Budget: Business NZ welcomes tax changes
Today's budget will be viewed by business as a positive move toward a more competitive, higher-earning economy, says Business New Zealand.Chief executive Phil O'Reilly said the budget's tax provisions were pointing in the right direction and the consisten
Today's budget will be viewed by business as a positive move toward a more competitive, higher-earning economy, says Business New Zealand.
Chief executive Phil O'Reilly said the budget's tax provisions were pointing in the right direction and the consistency of 28 percent for company and PIE taxes would make the system fairer.
"Achieving the 28 percent rate for company tax rate in the 2011/12 financial year - two years earlier than Australia's company rate goes to 28 percent -- will be a boost to competitiveness," he said.
"Reducing the top rate of personal tax to 33 percent will have a positive impact for thousands of businesses that pay personal rather than company tax."
Mr O'Reilly said the depreciation provisions - across all buildings with an estimated useful life of 50 years or more - also had the merit of consistency and fairness.
"These tax decisions are targeted at the long term health of the economy. It is to be hoped that future budgets will continue this positive approach."
Mr O'Reilly said budget funding for research and technology that was announced last week also constituted a long-term approach to building the economy.
Regulatory reform did not have the emphasis business would have hoped for in the budget, however the signalled intention to consult on scrutiny of existing regulation would be welcomed, he said.
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