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


Improvements to tax treatment for volunteers

Media Release

17 May 2007

Planned improvements to tax treatment of volunteers’ reimbursements welcomed

The announcement that the Government is to undertake work to clarify and streamline the tax treatment of volunteers’ reimbursement payments and honoraria is welcomed by Volunteering New Zealand.

Many of the more than million plus volunteers in New Zealand also meet a range of expenses from their own funds. Some may receive reimbursement payments or honoraria from their host organisations as recompense for this.

“However this is an area of confusion and uncertainty in terms of taxation,” said Tim Burns, Executive Director of Volunteering New Zealand.

“By the letter of the law, even reimbursements of documented expenses should be declared in an annual tax return to Inland Revenue, even if not then taxed.

“Other payments such as honoraria and petrol payments without supporting documentation may be taxable.”

These are the areas which the Government has stated it will be working on. That is positive news, as is the National Party statement that volunteer’s reimbursement expenses should not be taxed.

“Reimbursement payments to volunteers should be treated in the same manner as those received by paid workers and this should include payments such as reasonable honoraria”, Mr Burns said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels