The Hon John Key, wants people who don't need to spend their upcoming tax cuts to donate them to charity, a step he hopes will help develop an American-style culture of giving.
Speaking at a Philanthropy New Zealand conference February 27th, Mr Key said those who “can't bring themselves to spend their tax cuts” should give the money to a charity rather than save it.
The cuts are part of the NZ Government's economic stimulus plans, aimed at increasing household spending in the recession.
Mr Key said though many people needed the tax cuts to pay debt or bills, “I am just as sure there are many who are in a position to donate some.
“I'll be reminding people that if they can't bring themselves to spend their tax cuts, there are many organisations who could benefit.”
“This policy will give a big boost to the giving tradition in New Zealand. We want to encourage that culture of giving.”
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