New Zealand ranked 22nd in ease of paying tax

Press Release – PwC

New Zealand is rated 22nd out of 189 economies in its ease of paying taxes, according to Paying Taxes 2015, now in its ninth edition. The unique study by PwC and the World Bank Group is the only piece of research which measures the ease of paying taxes … Read more »

Taxpayer money-go-rounds hampering growth: NZ Initiative

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) – Income redistribution schemes such as Working for Families, which pay back money people have often already paid as tax, are a barrier to the economic productivity improvements that could easily overcome projections showing … Read more »

Forsyth Barr Stadium Review Released

Press Release – Dunedin City Council

The review states it is clear the Stadium budgets were, and continue to be, too optimistic and there is an ongoing budget shortfall that needs to be addressed. Regardless of the option chosen, additional ratepayer funding will be needed. Read more »

Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers Union Spokesman Ben … Read more »

The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for resigning. Read more »

Auckland Council agrees same rates for same value properties

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Councils Budget Committee has rejected capping rates increases or decreases as part of its proposed rates policy for 2015/16, resulting in a fairer rates distribution among residential ratepayers. Read more »

Split Council votes on full increases up to and above 40%

Press Release – No More Rates

At todays Auckland Council Budget Committee several councillors tried to find ways to ease the pain for 126,000 residential ratepayers who face a rate rise of more than 10% next year including 51,000 who face rises between 15% and 40%+. Read more »

Auckland Ratepayers crucified by valuation system

Press Release – No More Rates

Rates changes range from increases of more than 40% to decreases of more than 40% All groups of ratepayers in Auckland are facing changes in their rates ranging from increases of more than 40% to decreases of more than 40%. – this huge spread applies … Read more »

Minimum family tax credit to rise next year

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says working families who are eligible for the minimum family tax credit will receive a small increase from 1 April next year. Read more »

Employers: Avoid a post-holiday tax headache

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

With summer just around the corner, Inland Revenue is reminding employers to get their tax right if taking on seasonal and casual workers. Read more »

Global push against tax avoidance has broad support: English

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 16 (BusinessDesk) – There is broad global support for moves to curb international tax avoidance, New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English said on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. Read more »

Local Government BIM: Rein It in Paula

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Local Government is out of control. Thats the message of the Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Local Government, Paula Bennet, says the Taxpayers Union . Read more »

IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labours Revenue spokesperson … Read more »

New Council rates remissions and bylaws passed

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council at its meeting today agreed to rates remissions for a number of properties in the Port Hills. It also passed three new bylaws and one amended bylaw, all of which come into force on 1 December 2014. Read more »

MfE briefing highlights urgent need for Climate Change Act

Press Release – Generation Zero

New greenhouse gas emissions projections revealed today in the Ministry for the Environments Briefing to the Incoming Ministers highlight the need for a Climate Change Act with legally binding carbon budgets, says youth climate change organisation Generation … Read more »

Cut Corporate Welfare to Beat the Australians

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Fairfax article that IRD have indicated that company tax may need to be reduced next year, should Australia reduce their rate, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

Kiwi Income Property Trust result up to 30 September

Press Release – Kiwi Income Property Trust

Kiwi Income Property Trust today announced its interim result for the six months ended 30 September 2014, reporting an after tax profit of $23.8 million. The reported after tax profit in the prior comparable period was higher, at $61.9 million, due … Read more »

IRD Services Unavailable Over Weekend

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

Customers are advised Inland Revenue will be changing over all of its mainframe services to a new provider. Work will start at 6am on Saturday 15 November 2014 and continue throughout the following day. During this time all of our services will be unavailable … Read more »

Joyce Incubates Whole New Method of Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the announcement from Science & Innovation Minister, Steven Joyce, that Callahan Innovation’s expanding business incubator network has granted its’ first interest free grant, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

Auckland Council website update 1.50pm

Press Release – Auckland Council

The Auckland Councils website is continuing to experience intermittent technical issues as people try to access the new 2014 property valuations published yesterday. Read more »

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