Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


National slams timing of tax grab

David Carter National Tourism Spokesperson

11 October 2001

National slams timing of tax grab

Government legislation to grab back millions of dollars in tax from inbound tourism operators at a time the industry is suffering a serious setback is despicable, says National's Tourism spokesperson, David Carter.

"As the New Zealand tourism industry braces itself for a noticeable drop in international visitor numbers for the last quarter of this year, the Government is forging ahead with its proposed retrospective GST grab from inbound operators.

"In the current international climate, inbound tourism operators should not be under threat. They need to be actively marketing New Zealand as a safe holiday destination. To do this, they need to spend money.

"Instead, the Government's tax grab means that money earmarked for marketing will be soaked up by accountants' bills and further tax bills because Inland Revenue is threatening to reassess GST returns filed as far back as 1986. Even operators who think they're safe will be hunted down as Inland Revenue wages a major campaign of tax audits on the tourism industry.

"The Government is once again demonstrating how out of touch it is with business. At this time of international economic uncertainty, it should be boosting the confidence of business, not breaking it down," David Carter said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election