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

 


National’s car park compliance catastrophe

David Cunliffe
Revenue Spokesperson

11 March 2013

National’s car park compliance catastrophe

National’s proposed car park fringe benefit tax is a nightmare of unnecessary compliance costs, gaping avoidance loopholes, worker safety issues, and cost transfers, Labour’s Revenue spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

The Government is proposing to apply a 50 per cent fringe benefit tax to all employer-provided car parks in the Auckland and Wellington central business districts through an amendment to the Taxation (Livestock Valuation, Assets Expenditure, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

“The compliance costs of the proposal are ridiculous,” David Cunliffe said.

“A recent NZIER review found that it was ‘not clear at all from the RIS [Regulatory Impact Statement] that the proposed solutions are superior to the status quo.’

“For each car park businesses will have to identify whether the space will be used by employees, employers or customers for various periods across a day. It will be especially complex where car parks are shared or ‘hot parked’.”

“The Government’s proposal will have a particularly harsh impact on shift workers who operate outside a 10pm to 6am window, such as cleaners. It also raises safety concerns, particularly for female employees, for whom access to safe workplace parking after normal business hours is, sadly, a modern-day reality.

“The fact that the National/United Future Government would even consider a measure this difficult for business and workers to administer – and all for only $17 million per annum revenue - shows they are really scraping the bottom on the revenue barrow in a last desperate attempt to get the Government’s failing books into surplus.

“New Zealanders are rapidly tiring of this disappointing, go-nowhere administration. Instead of taxing car parks, Kiwis want to see the Government coming up with a plan for growing jobs in our economy.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news