The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - – Richard

Easter is a time in the Christian tra­di­tion, of sac­ri­fice. Je­sus of Nazareth gave up his life on the cross for the greater good and re­demp­tion of mankind.

Be­lieve that as you may, but when it comes to max­imis­ing prof­its, any idea of sac­ri­fice for the com­mon good, gets thin on the ground.

Ac­tu­ally, I’m not even talk­ing sac­ri­fice here. I’m talk­ing about pay­ing your dues. Big multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and cor­po­ra­tions that avoid pay­ing their fair share of tax, im­pov­er­ish us all.

These crafty Croe­sus cor­po­ra­tions make use of tax­payer funded in­fra­struc­ture to move their goods and ser­vices as well as pro­vide an ed­u­cated work­force, but like the fifth man at the bar, duck out be­fore buy­ing their round.

There’s some­thing wrong when 20 off-shore com­pa­nies reap­ing $10 bil­lion in sales from Kiwi con­sumers, pay a pal­try $1.8mil­lion in tax.

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