taxation

Should the government borrow more, spend more, tax more?

There is an ongoing public argument about the government’s macroeconomics stance. It is largely based on the fragmentary promises of Labour when it is was in opposition, and amounts to, to simplify, whether the government should borrow more. So let us set out the logic.

Rather than embracing tax like a beloved cuddly toy, we should pay it kicking and screaming and we'll be the better for it if we do.

The internet throughout New Zealand seems to be buzzing with the possibility that taxpayers can be persuaded to feel positive about paying tax. Not just positive, downright giddy.

Can we extend our tax system to make it more suitable for a modern (post-neoliberal) nation?

The economists in the macroeconomic division writing Treasury’s 1984 Post Election Briefing got into a robust argument about the purpose of taxation. Their boss, notorious for his common sense, broke the impasse. The Briefing read ‘the purpose of taxation is to raise revenue for the government’.

On the day before Christmas, all through the nation, we jammed the malls, shared a little elation. The bills keep coming, we’re feeling the pinch, and our New Year’s guest could be The Grinch

John Key wished us all a Merry Christmas on Radio New Zealand. He urged us to get out and enjoy New Zealand, our great outdoors, great wine, great food.