Business Scoop


Tobacco Tax Evasion Case Is The Natural Outcome Of High Excise

Press Release – Taxpayers’ Union

The case of an Auckland businessman illegally importing 19 million cigarettes , and evading $18.7 million in tax, is the natural result of extremely high tobacco excise rates, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke … Read more »

Dairy Farmers Say ‘yes’ To Milksolids Levy

Press Release – DairyNZ

Levy paying dairy farmers have voted to continue the sectors milksolids levy. The one in six-year milksolids levy vote closed on May 30, with provisional results showing 57 percent of the 11,747 levy paying dairy farmers voted and of those … Read more »

Sara Hay Appointed Wellington City Council’s New Chief Financial Officer

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has appointed Sara Hay as its new Chief Financial Officer. Ms Hay joins Wellington City Council after several years of accomplished work at senior levels of, most recently, Auckland Council and, prior to that, at the Ministry … Read more »

Pay Cut Law Failure: Remuneration Authority Refuses To Use New Powers

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Remuneration Authoritys refusal to cut salaries for councillors and mayors paid under $100,000 makes a joke of the Governments much-vaunted pay cut legislation, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union . Taxpayers Union spokesman Jordan Williams … Read more »

Govt Should Delay Road Tax Increase Due To Economic Crisis

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

The Government should delay an increase in road user charges scheduled for 1 July this year, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. This tax increase will affect tradies, truckies, courier drivers, delivery vehicles basically any business … Read more »

People Won’t Be Fooled By Jones’ Tomfoolery

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Shane Jones bait and switch on the Provincial Growth Fund will not fool New Zealanders, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. Jones today announced that $600 million of the Provincial Growth Fund would be moved around in response to COVID-19. … Read more »

QLDC Continues Assistance Programmes Across Region

Press Release – Queenstown Lakes District Council

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Queenstowns tourism economy, affecting everyone from seasonal workers to home owners. As a result, many are facing tough financial challenges. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has provided a range … Read more »

Additional Public Holidays Would Be An Absurd Tax On The Economy

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Additional statutory holidays would serve as a regulatory tax on business, suppressing economic recovery, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Prime Minister should not be ‘ actively considering ‘ … Read more »

Tourism Talkfests Waste Time And Money

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Tourism talkfests announced in Budget 2020 are wasteful and potentially harmful to taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, Among the slew of Budget announcements was the formation of yet another … Read more »

Put The Petrol Tax Hike On Hold Along With Light Rail

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to defer the 4c hike to petrol excise duty and road user charges scheduled for July 1 while its light rail project is on hold, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. Given the unprecedented economic … Read more »

Rebuilding Together, With Tax

Press Release – Deloitte

Businesses have not been on the receiving end of much good news over the last decade. When comparing the initiatives of 2020 to the business tax announcements included in Budgets 2010 through 2019, most Budget tax announcements have been base maintenance … Read more »

Good News Tobacco Tax Not Hiked Again

Press Release – Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy

Its good news the Minister of Finance didnt use this Budget to hike tobacco tax, as has been the case for the past four years, says Nancy Loucas, Director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Ms Loucas comments follow the Government … Read more »

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