Govt won’t rule out taxing family home

The New Zealand National Party

The Government is providing no certainty to homeowners, despite claiming the family home would be exempt from a Capital Gains Tax because it won’t say whether a home-based business or flatmates would trigger the tax, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says.

“The Tax Working Group’s recommendations would impose a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the family home if 50 per cent or more of the property is used for a business or the owner has taken on flatmates to help pay the mortgage.

“If less than 50 per cent of the property is used for income-earning purposes then the owner would have to decide between paying a CGT or not claiming deductible expenses. Either way, they will be hit with more tax.

“That would discourage home-based businesses and make it harder for someone to buy a house. Many start-ups begin at the kitchen table or in the garage of a family home. Why penalise people who are prepared to take a risk, start a business and create jobs?

“A CGT would impose another layer of tax on many New Zealanders and drive up their costs. They deserve straight answers on what they’ll be facing but instead, the Government is prevaricating on whether the family home would be off-limits under this divisive tax.

“Bringing in one of the most onerous CGT’s in the world will do nothing to alleviate our housing shortage and will discourage New Zealanders from investing and saving.

“The Tax Working Group got advice on links between tax and the housing market and its final report is clear – tax has very little to do with housing affordability or high house prices but it may result in an increase in rents.

“National will fight the Government’s proposed tax grab every step of the way. We will repeal a Capital Gains Tax and we won’t introduce any new taxes in our first term. National believes New Zealanders should keep more of what they earn and don’t need ever more ways to be parted from their hard-earned dollars.”

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