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We Won, You Lost. Eat That!: A Political History o
by Paul Goldsmith

ISBN: 9781877378225
PUBLISHER: David Ling Publishing Limited
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 384
DIMENSIONS: 240mmX165mm

We Won, You Lost. Eat That! explores New Zealand's tax history for the first time, and draws its title from Michael Cullen's famous political taunt. Tax has always aroused passions. While most paid little to the taxman in the first few decades 1840, they still argued vociferously about the relatively light burdens their elected representatives imposed. The arguments haven't ceased as the varieties of tax and overall tax burden have both increased, almost inexorably. We Won, You Lost. Eat That! takes readers through our history, from the first customs tariff imposed in 1840 to the Dog Tax War of 1898, from the poll tax on Chinese migrants that was sharply increased by the Liberals in the 1890s to the 90 per cent top marginal income tax rate that confronted the most highly paid during the Second World War. As politicians struggle with the temptations that the power of taxation dangles before them and taxpayers respond to frequent changes in methods and levels of taxation, the battles have been fiercely fought. Auckland biographer and historian Paul Goldsmith shows in this fast paced book that our tax history is full of drama and controversy.

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