Appointments to Lottery Distribution Committees

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced 13 new members to ten Lottery distribution committees with terms commencing on 2 March 2015. Read more »

Will MPs Put Taxpayers’ Money Where Their Mouth is?

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is calling the bluff of MPs and has written to each one asking whether they will be accepting the backdated pay increases announced yesterday. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

Tax changes to help SMEs

Press Release – KPMG

KPMG says key changes in the Tax Bill released yesterday will be welcomed by business. The key proposal in the Tax Bill is to allow start-up businesses undertaking R&D to cash up their tax losses. The proposal, announced in last years Budget, … Read more »

SBS Bank delivers healthy result

Press Release – SBS Bank

SBS Bank delivers healthy result. SBS Bank today declared a surplus before tax of $20.9 million for the nine months ended 31 December 2014, a 41% increase on the same period in 2013. Read more »

English: Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University

Speech – New Zealand Government

Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event. Read more »

Government GST U-Turn

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is welcoming Revenue Minister Todd McClays announcement of a Government U-turn in relation to requiring bodies corporate to register for GST. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

MP Pay Rise Unjustified

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is sickened with the confirmation that the Remuneration Authority has approved a 5.4 percent annual pay rise for backbench MPs, backdated to July last year, and is calling for changes to the Remuneration Authority. Taxpayers Union … Read more »

More Wellington City Council Dummies?

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the announcement that Wellington City Council is now a UNICEF Child Friendly City , Taxpayers Union Spokesman, Ben Craven, says: Its bad enough that we have a ratepayer funded ‘youth council’ which is more about photo … Read more »

Pragmatic answer to GST for bodies corporate

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Bodies corporate will no longer be required to register for GST following the introduction today of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 201516, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says. Included in the omnibus … Read more »

Auckland Council’s Ten Very Expensive Tickets

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union can reveal that Auckland Councils economic development agency, ATEED, has gifted $50,000 of ratepayer money to the Remuera Golf Club for the Holden PGANZ Championship. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, … Read more »

It was all just pillar talk

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Steven Joyces confession that he can no longer guarantee a pillar-free design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre shows the Government has abandoned its dream of creating an iconic world-class structure, says Labour Economic … Read more »

KPMG welcomes debt capitalisation tax proposals

Press Release – KPMG

KPMG welcomes proposals confirming that shareholders can convert debt to equity funding for insolvent companies. This will provide business with a simple route to rationalise group structures without unwarranted tax effects. Read more »

Debt-remission consultation taxpayer friendly

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Debt-remission consultation taxpayer friendly Minister of Revenue Todd McClay has said that a consultation paper seeking public feedback on tax rules for related parties debt remission will lead to greater certainty and fairness for tax payers. This … Read more »

Government-Picked Winner Loses Taxpayers’ Money

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that taxpayers forked out $287,500 in corporate welfare to the failed eHome business that is currently in receivership owing $17.5 million to creditors. Read more »

Big Bill After Minister Bypassed Airport Security

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The cost to the taxpayer of the inquiry into former Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee deliberately breaching security at Christchurch Airport is $43,550. Read more »

NZ Super Referendum an Easy Choice for Taxpayers

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is backing ACT leader David Seymours call for a referendum on New Zealands growing superannuation burden. Reacting to Mr Seymours speech delivered this afternoon at the Partys conference, Taxpayers Union Executive … Read more »

NZTE Resisted Ateed’s Push into London

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that New Zealand Trade and Enterprise resisted attempts by Auckland Council’s economic development arm to create a new role in London for one of its former executives. Responding to the NZ Herald story published today , … Read more »

NZ government deficit smaller than expected in first half

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first six months of the financial year, as the consumption and corporate tax take rose ahead of forecast in December, having lagged estimates in … Read more »

Police PR Loses the Plot – Buys a Tractor

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Waikato Times report that Police have purchased a tractor for raising awareness of rural crime, Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

Pokie expenditure up in last quarter of 2014

Press Release – Department Of Internal Affairs

More money was spent on pub and club pokies in the last three months of 2014 compared with the previous quarter ended September 2014, according to figures compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs. Read more »

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