April 05, 2018
Treaty settlements vulnerable to tax change
The chair of the Tax Working Group says he is keen to hear from Maori about what they want to see in the tax system.
The group has been asked to come up with recommendations for changes which will be put to the electorate going into the next election.
Sir Michael Cullen says it will meet with the Federation of Maori Authorities, iwi leaders and other Maori entities.
He says there are economic and historical factors which mean possible changes such as the introduction of a land tax may have different implications for Maori than non-Maori entities.
"Treaty settlements have been pretty miserable by and large. It would be pretty ironic or more than that if a government were suddenly to turn around and take back a great deal of the benefits of those settlements by way of a tax which falls particularly heavily upon Maori entities," Sir Michael says.
While increased fuel taxes may affect low income and Maori people disproportionately, the trade off should be increased public transport services which bring down household costs.
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