Why NZ would pay for a major rail project with tax on income
It is no surprise that the country’s major infrastructure projects have become tax-paying enterprises, especially when it comes to rail.
The National Party has a long history of promoting infrastructure and the railways as the countrys future.
But this tax-free status has come at a price.
NZTA said this tax would generate $1.4 billion a year in revenue and create jobs.
It would be one of the biggest infrastructure investments in New Zealand’s history.
The government would pay a 10-cent levy on all income over $1 million, or a $5 surcharge on all incomes over $5 million.
It would also pay for the project through tolls, new train tracks, and other revenue streams.
Tax revenues from the tax would be invested in the infrastructure, including the Port of Waitangi, a national park and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
It is estimated the cost of the project could be $500 million over 20 years.
And the tax will have little impact on the bottom line.
New Zealand Transport Agency head John Cartwright said the tax was not needed as the money would come from the taxes collected from the private sector.
“The biggest challenge for us was to get this tax in place,” he said.
Cartwright said there were two main benefits.
First, the tax collected would go towards paying off debt from the Port, the Auckland Bay, the Northland Highway, and the rest of the nation.
Second, the taxes could be used to fund more important infrastructure projects, such as the $200 million upgrade of the Christchurch CBD, which would bring the city back on the national map.
While there were still some uncertainties over how the tax works, it seemed to be a win for the government.
New Zealand’s government has long promoted infrastructure as an important part of its economic future, but there are some who doubt the tax’s benefits.
In a 2013 report, the National Party’s John Key highlighted the importance of infrastructure investment in the future, citing the Port and Auckland Bay as examples.
But a poll by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research found the public believed infrastructure investment had been done in the wrong way, leading to delays and wasted money.
This tax would create jobs and the New England region could grow, Mr Cartwright warned.
There are also concerns about the impact on tourism.
Some in the private and public sectors are concerned the tax could make the region less attractive to foreign investors, and that the tax is not revenue neutral.
Opposition parties have said the NZTA tax could have a negative impact on investment in tourism, but the New Deal government has consistently maintained that the Tax has no negative impact.
So far, the Government has not ruled out a future tax on private businesses, but said there was no current plan to introduce one.
With the tax likely to be rolled out over the next three years, Mr Key said the country had an opportunity to be part of the solution.
He said the Tax would create more jobs and investment in New England, which was the most important issue in his party.