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Is GST a bread and butter issue?

OECD jurisdictions such as the UK, Australia, and Canada have regimes where tax is not applied to particular food items. However, the introduction of such a measure would be complex in nature and may not be an efficient tool to ultimately and quickly reduce the cost of food in New Zealand. Recent studies of overseas changes to VAT rates have also shown that a significant portion of any GST rate cuts are not passed on to the end consumers. When you also consider spending patterns, any reductions that are passed onto consumers would provide the greatest dollar benefit to the highest-earning households who spend more.



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