Tax Freedom Day

The Taxpayers Union broke the good yet sad news:

Congratulations New Zealand, as at 10.04am today you are working for yourself. However, the fact the Government accounts for all the money earned until today means it is unlikely New Zealanders will be celebrating. The government has effectively sucked up all of our earnings for the first 154 days of the year.

OECD figures put the current burden of government in New Zealand as 42.2% of GDP. This is larger than the 30% recently quoted by Finance Minister Bill English because it also takes into account crown entities, such as SOEs as well as local government. …

We need to aspire to countries like South Korea, Switzerland and Australia. this year fell on 21 April in South Korea, 2 May in Switzerland and 11 May in Australia.

March would be my ideal month for freedom day, but I’ll settle for April.

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