3% will pay 25% of all income tax

Stuff reports:

New Zealand’s highest earners will pay almost 25 per cent of all received by the Government under Labour’s proposed top tax rate.

Labour campaigned on a new top tax rate of 39 per cent for people earning more than $180,000. It said that this would raise an extra $550 million a year and affect only the top 2 per cent of earners.

At present, the 3 per cent of earners who receive more than $150,000 a year in income pay 23.5 per cent of all income tax, or $8.67 billion of $36.85b.

NZ Initiative chief economist Eric Crampton said that would increase to 24.7 per cent if the Government was able to claim the full $550m in extra tax.

Some won’t be happy until the 3% have been taxed so heavily they leave.

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