New Zealanders Payout $1.5 Million Tax in Life

May 22, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

WELLINGTON – New Zealanders are spending 15 years per household to pay off their tax obligations.

On May 22nd the New Zealand taxpayer advocacy group the Taxpayers’ Union published a new report showing that an average household in the country pays as much as NZD 1.48 million in tax over the course of its lifetime.

The total amount of tax paid is calculated based on an adjusted salary of NZD 98 818.

Based on the calculations, the average New Zealand household pays out approximately 15 years of earnings in the form of taxes.

For the average family, the total amount of taxes paid is made up of approximately NZD 826 000 in income taxes, NZD 375 000 in GST, NZD 121 000 local council rates, and NZD 40 000 petrol taxes.

Any households that fall significantly far from the average earner, eith...

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Taxes Could Curb Obesity in Australia

May 22, 2017 Taxation in Australia

obesity in AustraliaBRISBANE – Doctors in Australia are calling on the government to introduce new measures aimed at curbing the spread of obesity.

At a conference held in Brisbane recently, a leading endocrinologist Prof John Prins called for greater tax measures to discourage the spread of obesity in Australia.

The doctor said that the currently proposed tax measures such as fat taxes and sugar taxes are overly simplistic and do not cover the extent and intricacies of the issue of obesity.

He suggested that along with the already proposed tax measures, the government could also investigate the feasibility of reducing GST on healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Further, he called for extra disincentive measures to be applied, such as increased health and life insurance premiums, raised prices for...

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Thai Authorities Chase Luxury Car Scheme

May 20, 2017 Taxation in Thailand

Luxury Car ThailandBANGKOK – Thai authorities have are launching investigations into thousands of under-taxed luxury cars.

The tax authorities of Thailand have revealed that they are launching a new investigation into the purchases and import of approximately 10 000 high-end luxury cars, following a preliminary investigation which demonstrated that local automobile dealers are evading their tax obligations when importing cars.

Currently, any car imported into Thailand with a price exceeding THB 8 million are taxed as luxury items, with the rate set in accordance with the price.

Often the tax can be several times the value of the car itself.

In an effort to circumvent the tax, or to at least lower the amount paid, importers have underdeclared the value of the cars by as much as 40 percent.

Following the dis...

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Taxes Putting Churches in Danger in Canada

May 18, 2017 Taxation in China

Churches in CanadaOTTAWA – Churches in Canada are now seeking extra tax bills after enjoying exemptions for years, and the new financial pressure is putting the religious groups under extra pressure.

Some churches in Canada are currently undergoing investigations launched by local tax authorities, aimed at seeing the religious organizations pay a level of taxes that is more in line with a business.

Typically churches in Canada do not need to pay council tax, however, tax authorities are now taking steps to see churches pay at least a portion of the tax.

Investigators have allegedly visited churches to investigate the use and purpose of each room in the church, in order to determine what proportion of the building is used for community or religious purposes.

The exact amount of tax to be paid is being calc...

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Greeks Set to Pay EUR 620 in Taxes

May 11, 2017 Taxation in Greece

Taxes in GreeceATHENS – Tax returns from Greek taxpayers are starting to be filled, and early figures show that those that need to pay extra tax are only set to dish out EUR 620 each.

With less than two months to go, only 5 percent of all Greeks who need to file a tax return have done so, according to new information released by the Greek Independent Authority for Public Revenue.

In total only 368 537 returns have been filed.

Approximately 53.8 percent of the returns submitted did not make a claim for any tax refunds, nor did it state that the taxpayer had any extra taxes to pay beyond the amount which has already been withheld.

Nearly 16 percent of the returns filed claimed that a tax refund would need to be issued, with an average refund amount of EUR 312.

Approximately 31 percent of taxpayers would ...

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