Why do you pay income tax?

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Inland Revenue collects taxes on behalf of the government.

Everyone who earns money in New Zealand must pay their share of tax. The government uses taxpayers' money to pay for services we all need - such as healthcare, education and environmental protection and recreation.

Here's how the government spent our taxes in 2011-12

 Government spending for 2011-2012

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If people don't pay their fair share, everyone misses out.