Articles tagged Working For Families

The final details of the Government’s much-touted Families Package have been released and will see a huge boost for families with children.


It was tit for tat, as Labour unleashed its version of National’s family income package that would scrap the Government’s lauded tax cuts. Shane Cowlishaw looks at how Labour's package compares, and whether it will be enough to drag the party out of the doldrums?

As expected, the centrepiece of this year’s Budget is a family package. Shane Cowlishaw explores where the money will be spent.

Working for Families has been tweaked in recent years in ways that squeezed inflation-adjusted incomes and increased marginal tax rates. Shane Cowlishaw examines whether the policy is failing and if it could be given a boost in the Budget.

David Cunliffe has formally dropped Labour's Goff-era proposals to exempt fruit and vegetables from GST and to exempt the first NZ$5,000 of income from tax. He was coy when asked if it would allow him to announce an extension of Working for Families to beneficiaries in his State of the Nation address on Monday.