Why is National increasing taxes?

BY David Seymour at 27 March, 2017


Forget Bill English’s tax cut tease: National continues to raise tax by stealth using bracket creep, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Inflation and nominal wage growth continue to push taxpayers into higher tax brackets, even when they’re not getting any richer in real terms.

“This bracket creep costs the average earner almost $500 a year, and the figure keeps going up.


Vaping: Don’t subsidise! Legalise – without excise

BY David Seymour at 2 March, 2017


“There’s no need for taxpayers to subsidise vaping,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“If the government legalises nicotine e-cigarettes as planned, there should be a competitive market, with affordable products available wherever you can buy tobacco.

“However, anti-smoking campaigners should be concerned that the government will slap a fat excise tax on nicotine vaping. That’s currently being considered.

“Let’s resist the urge for a cash grab. Taxing e-cigarettes would discourage smokers


National leaves ACT alone in tax cut commitment

BY David Seymour at 8 February, 2017


It’s hard to imagine the Government ever cutting taxes if it won’t do so now, says ACT Leader David Seymour following the Finance Minister’s select committee appearance today.

“Despite unexpectedly high surpluses, the Government still says it will only cut taxes ‘if fiscal conditions allow’.

“How is it that even when the Finance Minister finds himself with an unexpected $7.7 billion in his pocket, tax cuts still aren’t a Budget priority? He waffles about how forecasts


Excuses to avoid tax cuts don’t stack up

BY David Seymour at 8 December, 2016


The Government’s excuses for delaying tax cuts don’t stack up, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of Treasury’s Half Year Update.

“Bill English admitted today that, even after earthquake costs are taken into account, a $473 million surplus remains. So why is Bill English talking down tax cuts when he knows he can afford them?

“We could, for example, update tax brackets to reflect changing incomes. It’s ridiculous that workers enter the top


How to cut tax after an earthquake: eliminate waste

BY David Seymour at 22 November, 2016


Taxpayers and earthquake victims would benefit if the government tackled wasteful spending, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The opposition is using the Kaikoura recovery bill as an excuse to rubbish potential tax cuts. But they’re actually letting the Government get off easy,” says Mr Seymour.

“ACT says it’s possible to fully fund the recovery, while cutting tax at the same time. The Government just has to finally get tough on the enormous waste that occurs