Tax Swindle Graph

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, September 30th, 2010 - 29 comments
Categories: budget 2010, gst, same old national, tax - Tags:

Danyl over at DimPost has produced an excellent graph of the gains from National’s Tax Swindle.

This is using the Government’s own figures as dutifully re-printed by the media – so no adjustment for the massive inflation caused by the budget that means that roughly half of households will be worse off at the end of the year than at the start of it (according to NZ Institute of Economic Research).

The graph still doesn’t look good.

Danyl’s nicely pointed out where average wages and salaries are on the graph (not median, which are lower, and could have made the graph look worse…).

bradluen in the comments has calculated the relative gain in income, for those who reflexively add that “of course the rich do better in absolute numbers, they earn more, they get more…”

Net gain as a percentage of income:

If you earn $10K/year: 0.23%
If you earn $100K/year: 2.17%

And by the time you take out increased costs of mortgages from raised interest rates, higher rents from landlords passing on their tax avoidance being closed and extra childcare costs…  well, we can all see where the government’s borrowed money for their tax change is going – and it ain’t to average kiwis.

29 comments on “Tax Swindle Graph”

  1. One thing that irks me is people saying the average wage is $50K a year. Actually, that’s the average full-time wage. The median wage is $35K and the median income is just $28K or so – that means half of taxpayers have incomes below $28K. Tends to make National’s bias towards cutting the top rates even more obviously about rewarding an elite.

    Haven’t crunched the numbers but I reckon that people on the median income or lower would have been better-off with Labour’s completed tax package, rather than National’s tax switch.

  2. prism 2

    Listening to radio this morning. Most taxpayers going to be paying 17.5% – would this must mean that most are on low wages? And I presume that doesn’t include the 15% GST – 15+17.5 = 32.5% which would apply if the propensity is to spend all one’s income on GST loaded goods. But then there is the factor of housing etc that doesn’t incur GST so that has to be deducted from income to find the actual tax percentage and amount paid. Not quite transparent enough for everyone to be able to understand clearly.

    Then Dominic or Brendan economist this a.m. on Radnz made point about it being an inter-generational transfer. Older people drawing on savings for larger expenditures, and no longer wage earners, will pay the higher GST as all do, but won’t be receiving much benefit from lower wage tax. But then the same applies to low wage earners and beneficiaries of any age.

  3. Roger 3

    “And by the time you take out increased costs of mortgages from raised interest rates, higher rents from landlords passing on their tax avoidance being closed and extra childcare costs… well, we can all see where the government’s borrowed money for their tax change is going – and it ain’t to average kiwis.”

    Within weeks we will know exactly what these combined extra costs will be. We will also know years later what the cost of borrowing to pay for these tax cuts will be through interest payments and the unpalatable restrictions placed on future administrations. I suspect that the RWNJ’s will rationalize that everyone is gaining regardless of how much and that the highest income earners were paying too high a percentage of the tax bill. Lets look at these arguments.

    1. Some people will lose. The reduced government services will harm those that need them. The people that use them will be the ones who do not receive enough in their tax cut to cover the extra cost.

    2. Extra taxes on goods and services are will be passed onto the consumer if a business can afford to do so. With goods that are necessities this will usually be the case, with luxuries businesses may have to absorb some of the cost, especially during a recession. So food items that the poor buy, price goes up. New Porsche for the the wealthy person, probably minimal price change.

    3. At the median income, a person over their lifetime will earn $1.26 million assuming they work from 20-65. John Key has the wealth of over 39 median lifetime earnings right now. Graeme Hart has over 1269 median lifetime earnings right now. Paul Reynolds will earn over 5 median lifetime earnings this year. A person earning $100k will reach the median lifetime earnings in 12.6 years. They pay a large proportion of the tax bill because they earn a ridiculously large proportion of the wealth.

    4. The wealthy complain about paying tax for services they don’t use but they rely on government more than the poor. The owners of multiple properties and owners of capital that is used to run businesses from multiple sites need the police to act on crimes committed at multiple locations and districts. They travel around the country more often therefore they personally need hospitals in all areas of the country to be functioning correctly. The education of their children is important but also the education of all children as they will grow up to become the labour that goes into their business production function and develop capital that can grow their business. Their position and ownership of vast amounts of property and capital mean that they are more likely to need the justice system funtioning as they are more likely to require it as the plaintiff.

    Lets see this for what it really is, a smash and grab by the right at the expense of society. RWNJ’s I await your response.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Their position and ownership of vast amounts of property and capital mean that they are more likely to need the justice system funtioning as they are more likely to require it as the plaintiff.

      I guess that explains perfectly the Right’s throw away the keys attitude, three strikes, grow Corrections into the largest department in the land etc.

      • Roger 3.1.1

        Yes and they are not willing to pay for it. The next step is privatisation of the system or public-private partnership where they can own some of the process themselves and put lining their own pockets before justice and human rights. Oh thats right, this is already happening.

  4. ak 4

    Headlines we’d like to see:

    NORTH OF $50 NOW SOUTH OF $5 FOR MOST TAXPAYERS

  5. nilats 5

    Looking forward to my tax cut of $60/wk. If you are on $40, suck it up baby, thanks for the subsidy. Bout time tax got FAIRER for me.

    Tax cuts from NACTIONAL- i\\\’m lovin it.

    I will still pay more tax than most still so I don\\\’t expect too much whinging form you poor socialist luddites.

    • Roger 5.1

      A clear example of the mentality of the RWNJ. Self absorbed, a distorted idea of what fairness is that relates it to their selfish values, and condescending in a manner that is completely unwarranted. Rather than point out any argument as to why the wealthy should have higher tax cuts or how this is better for our country he just tells us to suck it up. But I guess you cannot expect much more than that really.

      • Luxated 5.1.1

        Roger before you replying to nilats you might want to think of this video.

        • Roger 5.1.1.1

          Lol, thanks, I am now somewhat wiser.

          • NickS 5.1.1.1.1

            There’s also Poe’s Law!

            • Maynard J 5.1.1.1.1.1

              There’s also the fact that this person failed three times to complete the simple action of typing in the anti-spam word, as indicated by the ‘/’ character before each apostrophe.

              This is what happens if you fail to enter the word, most people would copy the text, select ‘back’, paste, enter the spam word, and most will also realise that this feature forces the insertion of aforementioned / character before apostrophes.

              I sincerely doubt that someone with the intelligence (or lack thereof) to fail an anti-spam test on three consecutive attempts, and fail to notice the extra characters is capable of earning enough to pay $60 in tax a week, let along qualify for that much of a cut.

              What was your word, nilats? From? That’s an easy one to get wrong, or so it would appear.

              Let’s not even mention the brain power required to craft such gems as “I will still pay more tax than most still”.

              By the way lilnads, we’re all bludgers remember, so you’re still subsidising us if you do pay that much tax. Enjoy. (Apart from me. I earnz waaaay more tahn your getting lulz!!1)

          • Luxated 5.1.1.1.2

            Welcome!

  6. peter 6

    First pay packet in reflecting new PAYE rates.. As I earn over 100K very nice increase.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      *Guffaw*

      $100K p.a. was something to write about..maybe in the early ’90’s mate.

    • Maynard J 6.2

      You’re clearly lying, anyone earning a decent amount and who would harp on about it like that is a RWNJ and therefore would rort the system and pay minimal tax on a trust.

      My bet is you can barely get a block of cheese, peter.

    • Armchair Critic 6.3

      Even CEOs on multi-million dollar salaries are wage slaves. If you had any courage to your convictions you would be self employed.

  7. Pascal's bookie 7

    Amazing how all these thoroughly convincing and highly paid illiterate individuals decide that what they really want to do with their tax cut is pop on to the internet and have a wee skite about it on a blog they rarely if ever comment on.

    If they weren’t so transparent one might suspect that they were lefties trying to heighten the contradictions. As it is however, it is to laugh. I suspect compensation is playing a part.

  8. Anne 8

    Funny you should that Pb. I was begining to thunk that ignorince and illitracy was preriqasite for erning a hihe inkum.

    Could they all be the same person?

  9. burt 9

    If we graphed reversing this tax cut after it is implemented it would be the same graph for ‘tax increase’ . It’s the way progressive taxation works.

    You can’t support the progressive taxation model unless you accept this consequence. When you put tax rates up the rich get hit harder, when tax rates come down the rich get the biggest relief.

    You do understand progressive taxation don’t you bunji?

    • felix 9.1

      Weird, I was under the impression that the govt could write any tax law they liked.

      Is that not the case? Are they restricted by some higher power?

      • Maynard J 9.1.1

        Gerry Brownlee.

      • burt 9.1.2

        Even your lot eventually wrote a law that gave bigger tax relief to big earners than it gave it low earners. Even Cullen faced the reality of tinkering with a progressive model.

        And if your lot taught us anything at all, it’s that parliament is unconstrained in NZ.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1

          That’s because they were, and probably still are, stupid.

          Hopefully it won’t remain unconstrained for long.

        • felix 9.1.2.2

          Get to the point burt.

          Can parliament pass any tax law it likes or not?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      They could have made the first $10k tax free and everyone would have equally better off (if you think cutting government services is being better off). Of course, NACT didn’t want to do that. What they wanted and did was to give themselves and their rich mates lots of everyone else’s money (we’re borrowing for those tax cuts while also putting taxes up on the lower income earners).

      Tax swindle is a good description of what NACT have done.

      • Jim Nald 9.2.1

        I don’t understand. Nats cry poor, slash public service to the citizenry, borrow and run deficits … and that is responsible and popular Govt?

        • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1

          NACT is betting at controlling and framing the daily messaging than Labour is. Period.

          The fact that Labour doesn’t seem to have that much to say at the moment doesn’t really help either.

  10. NickS 10

    I look forward to getting less than $5 a fortnight thanks to National and subsidising the rich, who art obviously oh so much better than me, or any other poor person, irrespective of reality.

    Heh, I fail to see how this is actually going to help teh economy, given most of the people who will be pulling in the major tax cuts will likely invest it overseas, while otherwise the tax cuts for most would even cover a days wages at minimum wage. So somehow I expect I wont be seeing a lot of painting work on student job search this summer in Christchurch, and will instead be stuck with minimum wage labouring jobs and last-resort hell-gardens that are better hit with napalm or a chainsaw than “gardened”.

    But hey, what’s more important than giving the rich tax cuts and making those without much pay for it instead? Both now, and in the future as we pay the money borrowed to pay for it back.

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    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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