In announcing further tax relief measures for Christchurch residents and businesses, Mr Dunne talks about "common sense, flexibility and pragmatism." Child Poverty Action Group calls on him to amend his policies so the same principles work to maintain the necessary support of children.
Independent fuel retailer Gull New Zealand today slammed plans by the Auckland Council to levy a regional fuel tax which it says is one of the options to fund further investment in Public Transport but in reality is a "Highway to Hell."
A Labour MP has told a Grey Power meeting that the top personal income tax rate will remain below Australia's under a Labour government.
Party leader Phil Goff has said the top rate would increase under Labour to help pay for its proposed tax freeze on the first $5000 of income.
A survey of 1000 voters has shown 70 percent of them haven't noticed any benefit from the October tax cuts, which Prime Minister John Key is finding difficult to understand.
The TV3 poll asked voters: Have you noticed your tax cut and what are you doing with it?
Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - New Zealand and Hong Kong have concluded a double tax agreement, the Government said today.
Finance Minister Bill English and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang signed the agreement in Auckland.
Wellington, Nov 22 NZPA - Labour has seized on a poll showing most people feel they are worse off after tax changes as evidence that low-income voters have more pressing problems than voting in a by-election.
Wellington, Nov 21 NZPA - More people are unhappy with tax changes than are pleased, a new poll shows.
On October 1, the Government increased GST from 12.5 percent to 15 percent, increased benefits and reduced personal income tax rates.
Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has accepted blame for an embarrassing mix-up which led to Broadcasting and Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman delivering a two-year-old speech in Parliament last night.
Wellington, Nov 2 NPZA - A backlash against big spikes in departure tax for people travelling on long-haul flights from Britain has gone global, and the Government here hopes a review of the situation might lessen the impact.
You are no doubt aware that the personal income tax rates dropped on October 1st. The new rates are:
$0 – $14,000 is now 10.5% down 2.5%$14,001 – $48,000 is now 17.5% down 4.5%$48,001 – $70,000 is now 30% down 3%Over $70,000 is now 33% down 5%
Wellington, Oct 7 NZPA - The nation's grapegrowers and winemakers are asking the Government to switch its $145 million collection of alcohol excise from wineries to retailers.
"Excise is the major profitability issue on the domestic market," New Zealand Winegrowers said today.
By Paloma Migone of NZPA
Wellington, Oct 4 NZPA - More than 30 complaints against businesses using the GST hike as an excuse to ramp up prices have been lodged with the Commerce Commission since the 2.5 percentage point increase kicked-in on Friday.
Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - All the arguments about the pros and cons of tax cuts and GST rises have been had and now it will be up to households to decide whether they are better off or not.
Today the Government's tax package kicked in and GST went up from 12.5 percent to 15 percent.
Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - As some people count the extra dollars in their pay packets resulting from tax reforms starting today, a union has taken the opportunity to organise a rally at a retail chain against the reforms' GST component.
Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - When tax reforms are fully implemented, all income groups will broadly receive about the same proportionate increase in disposable income, says Finance Minister Bill English.
There will be immediate gains for most when the Government's tax reform package takes effect tomorrow, but the extent of those gains in the wider scheme of things remains open for debate. Chris Ormond of NZPA reports.
Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - Tax cuts which come into effect on Friday are unfair and will fail to drag New Zealand out of recession, a union economist says.
A package of income tax cuts takes effect on Friday and at the same time GST will go from 12.5 to 15 percent.