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The time is right for a sugar sweetened beverages tax

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:06:27 +1200 | FIZZ New Zealand

New Zealand doctors and researchers say new evidence about the effectiveness of a sugary drinks tax on reducing childhood obesity, and rising public support, mean the time is right to introduce such a tax in New Zealand.More >>

Community housing provider concerned at Government

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:27:44 +1200 | Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is concerned that an announcement to establish a new tax exemption category for potentially deregistered housing charities misses the mark. Reliant on a misreading of the relevant case law, the government’s announcement ...More >>

NZ-Canada double tax agreement now in force

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:08:04 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed a new double tax agreement between New Zealand and Canada, which is now in force. Mr McClay says the new agreement, which lowers withholding taxes on dividends, interest and royalties between the two countries ...More >>

Changes give certainty to community housing sector

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:20:43 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Tax provisions to ensure community housing providers can continue to offer housing support to New Zealanders will give the sector the certainty it needs to keep growing, Ministers Paula Bennett and Todd McClay say.More >>

Green Man Campaign Creepy, Patronising And Expensive

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:47:59 +1200 | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is backing the comments of Auckland Transport Blog editor, Matt Lowrie, that Auckland Transport’s “Green Man” campaign is both stupid and creepy , Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says:More >>

$438m motor vehicle levy cuts from today

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:38:41 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Nikki Kaye Minister for ACC 1 July 2015 $438m motor vehicle levy cuts from today More >>

More taxpayers getting more refunds this year, says IRD

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:16:48 +1200 | Inland Revenue Department

Nearly 90,000 more New Zealanders have had tax refunds so far this year compared to last year, resulting in almost $50 million more being refunded to taxpayers by Inland Revenue - thanks in large part to communications encouraging taxpayers to ...More >>

Auckland Council rate increases deserve searching review

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:23:40 +1200 | Auckland Chamber of Commerce

The big Auckland Council rate increases that kick in from today will be a constant reminder on why a line-by-line review of Auckland Council services and costs is needed. More >>

Govt Gives with One Hand, Takes with Other

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:32:54 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is accusing the Government of taking with one hand while taking credit for giving with the other regarding changes to fuel excise taxes and ACC levies introduced today. On the same day ACC levies reduced by 3c, petrol excise has increased ...More >>

ACC lying over levy blunders, says safety campaigner

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:04:17 +1200 | The Dog and Lemon Guide

The Accident Compensation Commission’s attempt to blame multiple mistakes in setting vehicle levies on a computer ‘coding error’ is a blatant mistruth, says the car review website .More >>

Refunds for owners affected by Vehicle Risk Rating errors

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:21:23 +1200 | ACC

Refunds for owners affected by Vehicle Risk Rating errors ACC and the NZ Transport Agency are taking action to ensure that motor vehicle owners who have been overcharged for the Vehicle Risk Rating (VRR) component of their vehicle licencing fee will get ...More >>

Taxes going up and down, but fuel prices should be falling

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:17:38 +1200 | AA Insurance

Petrol tax collected to fund New Zealand’s land transport system is increasing 3 cents per litre on 1 July, the third of three scheduled annual tax increases. However, at the same time ACC is reducing the tax it collects from petrol by 3 cents per litre.More >>

Helping Kiwi families get ahead

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:53:32 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

A number of important policies come into effect tomorrow that will help families get ahead and put more money back in your pocket. Watch my video on these changes here. More >>

Paving the way for a simpler tax system

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:11:58 +1200 | New Zealand Government

A tax bill to be introduced today will help prepare the ground for simplification of the tax administration system, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay. Mr McClay says changes proposed in the Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and ...More >>

Home owners can pay property tax as well

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:50:39 +1200 | NZ Property Investors Federation

An issues paper on the Bright-line test for sales of residential property, released yesterday confirms that some homeowners will have a Bright Line test applied against them. "The new Bright Line law is aimed at anyone who trades property for profit" ...More >>

Tax response to flooding announced

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:41:05 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says taxpayers affected by the flooding event in the lower North Island earlier this month will have help from Inland Revenue. More >>

Activist Academic Fudges Tax Figures

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:45:42 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling out the anti-sugar activist academic, Gerhard Sundborn, for a second time, for misleading comments on Radio New Zealand this morning that Mexico’s implementation of a ten percent tax on sodas resulted in a twelve percent ...More >>

Consultation begins on property bright-line test

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:03:09 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today welcomed the release of detailed design proposals for the new “bright-line” test, which will require income tax to be paid on gains from the sale of residential property bought and sold within two years.More >>

EDS concerned New Zealand leading world into extinction

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:56:09 +1200 | Environmental Defence Society

“Our precious biodiversity is under extreme pressure, from a whole range of threats,” said EDS’s Senior Policy Analyst, Dr Marie Brown. More >>

Auckland Ratepayers' Money Shouldn't Be Bob Harvey's Secret

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:56:12 +1200 | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling out Auckland Council for its secretive approach to ratepayer money after it shot down the Alliance’s enquiries regarding the remuneration of Sir Bob Harvey in his new role as ‘Champion for Auckland – ...More >>


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