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


Lower unemployment? Time for tax cuts

BY David Seymour at 2 November, 2016


The Government’s strong employment figures, on top of the recovering milk prices, are another reason we should cut taxes, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of new employment figures.

“As more people move into employment, the Government sucks up extra revenue from income tax and spends less on benefits. That creates space to give workers some long-awaited tax relief.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t have to wait eight years between tax cuts, especially when


Why not cut tax today?

BY David Seymour at 18 October, 2016


The Government could cut taxes today if it wanted, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be bribed and manipulated with the vague whiff of tax cuts. Instead, the Government should cut taxes now, then campaign in 2017 on its record, instead of just promises. There’s nothing in the law that forces the Government to wait for a Budget to cut taxes.

“The Prime Minister’s polling might make tax cuts look unpopular, but ACT believes