Survey shows improved Inland Revenue service delivery

Press Release – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Satisfaction with Inland Revenues overall service has increased since last year according to an annual survey of Chartered Accountants. Read more »

McClay: Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ tax conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

Im pleased to be here today as this is my first speech since the election and I have, to my great satisfaction, retained the Revenue portfolio and therefore the privilege as the Minister of Revenue of opening this conference. Read more »

Accounting and audit industries bill passes third reading

Press Release – Ministry Of Consumer Affairs

The Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting and audit industries, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says. Read more »

Mayor proposes to penalise business with quick rates fix

Press Release – Employers And Manufacturers Association

Business is disappointed the Auckland Mayor proposes that the Council should keep an unfair rates burden on business, says Kim Campbell, Chief Executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. Read more »

Auckland Council Out of Control

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Len Browns pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per cent will come … Read more »

Duty-Free Tobacco Reduces This Weekend

Press Release – New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says on Saturday 1 November, the duty-free limit for bringing tobacco into New Zealand will reduce from 200 to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products. Read more »

Gisborne: New rates revaluations released

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

New rating valuations for all properties across Gisborne district have been completed and will start arriving in the letter boxes of property owners next week. Read more »

Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Councils proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labours transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil … Read more »

Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining … Read more »

IAB: Two pathways for transport in Auckland

Press Release – Auckland Council

A group of key transport stakeholders, collectively the Independent Advisory Body (IAB), today present its findings on how Auckland can fill its $12 billion transport funding gap over the next 30 years. Read more »

Variable Motorway Use Charge to fund Auckland transport

Press Release – NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

“A variable motorway user charge of around $2.00, higher at peak and lower off peak, is the best way to fund and manage Aucklands transport system,” says Stephen Selwood Chief Executive of the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development. Read more »

Govt responds to Auckland transport report

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Auckland Council are welcome to have a debate about future transport infrastructure investment plans, but the Government remains sceptical about the options being presented, Transport Minister Simon Bridges said today in response to the release of Funding … Read more »

Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of tolls. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

NZ to join global crackdown on tax evasion

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today announced New Zealands timetable for participation in a global automatic exchange of information aimed at cracking down on tax evasion. Read more »

Silence is golden at $48,000

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Shortsighted cost cutting by the Government has forced Inland Revenue to fork out more than $48,000 on top-of-the-line noise cancelling headphones so staff can do their jobs in battery farm working conditions, Labours State Sector spokesperson … Read more »

Browning Must Come Clean

Press Release – slightlyleftofcentre

“Green MP Steffan Browning needs to remove his proverbial snout from the taxpayer provided trough and explain his incredible spending on travel and accommodation,” says Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz. Read more »

Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt. Read more »

Auckland should raise its Uniform General Charge

Press Release – Employers And Manufacturers Association

The big increases in property valuations reported today would have far less impact on rates increases and decreases if Auckland Council raised the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC), the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. Read more »

Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack up a bill of $54,020 … Read more »

Council CEO details options to prevent forced house sale

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has today written to Penny Bright making it clear that the forced sale of her house because of her long-term overdue rates arrears was not the councils preferred course of action. Read more »

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