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


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