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In-Work Tax Credit Does Not Breach Human Rights

December 19, 2008 New Zealand Taxation  No comments

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has ruled that the In-Work Tax Credit does not breach the Bill of Rights or Human Rights Acts.

On the 3rd of June, 2008 a trial headed by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) against the Crown sought to find whether the In-Work Tax Credit aspect of the Government’s Working-for-Families package broke human rights.

The crux of the argument lay on the fact that to receive the $60 tax credit, a sole parent was required to be in paid employment for 20 hours per week, or for 30 hours in the case of two parents. According to CPAG almost 200,000 children in New Zealand were therefore discriminated against by the government as their parents were exclusively on benefits, or not working enough to qualify for the tax credit.

Furthermore, the Human Rights Review Tr...

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