I wouldn't call that corruption, I'd call it tax avoidance or evasion. Quite different. Corruption is someone in power asking for a bribe, he just gave you an option.
It's a conspiracy to break the law.
That's corruption. But it is interesting people do try to draw some sort of distinction between the two. But it really boils down to "My corruption is OK, but theirs isn't". It's all illegal....and we all end up paying for it in higher taxes or a lower level of services.
Well, when you say "we all" you presumably mean "the minority of taxpayers in NZ who are net payers rather than net recipients" because that number is actually fairly small as a percentage.
LL means taxpayers, thats everyone that earns an income. Whoever pays tax pays NZ's bills. If less tax is collected, tax rates must rise or the services must reduce
However if you are receiving more back than you put in you are not really a taxpayer, are you? See this exchange from Parliament:
Michael Woodhouse: Which groups now pay most of the tax collected by the Government?
Hon BILL ENGLISH: Our tax and transfer system is highly redistributive, and the number of people paying income tax is surprisingly small. The lowest-income 43 percent of households currently receive more in income support than they pay in income tax. The 1.3 million households with incomes under $110,000 a year collectively pay no net tax—that is, their total income support payments match their combined income tax. The top 10 percent of households contribute over 70 percent of income tax, net of transfers—over 70 percent of income tax, net of transfers. This system is highly redistributive and we believe it is fair.
And people say the top tax brackets should be raised...