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Covid19 Cries Out For Basic Incomes

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 9:49 am | Perce Harpham

    This article is a self-contained beginning to a forthcoming small book by Perce Harpham. It is entitled "Why are the Poor poor?" and is expected to be available in ebook and book form from Amazon as well as in ebook ... More >>

A Modest Basic Income Could Lead Our Recovery

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 2:57 pm | Perce Harpham

To quick-start the economy there are various advocates of different approaches to give a temporary boost and hope that it will then continue. These vary from scattering money from a helicopter to funding the banks. All involve considerable expenditure. ... More >>

Basic Incomes Deserve Proper Thought

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 11:06 am | Perce Harpham

On April 15 Newsroom carried an article by Susan St John headed : "Universal basic income: be careful what you wish for " and saying "Any universal basic income NZ implements would likely be far too low, helping all the wrong people ... More >>

How Would A Basic Income Work?

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 3:40 pm | Perce Harpham

Thomas More, in 1516, published Utopia in which he proposed that everyone should have a Basic Income (BI). Many advocates have done the same thing since. Note that our Superannuation is just a limited version of that. And it has almost eliminated ... More >>

Draft Report 2 Of The NZ Productivity Commission Is Wrong About Universal Basic Income

Sunday, 23 February 2020, 4:13 pm | Perce Harpham

by Perce Harpham The discussion appears to be a shallow justification to reach a preconceived conclusion that " The Commission does not see merit in further investigating this option as a means of improving income smoothing ". Two quotations ... More >>

How to recover from a Lost Opportunity

Monday, 27 May 2019, 10:22 am | Perce Harpham

It is regrettable that the opportunity to consider both Tax and Benefits at the same time has been lost or, at the least, delayed. Both the Tax working Group and the Welfare Expert Advisory Group had great objectives set out for them but they ... More >>

Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems - Part 2

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 1:03 pm | Perce Harpham

Part 2 in a series of articles from Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems . Full paper available at More >>

Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems - Part 1

Monday, 30 July 2018, 12:26 pm | Perce Harpham

Part 1 in a series of articles from a paper available at More >>

Simplifying Our Tax & Benefit Systems

Monday, 30 July 2018, 12:14 pm | Perce Harpham

Summary and Conclusions Some History The Case for Enforcing a “trickle down” The New Zealand Scene Benefits to be expected from an Adult Basic Income Why are the Poor poor? Personal Income Tax Figure 1.Tax Rate versus Income Figure 2. Removing ... More >>

Solving Some Tax Inequities

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 11:44 am | Perce Harpham

National’s proposed tax cuts highlighted the unfairness of our system. Moving the 10.5% rate from $14,000/yr to $22,000 gave no benefit to those below $14,000 and $560/yr to those above $22,000 while the move of the 17.5% rate from $48,000 to $52,000 ... More >>

Universal Basic Income Will Improve Tax System

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 9:59 am | Perce Harpham

Our tax and benefit systems are not fit for purpose. Its easy to understand why Labour want to change them but don’t want to say how. More >>