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Tax Freedom Day 2015

Today marks the first working day New Zealanders stop working for the Government and take home what they earn.  According to figures from the OECD, New Zealand’s total government outlays as a percentage of GDP is 41.4% this year, with Kiwis marking ‘Tax Freedom Day’ on Queens Birthday Monday. Tax...

Why abolishing the KiwiSaver $1,000 kick starter makes sense

On One News, they found someone to complain that they won’t be getting a free $1,000 KiwiSaver contribution from the taxpayer. She claimed that the contribution “kind of feels stolen” from her. Her name is Alexa Rae Johnson. The same one who only moved to NZ this month to start a job here. Has been here...

How to avoid ACC over-payment

ACC fees are being cut - so why is the NZTA trying to charge motorists more? Earlier this month ACC Minister, Nikki Kaye, announced cuts to the levies that motorists have to pay. The new fee regime will come into force from 1 July 2015. Unfortunately for taxpayers, it looks...

Stop the Travel Tax

In Budget 2015, Bill English has delivered a new tax on hard working New Zealanders - a tax on travel.Bill English's Travel Tax will clip the wings of Kiwi families - making it about $80 more expensive for a family of four to get the the Gold Coast.With the economy...

National deliver high tax, high spend Budget

Your humble taxpayer advocates have just been released from today’s Budget 2015 lock-up.  We wish we had better news From a taxpayer perspective, Budget 2015 is Bill English’s worst. We have awarded it a two out of ten, and “National’s Labour-Green high tax, high spend Budget”. Instead of controlling spending,...

The $26m flag referendum

During the 2014 election, part of National's campaign platform was to hold a referendum on the New Zealand flag. With the design process now underway, public opinion is divided over whether the $26m cost of the referendum is value for money.While some of the proposed designs have been taken seriously,...

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We are New Zealanders who have formed a union to stand up for hardworking New Zealand taxpayers. We represent the common interests of all taxpayers and aim to become New Zealand's largest union.

We are not a political party, and we don't represent big business or special interests. Joining the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union only takes a few minutes and costs $5. Membership entitles you to attend our annual conference, AGM and other events, and to get regular communications from the Taxpayers' Union.

We rely on people just like you to support and donate to our cause to fight government waste. Our annual operating budget is currently smaller than the smallest trade union.

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The Taxpayers' Union stands for value for money for government spending. We want our politicians spending money as if they'd worked as hard the taxpayers who earned it and argue that new taxes should only be introduced when there are equal decreases in other taxes. We believe in a fair and efficient tax system. We are not a political party, nor are we aligned to any.

We promote sensible restraint of government expenditure by:

  • Scrutinising government spending;
  • publicising government waste;
  • Arguing for an end to corporate and union welfare; and
  • promoting and efficient tax system.

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