Budget 2022 highlights

Tax concerns take a back seat in Budget 2022 as the Government focuses instead on the rising cost of living, health and climate change measures.

Cost of living

Front and centre is a short-term “cost of living payment” targeted at those aged 18 and over who earned less than $70,000 pa in the past tax year. (Anyone receiving the Winter Energy Payment will not be eligible for the cost of living payment.)

The $350 payment will be paid in 3 instalments over 3 months, beginning 1 August 2022.

The other elements of the cost of living package include a time-limited extension to measures previously announced: fuel excise cuts, half-price public transport and a reduction in road user charges.

Business-friendly announcements

Changes of specific interest to business include:

  • The introduction of legislation removing the use of restrictive covenants on land that effectively prevent new entrants from entering the grocery retailing market
  • $100 million in capital funding for a Business Growth Fund aimed at SMEs in partnership with New Zealand’s major banks to improve SMEs’ access to finance
  • $653 million to fund further decarbonisation, including supporting businesses to shift to low-carbon energy sources
  • $60 million to improve broadband infrastructure in the badly-served areas of the country
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