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The top 10% of the population has more wealth than the bottom 90%.
Source: Rashbrooke, M., Rashbrooke, G., and Chin, A. (2021). Wealth Inequality in New Zealand: an analysis of the 2014-15 and 2017-18 Net Worh Modules in the Household Economic Survey. IGPS Working Paper 21/10, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.
New Zealand’s tax take, which is around $20b-$30b less than a comparable European country would raise, is not enough to meet current and future challenges.
Source: Rashbrooke, M. (2022). NZ's problem is it doesn't tax enough, or fairly enough. Published on Stuff.
- The wealthiest New Zealanders pay just 12% of their total income on average.
Source: Coughlan, T. (2021). More than 40% of millionaires paying tax rates lower than the lowest earners, Government data reveals. Published on Stuff.
Every other developed country taxes, at the national level, either wealth, inheritances, property or capital gains
Source: OECD. (2018). The Role and Design of Net Wealth Taxes in the OECD. OECD Tax Policy Studies, No. 26.
- Ideas presented that would make a difference is not a comprehensive list. Other ideas include those relevant to financial transaction taxes and/or taxation of digital services
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