GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL SERVICES TAX BILL. The government has introduced the Digital Services Tax Bill into parliament which is expected to generate $222m in funds over 4-years. The Bill would allow the government to implement, at an appropriate time, a digital services tax.
NATIONAL REVEAL THEIR TAX POLICY AHEAD OF THE 2023 ELECTION. National have revealed their tax plan should they be elected. The plan is expected to cost $14.6 billion over four years and have proposed to fund this through four tax changes and other reductions in public spending.
THE GOVERNMENT UNVEILS TRANSPORT PLAN ALONG WITH FUEL TAX INCREASE. Transport Minister David Parker, has released a draft Government Policy Statement concerning land transport consultation.
WHEN A GIFT ISN'T FREE. IRD have issued draft interpretation statement PUB00433 regarding circumstances in which gifts are assessable income, with a deadline for comment of 18 September 2023.
Yesterday we were told this would be a no-frills budget. Just a bit of business as usual. Today, the Government announced that the trust tax rate would be increasing from 33% to 39% from 1 April 2024 under the Labour Government
IRD clarification on bright-line test application to family transactions. IRD have issued IS 23/02 regarding the application of the 5 year bright-line test to certain family and close relationship transactions involving residential land. The 5-year test in s CZ 39 applies to transactions entered between 29 March 2018 to 26 March 2021.
SECOND TIME LUCKY. At the end of last week, we saw the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2022–23, Platform Economy, and Remedial Matters) Bill (No 2) introduced into Parliament. What's probably most significant about this bill is the “No 2” at the end.
QUICK U-TURN ON KIWISAVER GST PROPOSAL. In perhaps one of the quickest U-turns ever, the Government has announced that it will not be proceeding with a controversial proposal to standardise the application of GST to fees and services of managed fund providers.
How much does the $350 Cost of Living payment cost the Government? This year's budget was light on any significant tax changes, however a new Cost of Living Payment has been introduced and this has now been passed into law.
MAJOR TAX BILL REPORTED BACK. The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee of Parliament has recommended a number of changes in its report back of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2021-22, GST, and Remedial Matters) Bill.
THE DOG ATE MY ASC. A little sidebar first: just prior to going to print (metaphorically speaking) the 2021 Tax Bill has been reported back to Parliament.
GLOBAL MINIMUM TAX - DETAILS ANNOUNCED. The OECD recently published detailed rules to assist with the implementation of a landmark reform to the international tax system which will ensure Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) will be subject to a minimum 15% tax rate from 2023.
GST – INPUT TAX DEDUCTIONS – DEFERRED PAYMENT TERMS. The IRD has released a draft QB (PUB00330) for comment regarding when a person registered for GST on a payments basis can claim an input tax deduction for goods purchased on deferred payment terms.
GST ON FINANCE LEASES - This week the IRD have released their draft interpretation statement (IS) – ‘GST and finance leases’.
TRUST ME, THE IRD WANTS INFORMATION - Finding the right topic for the tax blog each week can be a tricky exercise. For example, this week the IRD released draft determination ED0234 on the amortisation rates for landfill cell construction expenditure. Much as I know you, my most discerning reader, would love to hear my insights on landfill cell construction, it’s not what I’m going to talk to you about today.
THE RETURN OF THE INTEREST - At this point I’m beginning to wonder if the legislation is being drafted by the ghost of J.R.R. Tolkien.
With only four days until the new interest deductibility regime for rental properties is supposed to be active and still no draft legislation has emerged from the government
In the midst of New Zealand’s second nationwide COVID lockdown, Inland Revenue issued updated guidance for businesses in Determination EE003, “Payments provided to employees that work from home; employee use of telecommunications tools and usage plans in their employment”
Well, it’s Lockdown Level 4 … again. I’m coping with it pretty well I think, even if efforts to convince the cat to go for a walk have so far proven unsuccessful
With the recent move in alert levels on 17 August 2021, many support measures for businesses have become available
It's not uncommon for the government to give with one hand but to take away with the other, and this week Inland Revenue Department released its interpretation on how the clean car discount scheme would interact with the tax legislation
On 10 June 2021, the Government released a public consultation document seeking feedback on recent and proposed changes to the taxation of residential property in New Zealand, with a deadline for comment of 12 July 2021
Like Elmer Fudd during rabbit season, the Government is hunting down businesses hiding their income through “cashies” – under-the-table cash transactions. This is nothing new of course, but the way it’s happening is set to change
The DIA have released a new regulation that came into force on 9 July 2021. This new regulation requires entities to conduct customer due diligence around the existence and identity of nominee directors and nominee shareholders in companies, and nominee general partners in limited partnerships/limited overseas partnerships.
New purchase price allocations rules apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2021. These rules require the vendor and purchase to agree in writing the allocation to be used between various categories of property included in a sale and purchase.
The global crypto market cap is currently in excess of USD 1.3 trillion. A year ago, this figure was a mere USD 0.26 trillion
The Government has finally released a discussion document on the proposed changes to the bright-line rules and interest deductibility for residential property which it announced in March, and it is, to use the parlance of modern youth, a lot. 143 pages, to be exact
Agriculture Minister, Hon Damien O’Connor classified the recent flooding in the Canterbury region as a medium-scale adverse event
Following the government's announcement on the 23rd of March 2021 that interest from 1 October 2021 will not be deductible for landlords investing in residential property we are disappointed to report that no further details have been made publicly available
As part of the tax changes implemented in March a new business continuity test was introduced in relation to tax losses carried forward
Tax measures simply haven’t rated much of a mention in Budget 2021
The IRD have published a special report on their latest tax bill which introduced, amongst other things, the new 10-year period for the bright-line test
With the flurry of tax changes recently, there has been plenty to talk about. However, one change that hasn’t had much attention is the introduction of a “business continuity test” for carrying forward tax losses
Yesterday, IRD released several draft interpretation statements for comment
Well they say a week is a long time in politics, but this week has been a long week in Tax
Today the government announced new proposed policies that will affect residential properties as a measure to try and combat the housing crisis in New Zealand
Welcome to 2021. Here’s hoping that this year will see a return to the normal state of things, or at least more normal than it has been!
The IRD’s latest draft Interpretation Statement (PUB00327) looks at “GST and Agency”. For GST purposes, where an agent makes a supply on behalf of a principal, the agent’s role in the process is ignored – the supply is treated as being made by the principal, who is then responsible for returning the GST. However, whether someone is an agent, or a principal is not always clear.
Today Grant Robertson announced Labour’s tax policy. That involves re-introducing a top personal tax rate of 39% for individuals earning over $180,000 from 1 April 2021.
Last week, just prior to parliament being dissolved, the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act (No 2) became law.
The IRD has released an Exposure Draft for comment on their approach to non-resident employers and their obligations to deduct employment-related taxes. It is important to note that the exposure draft is considering withholding obligations on the employer. It does not comment on whether the amounts may still be taxable to the employee even where no PAYE is required to be withheld.
The impact of COVID-19 has affected numerous people’s ability to make applications and elections on time. Following from our last tax blog about the extension for writing off bad debts, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue issued several Determinations providing variations to the time frames required for elections with the due dates during the lockdown period.
One of the Government’s response to COVID 19 was to provide the Commissioner of IRD with a limited power (limited to a 18 Month period) to make statutory variations. This allows IRD to modify time-frames or procedures impacted by COVID-19.
For a number of New Zealand families, the various family support tax credits provide a much need cash boost each year. One of these credits is the in-work tax credit which can provide $4,550 for an eligible family with one to three children where the person is eligible for all 52 weeks of the year
In addition to the tax loss carried back scheme, the Government has introduced a range of tax changes. Two of the changes recently announced are the extension of time for deposits to Income Equalization and the change in use of money interest.
There has been some misinformation circulating in the last few days regarding payments for expenses relating to working from home. This seems to be relating to certain articles in the media. While the articles have had amendments published, unfortunately the initial incorrect message is still spreading and creating some confusion
The most significant immediate item for SME is the extension of the wage subsidy scheme for a further 8 weeks for certain businesses. This extension will continue from the current scheme and is to be applicable to businesses that can show a 50% reduction in turnover for the 30 days prior to application.
Renting out properties has been a popular form of investment amongst New Zealanders over the past few years, both domestically and internationally.
Following up on our previous tax blog, the government has recently announced that the provisional tax threshold for having to pay provisional tax has been increased from $2,500 to $5,000 from the 2020/21 tax year to help in relieving business cash flow concerns.
Welcome to our first tax blog from lock down. I write this while sitting in my new home office for the day, where I will be hanging out for the next four weeks at least and I hope you have all managed to settle into your places of isolation.
Tax developments at this time of year can be a bit slow so once you have got the pain of paying tax on 15 January out of the way it is time to reflect on what occurred prior to Christmas when most people were too busy to take it all in.
This week IRD published an issues paper on purchase price allocation. As mundane as this sounds, if implemented, it is likely to have huge implications for anyone buying or selling a business.
With the growing New Zealand economy, there has been a corresponding growth in the number of multinational companies trading in New Zealand.
are holding costs (e.g. interest and rates) tax deductible - IRD say no!
Earlier this month, Inland Revenue released a second consulting document concerning the tax treatment of holding costs such as interest, rates and repairs and maintenance in relation to privately used land that is taxable on sale.
Following up on the recent case brought by Inland Revenue, five members of one family who own over 20 Thai takeaway restaurants have been sentenced to a combination of prison and home detention.
Last Friday, youth from all over New Zealand went on strike for climate change. In the UN, the climate and environment activist, Greta Thunberg, stood and asked for change. What do you ask, do either of these events have to do with tax?
Inland Revenue and Accident Compensation Corporation have announced that they will be taking away the option of paying by cheque, effective from 1 March 2020
A consultation document was released this week concerning the loophole relating to the current exclusions to the sales of land used as main home or business premises.
Inland Revenue has recently released a public ruling statement, PUB 19/04 which considers the income tax treatment of specific types of employer-issued crypto assets provided to employees.
Following on from the released of Home-to-Work Travel Statement, an Operational Statement was recently released last week in two parts concerning the use of kilometre rate for expenses incurred in relation to business use of a motor vehicle - business deductions (OS 19/04a) and for employee reimbursement of a motor vehicle (OS 19/04b). The new statement updates and replaces the old operational statement (OS 18/01).
The new rules which will enforce overseas retailers to charge GST on low value goods to NZ- based consumers is coming into force on 1 December 2019.
The IRD has released an Operational Statement discussing whether employer-provided travel from an employee’s home to a distant workplace is taxable or not.
Often provisions in the Inland Revenue Acts can be ambiguous, unclear and inconsistent with other provisions
A new section has recently been introduced to the Income Tax Act 2007 to allow a simplified calculation of deductions for private residence that are used for business purposes
If you have brought or sold land recently then as part of this transaction you would have been required to provide your IRD number.
IRD released Determination DET 19/02 on the 21 May 2019 on the standard-cost for short-stay accommodation providers
There has been an on-going concern over the under-taxation of the digital economy and digital multinationals who pay lower worldwide income tax compares to other industries.
Budget 2019 kicked of this year with more focus on secrecy leaks rather than the content itself. Let’s just say I wouldn’t like to be an official in Treasury right now!
The Government is introducing further changes to GST in relation to remote services.
Following on from the rejected Tax Working Group recommendations in relation to capital gains tax, the Welfare Expert Advisory Group has now put forward some recommendations
IRD are currently consulting on the questions “When does the business premises exclusion under s CB 19 apply to land being taxed under ss CB 6 to CB 11?” and “When does the business premises exclusion to the bright-line test apply?”
Yesterday the Government released its response to the Tax Working Groups recommendations and the big talking point in the media at large was the Government decision to not pursue an extension to the taxation of capital gains.
At the moment I am sure many of our readers will be finalising those "end of year" tax returns, but with that almost over, this is just a wee reminder of the big changes coming in April.
The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2018-19, Modernising Tax Administration and Remedial Matters) Act 2019, came into effect earlier in the week (18 March)
Last week 30 new jurisdictions were added to the list which Inland Revenue may share information with under CRS legislation. CRS is part of a global initiative to assist jurisdictions in fighting cross border tax avoidance.
The Tax Working Group's final report was released yesterday with recommendations across a wide range of New Zealand’s tax system
IRD has put out seven draft items to consult on that sets out the tax outcomes associated when you provide short stay accommodation
Last week IRD released a draft Standard Practice Statement ED0208 setting out when they consider tax payments made by taxpayers as having been made in time.
The Bill including the Governments R & D incentive package was introduced yesterday. This is the Bill relating to our Blog a couple of weeks ago on the proposed Research and Development Boost.
A High Court decision released this week reminded us all of the importance of the rules relating to deductions for bad debts. In the case of Hong v CIR, Mr Hong, a solicitor had made loans to two of his clients that were facing financial difficulties. In his 2011 tax return he claimed deductions for the outstanding balances, asserting that the debts were “bad”.
This week the government released details on the R&D incentive package promised in the election and announced in this year’s budget.
With the festive season coming up, those who are thinking of making donations should be mindful of IRD’s Statement released earlier in the week, “Income tax – donee organisations – meaning of wholly or mainly applying funds to specified purposes in New Zealand”.
The initial report of the Tax Working Group (TWG), was released yesterday. It suggests that no separate Capital Gains Tax should be introduced, but rather that the idea of “income” could be extended to include various forms of capital gain.
This week IRD have released a Standard Practice Statement, SPS 18/04 “Options for relief from tax debt”. While not really new, it is the amalgamation of three older statements which covered making instalment arrangements, remission of penalties and interest and the Commissioners practice for writing off debt.
Earlier in the year, the Commissioner released the Standard Practice Statement SPS 18/02 “Requests to Change a Balance Date”. The statement outlines the situations where the Commissioner will grant approval for a taxpayer to change their balance date.
The Government has introduced a Supplementary Order Paper to the Taxation (Annual Rates, Modernising Tax Administration, and Remedial Matters) Bill to extend some of the tax relief provisions introduced to assist in tax matters concerning the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
When a GST-registered trust makes a distribution of goods or services to a beneficiary, this will be making a supply for GST purposes. As the beneficiary will be an associated person to the trust, the value of the supply is deemed to be a market value, meaning the trust must account for GST on that basis.
Trusts with all of their benefits and pitfalls are governed by Trust law and its founding documentation, the Trust Deed. How taxation consequences flow from the operation of trusts can be a troublesome area, and specific Trust rules apply for tax.
From 1 July 2018, a new component of the Working for Families Tax Credits exists. The "Best Start" tax credit is a payment to help families with the costs of a child in the child's first three years and replaces the existing parental tax credit.
An Omnibus Tax Bill was released on 28 June 2018 as part of the tax modernisation and simplification programme. For the most part this Bill includes further changes to remove outdated terms, processes and requirements.
Since the start of the 2017/18 tax year (1 April 2017 for most) we have been waiting for the IRD to release new kilometre rates to be used for calculating Motor Vehicle reimbursements/deductions. On 5 July 2018, IRD released the new rates.
IRD released a draft interpretation statement (PUB00301) last week to provide guidance on when the attribution rule under ss GB 27 to GB 29 applies.
In late May 2018, IRD released a Questions We've Been Asked document QB 18/09: "Income tax - can sharemilkers and contract milkers deduct farmhouse expenditure using the approach in IS 17/02?" clarifying whether or not sharemilkers and contract milkers can claim farmhouse expenditure using the same approach as some other farming businesses.
The IRD is currently consulting on the update to its public ruling considering the writing off of debts as bad for Income Tax and GST purposes.
Over the last couple of weeks we have heard of a number of instances of Inland Revenue Department contacting clients directly about tax issues, and offering to visit taxpayers.
Not too many surprises in Labour’s first budget. Key focus is clearly on ‘under-funded’ services, with a social rather than economic focus.
The big tax news over the last week was the release of the Governments proposal for GST on low value imported items.
In keeping with its pre-election promises, the government recently released a discussion paper on a possible Research and Development Tax Incentive for NZ.
Last week the IRD released some “Questions we’ve been asked” for public consultation.
One of Labour’s tax policies that it tabled before the election was to close tax loopholes relating to property investment. This was perceived to be the ability to offset losses from properties against other income.
From time to time IRD issue what they call Revenue Alerts and these are intended to provide information about significant or emerging issues which are of concern to IRD.
On Saturday the Minister of Revenue addressed the International Fiscal Association Conference in Queenstown. The address focused on current priorities and focuses of the Government particularly in the tax area.
On 27 February 2018, the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill had its second reading.
A supplementary order paper has been introduced to the latest Taxation Bill which will increase the 2 year Bright-line rule to 5 years.
While some of us have been basking in this unusually warm and pleasant weather, it has been more troublesome for our farming communities.
The rise and rise in the apparent value of crypto-currencies has seen interest in the various different individual currencies increase dramatically over the last year.
This week the new government has kept up progress with the new Tax Working Group being announced and IRD delivering the Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM).
Yesterday the Government announced a ‘mini-budget’ focusing on some of their family related promises in their 100-day plan.
The appointment of Sir Michael Cullen to chair the Labour government's tax working group provides the first clear signal of the make-up of the working group and therefore their likely approach to the New Zealand tax system.
A few days ago the IRD issued QWBA PUB00318: Binding Rulings — Effect of the Commissioner changing her mind in relation to the application of s BG 1.
On Monday the IRD released a series of 10 determinations setting out the adjustments required for paying provisional tax under the Accounting Information Method.
Today is the fourth instalment in our blogs regarding the tax changes proposed by the Labour Government. Today we are looking at income and corporate taxes.
Today we continue our series on the tax proposals put forward by the new government. A key part of the Labour Party’s election policy was to establish a Tax Working Group, to look at NZ tax policy.
R&D Tax Credits appear to be making a comeback, with the Labour-NZ First coalition agreement confirming they will boost R&D spending to 2% of GDP over 10 years, something NZ is currently lagging behind in.
As a continuation of our blogs on what we do know of the tax changes proposed by the Labour Government we look today at some of the specific levies and taxes proposed.
While it is early days, we do know some of the tax changes a Labour Government intend to introduce around property.
With the swearing in of our new government now completed, our attention now turns to the likely changes we will see resulting from that.
It is common practice for many Donee organisations to apply some of their funds to offshore charitable purposes.
While the most common GST filing frequency is 2-monthly, there are some instances where adopting a 6-monthly filing frequency will be more appropriate.
The taxation of land is often a tricky area and while it may not apply to every taxpayer every day, due to the numbers involved it is often an important one.
While we are waiting to get a firm outcome on who will be running the country, we will have to revert back on what happened in previous weeks instead in the world of tax!
Earlier in the week IRD released a standard relating to the use of a valid signature for documents that are provided to IRD. Given the change in business practices and the emergence of ecommerce and increased number of online transactions this will be a timely reminder for all.
Last Wednesday, the Commissioner released a draft “Questions We’ve Been Asked” (QWBA) relating to contributing assets to a partnership.
This week the government released an official’s issues paper presenting options on how to manage errors in relation to PAYE filing. With new proposals set to make PAYE filing a much more regular activity for employers using digital services, it seems the government are looking to streamline things further.
The Government recently announced their proposals to combat base erosion and profit shifting. It is estimated that these measures will result in $200m additional tax income for the government.
On Monday, the government rolled out another discussion document forming part of the project on making tax simpler. This latest discussion document focuses on improving social policy payments.
A recently released interpretation statement (IS 17/05) looked at the treatment of NZ patent costs. Previously we had relied on a statement issued in 2006, however, a number of recent legislative changes meant some revision was needed.
IRD has released a draft Standard Practice Statement – SPS 05/12 for consultation setting out certain practices that will be acceptable to the Commissioner for offsetting losses between group companies.
The tax treatment of insurance policies seems to be a frequently asked question as there are so many types of insurances and the treatment depends on many factors.
As part of the transformations relating to increased transparency and information sharing from Government departments legislation was enacted to enable the IRD to share information about certain IRD debt with approved credit reporting agencies.
Given that last week’s blog was on the budget changes, this week we thought we would cover a topic that is somewhat less exciting but relevant, being mileage rates.
Budget 2017 announced today by the Minister of Finance delivered four key changes in the tax area which were mainly focused on tax cuts for working families and called the Family Incomes Package.
The Tax Administration Act requires an offshore person to provide a current bank account number before issuing a NZ IRD number. This rule is aimed at meeting expectations around preventing NZ being used as a money laundering destination.
Are you someone who uses YouTube and gets paid for it? Then this may apply to you.
The long awaited Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016–17, Closely Held Companies, and Remedial Matters) Bill passed its third reading in Parliament this week.
At this time of year a lot of you will be busy with end of year filing of tax returns. IRD are also busy getting ready for their peak tax season – and we are all hoping that their many system changes this year will cause no issues for all!
As you may be aware of, the current anti-money laundering laws of New Zealand are getting an upgrade.
During the early part of the 20th century Al Capone was an American gangster operating out of Chicago. Accused of many crimes Capone was eventually brought to justice and sentenced to 11 years in prison in 1932.
The government released three consulting papers today which proposes to strengthen New Zealand’s rules for taxing large multinationals.
Taxpayers entering commercial transactions involving large property purchased often (incorrectly) assume that these allow them to register for and claim GST. A recent case highlighted the need to ensure you have a “taxable activity” before you go ahead and claim GST.
The IRD, who is the holder of a considerable amount of data, was and continues to be the go to organisation for information.
As many tax agents would be aware some of the IRD systems were down over the weekend. The reasoning for this was to switch on the new IRD GST improvements as part of their business transformation process.
All has been relatively quiet on the tax front so far in 2017 with little coming out over the Christmas break as expected.
With the end of the Summer break our thoughts turn now to the run into March year end. We expect that last year’s two major tax bills will be enacted any day now. There are a couple of things that you may want to keep in mind prior to 31 March.
It is an old saying that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. As another year comes to a close I thought it might be useful to reflect on what has occurred in the tax area in the last 12 months, and why perhaps tax is anything but certain!
12 days of Christmas – My true love gave me…. A simple festive expression of admiration you may think, but containing some serious tax implications… Let’s consider some of them.
Changes which came into force on 1 April 2015, changed the way employers were to treat accommodation provided to their employees.
The Closely Held Companies bill was reported back last Friday from the Finance and Expenditure Committee.
Welcome to the November 2016 issue of Better Business.
In response to the Earthquakes last week in Kaikoura the Government and the IRD have released a number of relief measures.
The Minister of Revenue Michael Woodhouse spoke at the CAANZ tax conference on Thursday where he covered updates to the Government’s tax policy work programme through to August / September 2017.
IRD have recently reissued their draft position on deductibility of the cost of obtaining a “detailed seismic assessment” (DSA) on buildings. In recent times we have seen a large increase in focus on ensuring building assets are able to withstand earthquakes.
Inland Revenue has released a new interpretation statement – IS 16/05: Income tax – foreign tax credits – how to claim a foreign tax credit where the foreign tax paid is covered by a Double Tax Agreement.
IRD has released Interpretation Statement IS 16/04 this week which considers how lump sum payments which are both capital and revenue in nature should be treated.
The IRD have recently put out a standard in relation to electronic signatures, how and when they can be used when providing information.
For most if something has been working well for the last 50 years there wouldn't be a great incentive to change the rules.
On Thursday the Commissioner confirmed her position on certain types of entertainment expenditure.
Some time ago we discussed concerns IRD had with the employee share schemes and an issues paper proposing changes.
A recent case was a timely reminder about a Director’s duties and obligations to those “outside” the company.
Earlier this month IRD released the draft interpretation statement “Income Tax – Timing – When is income from professional services derived?” which replaces three older statements.
On Monday the government introduced the Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information, and Remedial Matters) Bill.
As we have previously discussed there are changes being introduced by the Government in relation to GST for online purchases.
The Supreme Court has ruled on the long running dispute between IRD and Trustpower Ltd on the deductibility of feasibility expenditure it incurred.
Last week the IRD released an issues paper for consultation on the treatment of software development expenditure (IRRUIP10) for those taxpayers developing software for the purposes of commercial exploitation as part of a business or other income-earning activity carried out by them. It also applies to software that has “an independent form” as opposed to those that form part of an asset.
This week the Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse announced that the Government will be making some changes to the foreign trust disclosure rules.
Yesterday the government released a discussion document on gathering investment information. The discussion document is on further proposals as part of the broader tax simplification programme.
The IRD recently released a draft Interpretation Statement for consultation entitled “Goods and Services Tax – Single Supply or Multiple Supplies”.
Welcome to the June 2016 issue of Better Business.
Fresh from the large cash injection of Budget 2016, the IRD transformation programme is moving forward, with the Tax Transformation Bill passing its third reading (31 May).
While the budget dominated most of the news over the last week the rest of the world kept turning. Over the past week the Inland Revenue Department released Interpretation Statement 16/01 (IS 16/01) setting out the Commissioner’s position in relation to software acquired for business.
From a tax perspective, the 2016 Budget speech was a bit of a non-event. Coming hot on the heels of the welcome SME changes announced a few weeks ago, it felt like a bit of an anti-climax. The opposition parties have unanimously labelled the 2016 Budget as “boring”, but John Key prefers “solid and dependable”.
You may remember that in February last year, the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015-16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill was introduced including changes to research and development (R&D) tax losses. This was finally enacted in February this year and Tax Policy has released a special report on this last month.
Last week we discussed with you changes proposed in relation to Closely Held Companies. This week we discuss another area of change, relating to GST.
This week the new Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016-17, Closely Held Companies, and Remedial Matters) Bill (130-1) was introduced.
This week we thought we would continue our comments relating to the tax simplification proposals announced by the Prime Minister last Wednesday.
It’s been an exciting week in the world of tax (and you don’t get to say that very often).
There has been a lot of media coverage on this matter of late. Foreign Trusts have been labelled everything from an instrument of tax avoidance to a tool used for money laundering. Therefore we think it’s important to consider how a Foreign Trust actually operates for New Zealand “tax” purposes.
This year we should see some clear direction from IRD on how it sees its business transformation project impacting on taxpayers to make their life easier and improve the use of technology in the tax system.
This week it has been reported that thousands of people have been getting short changed on their holiday pay, including the Police, who reportedly had to back-pay more than $30 million earlier this year to current and former employees.
The Finance and Expenditure Committee reported back on two Bills on Monday. The Bills were the Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill and the Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill.
The associated person rules are reasonably complex and their far reaching grasp usually results in association being established in one way or another between family entities.
IRD have recently released a draft QWBA - PUB00260: Income tax — land acquired for a purpose or with an intention of disposal.
Love them or hate them, IR10s are an important part of our annual return filing process, and IRD are especially precious about them. Last week IRD issued a draft operational statement outlining why it is the Commissioner’s preference for the majority of taxpayers to file an IR10, and how this interacts with section 108 Tax Administration Act 1994 (TAA).
After a bit of controversy with student loan arrests a few weeks ago and a new Minister of Revenue last week it has been a pretty quiet week in the tax world leading up the end of the tax year.
This year we should see some clear direction from IRD on how it sees its business transformation project impacting on taxpayers to make their life easier and improve the use of technology in the tax system.
Given that we are already into February in the New Year, it will be a busy time coming up for tax agents and others with a March balance date.
Welcome to the 2016 February issue of Better Business.
The big tax news in the past week has to be the first arrest at the border of an overseas based student loan borrower for failing to make repayments. The arrest has been made under legislation introduced in 2014 which allows an arrest warrant to be issued for overseas-based borrowers who persistently avoid making their student loan repayments and which will stop them leaving the country.
Welcome to 2016 and the first Polson Higgs Tax blog of the New Year.
IRD currently have a draft QWBA for comment which aims to clarify when payments by individual taxpayers will be considered to be gifts for income tax purposes, under section LD 1. This is relevant as to when a donee organisation can issue a receipt and the supporter can claim the donation tax credit.
Welcome to the 2015 September issue of Better Business
Welcome to the autumn edition of better business