Excise = state sanctioned theft

Well, the government confirmed the addition of another 3c a litre to its multi-million-dollar program of stealing money from wineries and rural communities aka Excise.

To put that in perspective, we are a very small winery and in our 20-odd years of operation we have now paid over a million dollars in excise!

If we didn’t have excise the government would still have received some of that million in tax on profits but most of it would have been spent in our rural community on employment, better wages and re-investment for future growth.

Instead that money disappears into a black hole in Wellington and its loss to us makes the sustainability of an inherently risky business
(weather, frost etc) that much more difficult.

Thanks Bill – for nothing.

Roger Parkinson

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