NZ Approving Tourist Tax

September 28, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

New Zealand Visitor TaxWELLINGTON – Visiting New Zealand will soon be NZD 35 more expensive, following the approval of a new visitor levy.

On September 26th the Cabinet of New Zealand approved the International Visitor Conservation & Tourism Levy which is to be paid by tourists coming to the country.

The new levy will be paid at a rate of NZD 35 per person entering the country for a temporary visitor tourism purposes.

The levy will be collected via either visa fees or via a new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which will be completed prior to arrival in New Zealand.

Visitors from a country with a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand will pay via the ETA while tourists who require a Visitor Visa will make the payment at the time of lodgement of their visa application.

The funds raised from the levy will be...

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Tax Driving Not Cars, Says Israel Think-Tank

September 27, 2018 Taxation in Israel

Car tax in IsraelTEL AVIV – One think tank is calling for Israel to make purchasing cars cheaper, while making driver much more expensive.

A think tank in Israel is calling for taxes to be dropped entirely from cars, fuel, and auto-parts, and shifted towards driving.

Manuel Trajtenberg, a researcher at the Technion’s Samuel Neaman Institute, has submitted his proposal to the Finance Ministry of Israel, claiming that his idea will help alleviate the country’s worsening traffic problems.

It has been estimated by the Bank of Israel that in 2016 the impact of traffic delays resulted in economic losses of ISK 35 billion.

However, the national treasure believes that the cost is only ISK 25 billion, while some academics think that is currently as high as ISK 522 billion, and will reach ISK 100 billion by 2...

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British Newspapers Wants Facebook Tax

September 26, 2018 Taxation in UK

media license feeLONDON – British newspapers need to take back some of the money flowing to Facebook and Google, according to an industry body.

On September 25th the UK News Media Association (NMA) issued a press release calling for large internet companies to pay a license fee to fund journalism in the UK.

The NMA is claiming that “tech giants” such as Google and Facebook are seeing an increase in revenues from advertising derived by hosting and displaying articles and journalism made by UK journalist.

As the advertising revenues is “…now flowing to the global search engines and social media companies who make no meaningful contribution to the cost of producing the original content from which they so richly benefit,” revenues for publishers is plummeting.

In the 10 years between 2007 and 2017...

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Drones Spying on Greek Tax Dodgers

September 25, 2018 Taxation in Greece

drones and taxesSANTORINI – Drones have been used to spy on tour boats in Greece.

Greek tax authorities have used drones to monitor tax compliance in Santorini.

The recent use of drones is part of an experiment by tax authorities to catch out tax dodgers in the popular tourist destination.

The drones followed and recorded nine separate tour boats, and evidence was collected on the number of paying passengers the boat had.

Tax authorities compared the information they gathered on vide against the declared receipts and revenues provided by the boat-operators.

It was shown that the boat-operators under-declared their incomes by approximately EUR 29 460.

Tax authorities claim that they have increased the extent and number of inspections that they are conducting in tourist-heavy areas.

Greece is highly reli...

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Netherlands Speed Cameras Become Tax Traps

September 24, 2018 Taxation in Netherlands

Dutch road taxAMSTERDAM – Dutch authorities will use an extensive camera network to see who is driving their car without paying tax.

Late last week Dutch media revealed that tax authorities will soon be monitoring all cars on the road to determine who is and who is not paying road taxes.

The Netherlands has an extensive array of cameras throughout the national roading network, both in the form of regular speed cameras and 800 specialized “ANPR” cameras used to monitor road conditions.

The cameras will be used by the tax authorities to see what cars are on the road, and reconcile the information against the information it has about who has paid their road taxes.

The monitoring of car use is expected to raise as much as EUR 10 million in extra tax revenues each year.

Previously authorities had used...

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