Tuesday, August 19, 2014
New Zealand's Green Party has announced that it would raise the country's top tax rate if it wins this year's election.
The party said that it would be able to generate NZD1bn in additional revenue by creating a new top tax rate of 40 percent for those earning above NZD140,000 (USD118,715), along with a 40 percent tax rate for trusts, and measures to tackle tax avoidance.
The additional revenue would be used to tackle child poverty, according to the party's announcement. In particular the reform would fund:
Metiria Turei, the party's co-leader, said that the new top tax rate would only affect three percent of taxpayers. She said that New Zealand would still have one of the lowest top tax rates among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries if the rate is raised to 40 percent.
New Zealand will hold its election in September this year. In the last (2011) election, the Greens received 11 percent of the vote, giving them 14 seats in Parliament.