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Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:59:27 +1300 | 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.More >>

Auckland should raise its Uniform General Charge

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:15:09 +1300 | 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.More >>

Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:31 +1300 | 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 ...More >>

Council CEO details options to prevent forced house sale

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:02:24 +1300 | 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 council’s preferred course of action.More >>

Retraction: Auckland Council Rate Rises

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:55 +1300 | 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.More >>

General Revaluation report received by councillors

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:36:32 +1300 | 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.More >>

Courier driver who blamed fake tax agent is sentenced

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:50:27 +1300 | 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.More >>

Taxpayers' Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:37:08 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says: More >>

Online Shopping a Popular Kiwi Pastime

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21:15 +1300 | 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.More >>

Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:01:43 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan ...More >>

Increased Taxes Regulation Key to Fighting Tobacco ‘Epidemic

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:33:56 +1300 | UN News

20 October 2014 – The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” ...More >>

New Zealand research supports global shift in workforce

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:46:56 +1300 | 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.’ “We’ve been watching this trend with interest and wanted to know more,” says Cilla Hegarty, ...More >>

Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:41:27 +1300 | 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 City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says ...More >>

Restaurateur jailed for three years for tax evasion

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:38:40 +1300 | 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 ...More >>

Taxpayers' Union Joins Global Effort

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:44:53 +1300 | 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 ...More >>

10 Year Passports Looking Likely

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:49:34 +1300 | 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. More >>

IRD taps Accenture as preferred provider for IT re-design

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:46:19 +1300 | 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.More >>

Inland Revenue Selects Accenture as Preferred Provider

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:13:10 +1300 | Inland Revenue Department

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

New Report Shows Corporate Welfare Costing

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:37:54 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has launched new a report, Monopoly Money, which examines the cost and case for New Zealand’s extensive corporate welfare programmes. The report follows recent comments by TradeMe founder Sam Morgan , who questioned the ...More >>

NZ’s tax system second most competitive in the world

Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:35:55 +1300 | Grant Thornton

Findings that New Zealand’s 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.More >>


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