Tax and Fairness

Tax and Fairness

Out of print – digital edition available

The world has changed a lot in the last thirty years, but New Zealand’s tax system hasn’t. Since the 1980s New Zealand’s taxation policy has remained the same, despite substantial economic and social changes. The system may be familiar, but is it fair?

Deborah Russell and Terry Baucher’s lively analysis shows why answers to this question cut to the heart of whether New Zealand can be considered an egalitarian country. Drawing on the latest evidence and using plain language, they explore thorny issues such as the taxation of housing, multinationals and inequality between generations. The remedies proposed in this short book will help change the way New Zealanders think about tax in the twenty-first century.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: May 2017
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518608
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518608

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'Tax will be the ultimate reform test', Colin James, Otago Daily Times, 7 November 2017.

'Who has the better tax deal for you?', Radio Live, 17 July 2017.

'Is New Zealand's Tax Code Fair?', Radio Live, 9 July 2017.

'Book Review: Tax and Fairness, by Deborah Russell & Terry Baucher', Simon Boyce, The Reader: The Booksellers New Zealand Blog, 19 June 2017.

'Numbers, words and sport all add up for tax expert Terry', Marie Vieth, Devonport Flagstaff, p.22, 15 June 2017.

Terry Baucher on Back Benches, 24 May 2017.

'Three hard ways to make multinationals pay more tax', Deborah Russell, Newsroom, 25 May 2017.

'Why a capital gains tax is fairer', Terry Bacuher, Newsroom, 25 May 2017.

'KiwiSaver still good investment, says govt', Demelza Leslie, RNZ, 22 May 2017.

'What's Fair', Peter Malcolm, Scoop Review of Books, 19 May 2017.

'Terry Baucher on how a change in tax law caused the current housing crisis', Terry Baucher,, 11 May 2017.

'Terry Baucher on how the proliferation of KiwiSaver is making the need for a fully fledged capital gains tax all the more urgent', Jenée Tibshraeny,, 10 May 2017.

'Tax Freedom Day has arrived, and so has the time to talk about tax fairness', Rob Stock, Stuff, 8 May 2017.

'KiwiSavers 'harshly' taxed compared to property investors, book claims', Rob Stock, Stuff, 7 May 2017.