The world has changed a lot in the last thirty years, but New Zealand’s tax system hasn’t. Since the 1980s New Zealand’s taxation policy has remained the same, despite substantial economic and social changes. The system may be familiar, but is it fair?
Deborah Russell and Terry Baucher’s lively analysis shows why answers to this question cut to the heart of whether New Zealand can be considered an egalitarian country. Drawing on the latest evidence and using plain language, they explore thorny issues such as the taxation of housing, multinationals and inequality between generations. The remedies proposed in this short book will help change the way New Zealanders think about tax in the twenty-first century.
Reviews and Press Mentions
"KiwiSaver still good investment, says govt", Demelza Leslie, RNZ, 22 May 2017.
Green Party Press Release "National ignoring tax advantages of property speculation", Scoop 22 May 2017
"Tax and Fairness: What's wrong with the system?", Sunday Morning, RNZ, 21 May 2017
"What's Fair", Peter Malcolm, Scoop Review of Books, 19 May 2017.
"Terry Baucher on how the proliferation of KiwiSaver is making the need for a fully fledged capital gains tax all the more urgent", Jenée Tibshraeny, interest.co.nz, 10 May 2017.
"Tax Freedom Day has arrived, and so has the time to talk about tax fairness", Rob Stock, Stuff, 8 May 2017.
"KiwiSavers 'harshly' taxed compared to property investors, book claims", Rob Stock, Stuff, 7 May 2017.
Book Press Release: "We need to talk about why we pay taxes", Scoop 8 May 2017
Print publication: May 2017
Ebook publication: May 2017