Confusion reigns on Labour's Capital Gains tax

Published: Tue 12 Sep 2017 02:23 PM
New Zealand National Party
Media Release
12 September 2017
Confusion reigns on Labour's Capital Gains tax
Confusion reigns on Labour's capital gains tax and where the boundaries are between that and people's inheritances, National Party Finance spokesperson Steven Joyce says.
"After ruling in an inheritance tax yesterday on the house of deceased parents Labour seemed to rule it out today," Mr Joyce says. "But the manner of Grant Robertson's response at the Mood of the Boardroom debate this morning suggests the policy on inheritance tax isn't cut and dried.
"Labour has more questions to answer about the boundary between inheritances and assets to which capital gains apply.
"For example, what constitutes an exempt property if it is gifted from the parents' estate?
"Do you have to live in the inherited property to be exempt from a capital gains tax, or can you just flick it on? What if you rent it out for a period? How long would that period be before you are subject to a capital gains tax on sale?
"Do the parents have to live in the property right up until when they die? What if they go into a rest home?
"And if there is no capital gains tax on an inherited family home, would there be one on shares, a family business or a farm?
"The public will want to know whether Labour is still talking about an inheritance tax on everything but the family home.
"If the exemption is just for a family home, then won't it just encourage parents to invest more in a house rather than on productive assets so they can pass on a tax free capital gain?
"Labour can't persist with this charade of leaving capital gains tax to a working group. If they are prepared to say some things aren't in, they need to tell New Zealanders the rest of the story.
"Once again they look like they are making up policy on the hoof."

Next in New Zealand politics

Education Crisis Unaddressed
By: Education for All
PSA national secretaries vote for equal pay on Suffrage Day
Dairy farms using same amount of water as 60 million people
By: Ropere Consulting
Labour and Greens confirm commitment to restoring democracy
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
Labour committed to fair and progressive tax system
By: New Zealand Labour Party
National & ACT Ignore Human Rights Pledge
By: Bryan Bruce
124 years since NZ women got the vote
By: New Zealand Government
Women’s Suffrage Day to reflect on gender diversity
By: New Zealand Law Society
Gill Greer & Vanisa Dhiru Appointed to Lead NCWNZ
By: Gender Equal NZ
Gender Equal NZ Launched to Change Sexist Attitudes
By: National Council of Women of NZ
Q+A: Bill English
Q+A: Jacinda Ardern
Commercial water charge the right thing to do
By: Green Party
Peters: Excerpts From Morrinsville Speech - Water Charges
By: New Zealand First Party
Peters’ appearance at Morrinsville hypocritical
By: ACT New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media