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Survey shows improved Inland Revenue service delivery

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:00 +1300 | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Satisfaction with Inland Revenue’s overall service has increased since last year according to an annual survey of Chartered Accountants. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Skinned at the lights

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:25:06 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Auckland motorways are already a bleeding nightmare to get around. Leeching more of people's money via taxes and "user charges" is not going to add much pleasure to the driving experience.More >>

McClay: Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ tax conference

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:25:18 +1300 | New Zealand Government

I’m pleased to be here today as this is my first speech since the election and I have, to my great satisfaction, retained the Revenue portfolio and therefore the privilege as the Minister of Revenue of opening this conference. More >>

Accounting and audit industries bill passes third reading

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:08:29 +1300 | Ministry Of Consumer Affairs

The Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting and audit industries, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says.More >>

Mayor proposes to penalise business with quick rates fix

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:38:23 +1300 | Employers And Manufacturers Association

Business is disappointed the Auckland Mayor proposes that the Council should keep an unfair rates burden on business, says Kim Campbell, Chief Executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association.More >>

Auckland Council Out of Control

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:26:26 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per cent will come ...More >>

Duty-Free Tobacco Reduces This Weekend

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:26:18 +1300 | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says on Saturday 1 November, the duty-free limit for bringing tobacco into New Zealand will reduce from 200 to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products.More >>

Gisborne: New rates revaluations released

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:11:51 +1300 | Gisborne District Council

New rating valuations for all properties across Gisborne district have been completed and will start arriving in the letter boxes of property owners next week. More >>

Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:26:51 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil ...More >>

Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:24:38 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining ...More >>

IAB: Two pathways for transport in Auckland

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:06:06 +1300 | Auckland Council

A group of key transport stakeholders, collectively the Independent Advisory Body (IAB), today present its findings on how Auckland can fill its $12 billion transport funding gap over the next 30 years.More >>

Variable Motorway Use Charge to fund Auckland transport

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:22 +1300 | NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

"A variable motorway user charge of around $2.00, higher at peak and lower off peak, is the best way to fund and manage Auckland’s transport system," says Stephen Selwood Chief Executive of the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development.More >>

Govt responds to Auckland transport report

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:57:18 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Auckland Council are welcome to have a debate about future transport infrastructure investment plans, but the Government remains sceptical about the options being presented, Transport Minister Simon Bridges said today in response to the release of ‘Funding ...More >>

Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:16:11 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

NZ to join global crackdown on tax evasion

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:09:56 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today announced New Zealand’s timetable for participation in a global automatic exchange of information aimed at cracking down on tax evasion. More >>

Silence is golden at $48,000

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:53:14 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Shortsighted cost cutting by the Government has forced Inland Revenue to fork out more than $48,000 on top-of-the-line noise cancelling headphones so staff can do their jobs in battery farm working conditions, Labour’s State Sector spokesperson ...More >>

Browning Must Come Clean

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:37:57 +1300 | slightlyleftofcentre

"Green MP Steffan Browning needs to remove his proverbial snout from the taxpayer provided trough and explain his incredible spending on travel and accommodation," says Josh Forman of >>

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 >>


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