Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Another New Tax; Another New Compliance Cost

27 March 2002

Another New Tax; Another New Business Compliance Cost

The business sector has reacted strongly against Government proposals to impose a levy on import shipments.

Business NZ Chief Executive Simon Carlaw says the levy is apparently to pay for the processing of GST or duties on imports. The plans were announced recently in a release by Acting Customs Minister Jim Anderton to importers and are currently being considered by a select committee. *

From July, the Government intends to collect a fee of $16 + GST on every commercial import that has a duty or GST liability of more than $50, which will affect most shipments worth over $400.

Mr Carlaw says that will be a major cost imposition on small companies in particular, and asks why business should have to pay for Customs' processing of duties or GST.

"This would be like forcing individuals to pay for the IRD's processing of their GST," Mr Carlaw said.

"About $4 billion GST revenue is currently collected by customs annually, with about 1 million shipments processed by Customs annually - this gives an indication of the scale of operation. It would be a major cost on NZ businesses."

Mr Carlaw said businesses see the plan as a new tax and want it scrapped. Business NZ has been seeking changes to simplify the processing of import documentation and would prefer the Government to focus on this rather than charging business for the current inefficient processes.

*The Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Select Committee, considering the Customs and Excise Amendment Bill (No. 4)


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…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