From the site:
“The only two universal truths. Death and Taxes.
Entitleme is an effort to deduce an individuals effective tax rate. The difficulty in calculating an effective tax rate stems from defining what is or is not a tax. My current thinking is, “if you don’t pay it you go to jail” it is a tax. A subsidy or rebate on the other hand is ‘if you can buy a bottle of wine with the proceeds’ its a subsidy. In this way, a Childcare/Housekeeper end of year rebate counts, but Under-5 free doctors visits aren’t.
The initial goal of this website is to calculate whether Australians pay more or less tax than Kiwis. Now that I’ve finally got most of the Inland Revenue and Work & Income calculations going – I can start on the Australian tax system. In the end I want to be able to compare most Western countries with each other.
As time goes by I’ll post interesting comparisons and peculiar anomalies in the New Zealand tax system. I’ll also finalise calculating the Rates burden for each individual city and region.”
Apparently we have Jon to thank for putting this together.
Our site stats suggest that there’s a fair few people in government reading this – what about putting something similar together or paying Jon to do if for you… 😉