There we go, you see tax as punishment, i see it as equitably contributing to the country. I want EVERY one to be better off in NZ, not just the rich, or business owners like myself. [snip]
Glad you used the word equitably...
So you want everyone to contribute based on how much of the shared pool of tax dollars they actually use? WHat? No?
Ok then, maybe you want all workers to all contribute the same absolute number of dollars per year as Tax? Oh, No, again?
Of course not. High wage earners pay FAR MORE in tax than the benefit they receive, low wage earners and unemployed pay FAR LESS tax than the benefit they receive. This is the price we pay for living in society...
However, taxation is _not_ equitable, it's not even close. The rich pay FAR MORE than the poor, both in absolute terms and as a ratio of contributed/benefit.
It's not meant to be equitable - you certainly don't want that!
Cheers - N