862 Perceptions of tax spending by the Maori operators Like the Pacific group

862 perceptions of tax spending by the maori

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8.6.2 Perceptions of tax spending by the Maori operators Like the Pacific group, the Maori in this research were more satisfied with welfare spending than were the European and Asian groups as more of their extended families benefitted from this tax spending, despite the welfare abuse witnessed by most Maori in this study. Their short term orientation, and receiving sickness and unemployment
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150 financial benefit caused them to be satisfied with welfare spending. Their level of tolerance towards welfare abusers reflected their cultural values of femininity as discussed in Chapter 4, section 4.5.5. However, Maori operators suggested that welfare spending promoted laziness and dependency on the State by some welfare recipients: “Like some of my own family have lived off the dole (unemployment benefit) for three generations, and have not worked before. They can work, but they don’t want to work and they come up with all sorts of excuses for not working. Like the sickness benefits, I know of guys who have five different names and they are earning five lots of income out of my tax money and they are useless.” (M2) “I have seen other people who are abusing the welfare system. They would be on study loans and then they are on the unemployment benefits for a couple of years at the same time. I have seen people who had trump up their employment so that they can get their sickness benefits and stuff, and they are on extended sickness benefits and they are absolutely fit to work.” (M3) “I see the welfare abuse all the time. I am very familiar with it and the typical situation is like the young Maori women. A lot of the girls got knocked up and they just go on the DPB (domestic purpose benefit for single parents) forever and a day.”(M9) In summary, Maori operators in this study experienced tax payment difficulties due to their high collectivism, short term orientation and low uncertainty avoidance values. This was compounded by their low level of financial literacy and incorrect perception of money, and they placed little value on cash management. Consequently, Maori operators in this study experienced more difficulties and challenges with tax compliance under the self assessment tax regime. This adds to the existing literature that for some ethnic groups, an inability to pay taxes on time could be traced to their historical perceptions of money, and cultural values that do not emphasise future planning or allocation. In particular, indigenous Maori, who had historically transacted without money, and who have collectivistic, short term orientation reinforced by low uncertainty avoidance values, have a greater likelihood of tax payment difficulty. 8.7 Interplay of cultural factors for tax payment and tax spending perceptions The impact of the cultural factors on the ethnic SME operators’ tax payment experiences is best summarised in Table 8.1 as shown on the next page. From the discussion so far, the main cultural factors impinging on the ethnic operators’ tax
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