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 »

Retraction: Auckland Council Rate Rises

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Earlier today the Taxpayers Union released a media statement regarding Auckland Council rate rises. We had been anticipating an announcement about rate increases for some time. Read more »

General Revaluation report received by councillors

Press Release – Auckland Council

The Finance and Performance committee this morning received the 2014 General Revaluation report, which shows average residential capital value increases of 34.8 per cent since 2011. Read more »

Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: These rate rises show that Len Brown’s spending is out of control. Read more »

Courier driver who blamed fake tax agent is sentenced

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

A Papamoa-based courier driver who lied and blamed a non-existent tax agent for mishandling his tax affairs has been sentenced to 12 months home detention and ordered to pay back $180,000. Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyces defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says: Read more »

Online Shopping a Popular Kiwi Pastime

Press Release – Canstar

Auckland, 21 October 2014 – More than a third of New Zealanders spend more money shopping online than they do on a shopping trip to the store according to a new, nationwide survey by Canstar Blue. Read more »

Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Governor Generals Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Governments intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan … Read more »

New Zealand research supports global shift in workforce

Press Release – WooHoo

Research undertaken on behalf of WooHoo NZ Tax Refunds supports the global trend of more people working multiple jobs and adjusting to this insecurity. Weve been watching this trend with interest and wanted to know more, says Cilla Hegarty, … Read more »

Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the Citys skyrocketing property values doesnt change the level or cost of Councils services, says … Read more »

Restaurateur jailed for three years for tax evasion

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

An Auckland restaurateur whose company evaded more than one million dollars of tax has been jailed for three years. Khalid Mehmood was sentenced at Manukau District Court this morning after pleading guilty to 144 charges of filing false PAYE, GST … Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Joins Global Effort

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers Union has joined forces with 21 other taxpayer and free market groups from around the world to support national tax autonomy and oppose international tax changes that include harmonising’ tax rates or introducing new … Read more »

10 Year Passports Looking Likely

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union understands that the Government is considering the reintroduction of ten year passports in changes to the Passports Act expected before the end of the year. Read more »

IRD taps Accenture as preferred provider for IT re-design

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand Inland Revenue Department has named consultancy group Accenture as its preferred partner for the first stage of a complete overhaul of operations. Read more »

Inland Revenue Selects Accenture as Preferred Provider

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

Inland Revenue has selected Accenture as its preferred provider of design services for the first stage of its business transformation programme. Read more »

New Report Shows Corporate Welfare Costing

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union has launched new a report, Monopoly Money, which examines the cost and case for New Zealands extensive corporate welfare programmes. The report follows recent comments by TradeMe founder Sam Morgan , who questioned the … Read more »

NZ’s tax system second most competitive in the world

Press Release – Grant Thornton

Findings that New Zealands tax system is the second most competitive of all 34 OECD countries reflect changes that should be promoted more internationally, says Greg Thompson, Partner and National Director, Tax at Grant Thornton New Zealand. Read more »

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