Why is National boasting about taxing New Zealanders?

BY David Seymour at 12 September, 2016


The Government’s boast about income redistribution takes campaigning from the right and governing from the left to a whole new level, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The National Party has quit hiding its socialist streak – it’s boasting about it,” says Mr Seymour.

“When Steven Joyce literally puts out press releases boasting about increased income redistribution, it’s easy to see why National needs ACT to put the right back into centre-right.

“With Bill English safely


Let’s not set back taxpayers’ rights by 327 years

BY David Seymour at 29 August, 2016


Michael Woodhouse’s move to bypass parliamentary approval of tax changes via Orders of Council would take taxpayers’ rights back 327 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The move was first noticed by the Taxpayers’ Union last week.

“The Bill of Rights 1689, a mainstay of New Zealand law, is clear: no taxes should be levied without the authority of Parliament,” says Mr Seymour. “So why is Michael Woodhouse breaking 327 years of precedent? And why didn’t


Labour on Shewan report: then and now

BY David Seymour at 28 June, 2016


Andrew Little, then:

“John Key’s decision to appoint John Shewan to review New Zealand’s dodgy foreign trust rules shows a serious lack of judgement . . . A closed door review led by Mr Shewan will not restore our international reputation which has been so damaged by the Panama Papers.”

Grant Robertson, now:

“John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key . . . Labour supports the


Time to close ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole

BY David Seymour at 15 June, 2016


ACT Leader David Seymour used Question Time today to call on the Government to scrap the ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole exploited by certain businesses at the expense of others.

“Taxpaying businesses are at a competitive disadvantage due to certain companies’ tax-free status,” said Mr Seymour.  “This destroys the principle of a competitive marketplace.

“Ngai Tahu businesses like Go Bus and Shotover Jet are tax-exempt due to the iwi’s charitable status. Even church-owned businesses like Sanitarium or


Budget increases taxes on those in need

BY David Seymour at 26 May, 2016


ACT regrets an enormous lost opportunity to cut tax for some of those most in need.  Instead, the government has delivered those households a $1200 a year tax increase.

“Currently, the average smoker smokes 10.6 cigarettes per day, taxed at 67c each, making $7.09 per day or $2,588 per year,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Sadly, the rolling 10 per cent tax increases for the next four years announced today will increase the annual tax