Otago landowners help control TB through levy

Press Release – TBfree New Zealand

Consultation with Otago landowners over the levy for the regions bovine tuberculosis (TB) control programme has gathered positive responses. Read more »

KiwiSavers back lower KiwiSaver fund tax rates

Press Release – Financial Services Council

A Horizon Poll commissioned by the Financial Services Council shows KiwiSavers support removing the annual $521 members tax credit (MTC) to fund lower KiwiSaver fund tax rates. Read more »

Fair tax for KiwiSaver funds a key election issue

Press Release – Financial Services Council

In this election year the parties need to say how they will reduce the unfair over-taxation of KiwiSaver funds that prevents most New Zealand employees from achieving a comfortable retirement. Read more »

Tax conference to address simplification

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has announced that simplification and modernisation will be the focus of the tax conference to be held in conjunction with Victoria University, on 12 and 13 June. Read more »

Depreciation, buy Kiwi-made in Labour manufacturing policy

Article – BusinessDesk

April 17 (BusinessDesk) The Labour Party has unveiled its pitch to the manufacturing sector, adding accelerated depreciation for advanced manufacturing and promising to target more government procurement from local firms. Read more »

KiwiSaver tax rates need fixing, world’s ‘most punitive’

Article – BusinessDesk

April 17 (BusinessDesk) New Zealands tax system heavily penalises KiwiSaver while offering massive tax breaks to property investors and needs to change, says savings lobbyist the Financial Services Council. Read more »

Amalgamation benefits boost council savings

Press Release – Auckland Council

Improved economies of scale from the amalgamation of the eight local authorities have helped Auckland Council maintain services at reduced cost, says a council report on efficiency savings. Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Keys rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year’s election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says: Read more »

Labour Should Hit the Brakes on Motorhome Tax

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Ministry of Transport analysis of Labours new policy for taxing motorhomes, suggesting that motorhome owners would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers … Read more »

Local body tax idea ‘a bit rich’, says Key

Article – BusinessDesk

April 15 (BusinessDesk) Prime Minister John Key made it clear he is no fan of a push by the local government lobby to be allowed to raise local taxes other than through property rates, saying the proposal is a bit rich. Read more »

Capital Gains Tax not a solution

Press Release – NZ Property Investors Federation

Capital Gains Tax not a solution The association representing Kiwi landlords is disappointed the Labour Party is misleading the public about their proposed capital gains tax, which they plan to apply to all asset classes except the family home. Mr Cunliffe … Read more »

‘Lunacy’ that property speculators get tax free capital gain

Press Release – TVNZ

Labour leader David Cunliffe: lunacy that property speculators get tax free capital gain. Labour leader David Cunliffe told TVNZs Q+A programme that a Labour led government would impose a capital gains tax of 15% on realised gains from investment … Read more »

Taxpayer Paying Public Servants a Bonus for Joining a Union

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is outraged that taxpayers are being forced to fork out bonuses to Parliamentary staff on the condition that they join a trade union. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says This is union welfare and a political … Read more »

National’s tax dodge

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Govt Clamp Down On Tax Dodgers

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is welcoming the Minister of Revenues comments at the OECD Cash and Hidden Economy Conference today. The union’s Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: The high returns from clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance … Read more »

Government clamping down on tax dodgers

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Speaking at the OECD Cash and Hidden Economy Conference today, Revenue Minister Todd McClay reiterated the Governments commitment to clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance. This is an area the Government has invested heavily in and we are … Read more »

Greens Ignore Evidence in Push for New Taxes on Fast Food

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague’s calls for taxation, regulation and legislation on fatty food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Union says: “Mr Hague is misleading New Zealanders in saying that evidence supports … Read more »

Taxpayer Funding For Development, Not Subsidising Golf Pros

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to todays Fairfax report that golfer Lydia Ko is asking for more taxpayer support since turning pro than she received when she was an amateur, Jordan Williams, Executive of the Taxpayers Union, says: “Golf is one of the richest sports in … Read more »

Farmers back major Local Government NZ funding review

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is fully behind a fundamental review by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) into the way local government and local roads are funded. Read more »

First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labours Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Read more »

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