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'English doesn't know' what sales are hit by tax on traders

Bill English tries to claim taxes paid by property traders are an effective substitute for a capital gains tax on profits from the sale of investment property yet today admitted he has no idea what proportion of sales are taxed as traders, says Labour Finance spokesperson David Parker.

Changes to tax treatment of employee and accommodation

The Government is to include changes to the tax treatment of employee allowances, reimbursements and employer-provided accommodation in a tax bill to be introduced to Parliament later this month that will bring clarity for many taxpayers.

Labour will simplify small business tax - Cunliffe

A Labour government will substantially simplify tax for small businesses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. David Cunliffe made this commitment to a business audience hosted by Ernst and Young in Auckland this morning.

Tax agreement with Japan announced

Japan and New Zealand today exchanged diplomatic notes, for a new double tax agreement which will make it much easier to do business between the two countries, Revenue Minister Todd McClay announced today.

Call for evidence on tax credits

A just-published international systematic review has found a small and methodologically limited body of evidence which suggests that in-work tax credits such as the one applied in New Zealand since 2006, may have no discernible effects on the health of parents.

'Policing of GST' the biggest issue for taxing online shoppers

Potentially the biggest issue facing a proposal to make online shoppers pay GST is policing the payments, a University of Canterbury (UC) tax expert says.

'Legitimate case' to retrieve GST from online shopping

A University of Canterbury (UC) marketing expert says the Government has a legitimate case to attempt to retrieve some revenue from overseas sales of goods and services by New Zealand online consumers.

Govt should stop tax breaks to rich oil companies - Greens

The Government should stop its multimillion dollar tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and use the money saved to support the transition to clean energy, says Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

OECD says CGT would address inequality - Parker

National’s misrepresentation of the OECD’s latest economic survey of New Zealand is cynical bluster and its diversionary tactics should be ignored, says Labour Finance spokesperson David Parker.

Foreign super and mining tax rules to change

Proposals to reform the tax treatment of foreign superannuation and bring the tax treatment of gold, silver and ironsands mining into line with other economic activities are the centrepieces of a tax bill introduced in Parliament today, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has announced.

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