Chip in - even just $1 - to help us send this giant postcard to Minister Judith Collins, along with a copy of the book Wealth and New Zealand which outlines some bold ideas for making our tax system fair for everyone. You'll be asked to add your name in Step 2!
After a year of public pressure our Government finally announced changes to our tax system, targeting international companies to pay their fair share.
But, as on many issues, our Government isn’t going far enough.
The proposed changes mean more companies will pay tax, like the rest of us. Yet big businesses like Facebook, Google, and Apple who have little to no physical presence here will continue to get away with cheating our communities of public funds for public services like schools, hospitals and roads.
The plan is to send Judith Collins a giant postcard thanking her for making progress toward clamping down on tax cheats while urging her to go further.
Along with the card we’ll gift Minister Collins, and the staff in her office, a copy of Max Rashbrooke’s book Wealth and New Zealand for some light reading on how to reduce extreme wealth inequalities.
In his book, Rashbrooke uncovers that the wealthiest 1% of people in New Zealand - about 34,000 adults - have nearly 20% of all the wealth. While the poorest half of the country - about 1.7 million adults - have only 3.8%. He suggests some of the following solutions to make our tax system fair, and provides evidence for each.
• Introducing wealth taxes like a capital gains tax, or reviving inheritance tax
• Having strict limits on how much an individual can donate to a political party
• Build enough houses to drive down prices so more people can own one
• Remove, or limit, tax breaks for property investors
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