11 Mar 2013

Campaign launched against car park tax plan

9:22 pm on 11 March 2013

Businesses and unions are coming together to fight a new tax proposal that could raise the price of car parks in Auckland and Wellington by 50% or more.

The newly formed Fringe Benefit Tax Action Group says the Government sneaked the tax into legislation in December. It is currently before a select committee.

Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Kim Campbell says businesses are angry they could be paying pay an extra $1500 a year for every on-site car park.

He said it is strange the Government is targeting only Auckland and Wellington given there is paid parking in other areas.

"It just seems inconsistent. Certainly it seems inconsistent with the Government's growth agenda which is trying to get compliance costs down for businesses."

The group is printing bumper stickers and starting a Facebook group to publicise its campaign.