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Its Official Child Support Is a Tax!

Politician and Official agree, so called Child Support is a Tax

On 15 August 2004 the Hon Paul Swain,Associate Minister of Revenue and John Wright, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Revenue, issued a media statement. Fairer tax treatment proposed by discussion document. I would suggest that you read the statement. In summary it’s a media release telling taxpayers that IRD want to try and be fairer.

“The proposals in this discussion document attempt to strike a balance between the two extremes, to encourage voluntary compliance with the tax laws in the best possible way.”

Interesting as this is have a look at question and answer number six :

6. Will these proposals apply to all taxes?

Yes, with the exception of child support. Child support payments may be passed on to the custodial parent and are paid for the support of children. If child support debt was written off the children involved would suffer and the principles of the scheme would be undermined.

Its nice to see Paul Swain, the politician, and John Wright, the official agreeing with what we have been saying for a long time.

It is child tax, not child support.It is calculated on gross income using an inflexible formula and mostly ends up in the consolidated fund. It targets a group called ‘liable’ parents and it takes no account of individual circumstances. The Child Support Act 1991 is focused on collecting money, not on supporting our children, and is nothing more than a tax applied to ‘liable’ parents

Given that David Cunliffe, espouses the notion, “that the level of payment is fair and that the system is based on sound principles.” one can only conclude : that taxing separated parents with a Child Tax is fair and sound?

David Cunliffe and other tax collectors would do well to remember the words of Tiberuius Cesar “It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.”

Myself, I am reflecting on the words of Henry David Thoreau ” If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.”

Think about it friends, a “peaceable revolution” may be the answer?

The Child Support Act 1991 is financially crippling, mothers, fathers, children, step families, parents with student loans, parents with variable income, parents who are suddenly unemployed, parents planning families……the list goes on.The time for change is long overdue.

Thursday night I am having a reunion with some of the friends I made on MEN’s Convoy 2004 as we prepare for the MENZ PIKNIK (for Dad ,Mum and the Kids) at Parliament this Sunday, Fathers Day. It will be a great celebration, music, clowns, lollies for the kids, a sausage sizzle, prizes and giveaways. A celebration of fathers on fathers day. All are welcome.

Following the PIKNIK I will be addressing the Wellington Members of NZChild Support Reform Network. An update on this will follow next week.

The theme of this address will be “Is a peaceable revolution the answer? ” Keep an eye on your email and letterboxes.

Together we will achieve our goal of a fair and reasonable child support system.

Keep the comments flowing.!