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Aussie Tax Sets NZ Election Challenge

Published: Wed 22 Sep 1999 09:48 AM
New Zealand must give urgency to match and better Australia’s new company tax rates.
Responding to news from Canberra that Australia will cut the corporate tax rate from 36c to 34c next year and then to 30c by 2002, Michael Barnett, Auckland Chamber Chief Executive said it is imperative that New Zealand “beats the Australian challenge by offering a more internationally competitive rate.”
For some time the Chamber of Commerce had been urging Government to set a bold target to reduce taxes to around 25%. “This would give business certainty, stop more businesses moving to Australia and provide a benchmark for attracting new investment and businesses to locate here.”
It is absolutely critical that the National-led Government responds to this latest Australian challenge by moving ahead immediately with a bold tax cut, and reinforces the stupidity of Labour’s proposals to lift taxes should it win the upcoming election.
ENDS

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