Home Grown tobacco claims about protecting profits

Press Release – Hapai Te Hauora

It is common practice for the Tobacco Industry to play on fears about illicit trade as they have done recently here in New Zealand with home grown tobacco. Read more »

Pokie takings increase

Press Release – Department Of Internal Affairs

Proceeds from pub and club gaming machines in the second quarter of this year were $9.1 million or 4.4 per cent more than for the same period last year, according to figures from the Department of Internal Affairs. Spending at 30 June 2016 was $216.1 … Read more »

Corporate Welfare for RLWC Shows Government Priorities

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union says health, education and fixing New Zealands housing crisis would be a much better use of the $1.35 million of taxpayer money that the Government will use to subsidise the 2017 Rugby League World Cup , which New Zealand … Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Calls For Examination of Term Limits

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is suggesting that term limits for local councillors may be a way to bring fresh thinking into local government. It is releasing a table of New Zealands longest-serving politicians, which shows the turnover of local councillors … Read more »

IRD insists project tracking below budget

Article – BusinessDesk

July 15 (BusinessDesk) – The Inland Revenue Department says a 10-year project to overhaul its IT infrastructure and introduce new processes to make it easier for taxpayers is still tracking below budget. Read more »

IRD transformation programme on time and under budget

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

The BusinessDesk story run on nbr.co.nz yesterday on the cost of Inland Revenues business transformation project risks giving the impression the programme is running over budget. In fact the project is continuing to track on plan and is currently … Read more »

Budget 2016 information release

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Treasury has published documents relating to Budget 2016 decisions on its website and these can be found at the following link: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/budget/2016/ Read more »

Sustainable Insurance: How’s your Financial Wellness?

Press Release – Sustainable Mortgage and Insurance Brokers

Your Financial Adviser is most likely one of those people like your Doctor or Dentist who you know should talk regularly but put off due to procrastination or fear. At Sustainable we understand this is perfectly normal for our clients and new customers. Read more »

Uber might not be a taxi firm but it must pay tax

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Grant Robertson MP for Wellington Central Finance Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 13 July 2016 Uber might not be a taxi firm but it must pay tax Uber needs to explain how it paid only $9000 in tax when it earned $1m in revenue and is one of the fastest … Read more »

Tax changes should have been made 3 years ago

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Grant Robertson MP for Wellington Central Finance Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 13 July 2016 Tax changes should have been made 3 years ago National could have avoided the international stain on our reputation from the Panama Papers if it had let IRDs … Read more »

Contractor gets home detection for not paying income tax

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

A Wellington contractor has been given six months home detention after failing to pay nearly $240,000 in income tax and GST. Read more »

Questions over covert taxpayer funding mayoral campaign

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union has been leaked an email from a senior Labour Party insider which appears to reveal that the Labour Party have used taxpayer money to produce a promotional video of Wellingtons controversial Deputy Mayor, and mayoral candidate … Read more »

Efforts To Simplify Taxation of ESS Commendable

Press Release – Chapman Tripp

Efforts to reduce the complexity of the tax treatment of employee share schemes ( ESS ) are commendable but current proposals by Inland Revenue ( IR ) go too far, says Chapman Tripp. Read more »

Interest and investment tax proposals released

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A discussion document released today could simplify taxpayers end-of-year processes while improving accuracy in the system, says Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse. Read more »

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding round now open.

Press Release – Department Of Internal Affairs

Members of the public are invited to apply to the current funding round of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust before applications close on 30 September 2016. Read more »

Cheating on Taxes No Obstacle to Securing Visas

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

A bewildering disconnect between Immigration NZ, Internal Affairs and IRD could lead to New Zealand citizenship and residency granted to tax cheats, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Key’s $1 Billion Infrastructure Fund A Cruel Joke

Press Release – Democrats for Social Credit

Yesterdays off the cuff announcement of a $1 billion infrastructure fund at the National party conference has been labelled a cruel joke by Democrats for Social Credit Deputy Leader and Finance Spokesperson, Chris Leitch. Read more »

Queenstown Airport loses bid

Article – BusinessDesk

July 4 (BusinessDesk) – Queenstown Airport has lost a dispute with the Inland Revenue Department over whether it should be able to claim depreciation for the cost of constructing its runway end safety area (RESA). Read more »

New report shows corporate welfare continues to soar

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Corporate welfare amounts to more than $800 per New Zealand household, according to a calculation by the Taxpayers Union contained in a report released today. The report, entitled Welfare Bums, is available here . Read more »

Government in knots on GST

Press Release – Booksellers NZ

The Government seems to be tying itself in knots over the collection of GST on small value goods including books bought from overseas online retailers, according to Booksellers NZ. Read more »

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