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Tax status of carparks to remain unchanged

The Government will not continue with a proposal which would have changed the way some employer-paid carparks in central Auckland and Wellington are treated for tax purposes, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne say.

Clueless tax tinkering from a clueless Govt - NZ First

The Government is planning to once again attack struggling New Zealand businesses by imposing Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) on company car parks in Auckland and Wellington, says New Zealand First.

'Still time' to make Penny and Hooper-like disclosures

Taxpayers who may have reduced their income tax obligations through an income diversion arrangement have until the end of this month to take advantage of Inland Revenue’s concession to make a voluntary disclosure.

Inland Revenue releases adverse events research

The Christchurch rebuild depends on a well-working tax system, so Inland Revenue has undertaken research to examine the impact of the earthquakes on small and medium businesses.

February tax payment reminder

Inland Revenue is reminding customers that end-of-year tax payments are due 7 February 2013 unless they have an extension of time through a tax agent. Payment may be required for Income Tax, Working for Families Tax Credits or Student Loans for the 2012 tax year.

High interest, business tax penalising investment

While we do not agree companies operating in New Zealand should aggressively seek to pay the minimum tax possible in New Zealand, this is no time to be signaling we are about to tighten our company tax rules, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says.

New university and polytechnic council members appointed

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced three new appointments to the councils of Massey University, the University of Waikato and the Nelson and Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Summer fun in Wellington

The must-have guide to what’s on during Wellington City’s sizzling summer events season hits the streets today.

Tax treatment of accommodation allowances clarified

Inland Revenue has issued a Commissioner’s Statement advising employers that they are required to account for PAYE on payments made towards staff accommodation costs.

IRD extends timeframe for income diversion disclosures

Inland Revenue has extended its approach regarding taxpayers with income diversion arrangements similar to Penny and Hooper to 31 March 2013.

Deloitte tax partner wins prestigious awards

Deloitte New Zealand’s Teresa Farac recognised as leading advisor in tax law at the Legal Media Group Australasia Women in Business Law Awards.

Tax refund agents urged to comply with Act

Tax refund agents urged to comply with Act
The Commerce Commission has put personal tax summary intermediaries (PTSIs) on notice that they may be failing to meet their obligations under the Fair Trading Act.

Simplifying the taxation of small business

The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) has today released the second instalment of its thought leadership paper on ways to simplify taxation for New Zealand's thousands of small businesses.

Dunne launches new IRD app

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today launched Inland Revenue's new mobile web application that will allow people to manage more of their tax and social policy entitlements on the move.

NZ Tax Refunds debuts with top 30 ranking

Christchurch, New Zealand -2 December, 2011 - New Zealand's leading online tax refunds company NZ Tax Refunds has ranked 30th on this year's Asia Pacific Deloitte Technology Fast 500 with 1401% growth.

Speech: Peter Dunne to NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants

Hon Peter Dunne Minister of Revenue Speech Keynote Address to NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), 2011 Tax Conference Auckland, 9.30am Friday 11 November

NZ-Hong Kong tax agreement in force

A double tax agreement between New Zealand and Hong Kong is now in force, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today. Mr Dunne has welcomed the new agreement, which was signed in December last year.

Is gifting really free?

Following the abolition of Gift Duty, Age Concern New Zealand reminds older people to think carefully before disposing of their assets. Age Concern's honorary solicitor Jock Nicolson is concerned older people may be encouraged to give away too many assets prematurely.

Tax admin, compliance suggestions sought

Tax admin, compliance suggestions sought
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today called for public submissions on certain remedial matters focused on simplifying aspects of tax administration and compliance. Key areas include:

Court clarified avoidance law - expert

Court clarified avoidance law - expert
Leading expert and former IRD advisor professor Chris Ohms from AUT University Law School says that the decision by the Supreme Court yesterday regarding the Penny and Hooper case does not create uncertainty, contrary to the views expressed today in the media.

Government's GST moves welcomed

Government's GST moves welcomed
The release today of a discussion document from the IRD on GST and transactions with non-resident businesses has been welcomed by Deloitte tax partner Allan Bullot.

Tax Justice: Why NZers are backing no GST on food campaign

Tax Justice: Why NZers are backing no GST on food campaign
A petition signed by 40 000 New Zealanders asking for GST to be removed from food will be presented at Parliament at noon tomorrow Tuesday 16 August 2011.

Tax expert warns of tax issues on Rugby World Cup rentals

People renting out their house for the Rugby World Cup are under scrutiny from Inland Revenue to ensure they meet their tax obligations.

Millionaires biggest beneficiaries from lack of capital gains tax

Millionaires biggest beneficiaries from lack of capital gains tax
Millionaires are the biggest beneficiaries from of the lack of tax on capital gains while the vast majority of New Zealanders would be completely untouched by such a tax, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

John Key - Speech to National Party Northern Region Conference

John Key - Speech to National Party Northern Region Conference
Speech to National Party Northern Region Conference Welcome to the 2011 National Party Northern Region Conference. I'd like to thank you for being here today. You are loyal National Party members and you make this Party strong.

An Open Letter To Bill English Responding To His Challenge Re "Transformational" Economic Growth

An Open Letter To Bill English Responding To His Challenge Re "Transformational" Economic Growth
Dear Bill, At Friday morning's ANZ Budget Breakfast, you challenged the 350 or so attendees to let you know if they had any big ideas which would have a transformational potential for the New Zealand economy, "because we haven't".

New knowledge could combat fly strike in sheep

Research at Victoria University could contribute to new treatments for the costly and sometimes fatal condition of fly strike in sheep.

Fonterra Shareholders' Council Says Tax Attack A Cheap Shot

Fonterra Shareholders' Council Says Tax Attack A Cheap Shot
Fonterra Shareholders' Council Chairman Simon Couper said it was very disappointing to see dairy farmers made the target of a cheap shot that ignores the facts. In an article today The Dominion Post questioned whether farmers were paying their fair share of tax.

DairyNZ sets record straight on dairy tax figures

DairyNZ sets record straight on dairy tax figures
DairyNZ says the average tax paid by dairy farmers over the last decade is $28,225, a far cry from the average reported today.

Tax claims misleading

Operating costs and business debt shouldered not only by farms but all businesses are reflected in their level of taxes paid, says BusinessNZ.

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