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Feedback sought on GST cross-border neutrality proposals

Hon Peter Dunne
Minister of Revenue

Tuesday 23 August 2011 Media Statement

Feedback sought on GST cross-border neutrality proposals

A discussion document released today for public consultation seeks feedback on options for addressing issues relating to goods and services tax (GST) as it applies to businesses trading with each other across borders.

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne welcomed the discussion document.

“GST is a tax on consumption and should be a neutral tax for businesses, whether they are resident or non-resident. By addressing the current limitations on non-resident businesses claiming back New Zealand GST, we can help level the playing field for local businesses as they compete internationally,” said Mr Dunne.

Mr Dunne says that he is aware of cases where New Zealand’s GST represents a real cost to non-resident businesses significantly compromising New Zealand companies’ competitiveness in global markets.

“For example, the aviation training industry provides training services to overseas airlines. As the GST is a business-to-business cost, the outcome under the proposals in the discussion document would allow the overseas entities to register and claim back the GST,” Mr Dunne said.

The discussion document looks at changes that could be made to the GST system that would move towards non-resident businesses being treated in a similar way to their New Zealand counterparts.

Submissions close on 7 October 2011.

The discussion document is available on Inland Revenue’s tax policy website


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