Monthly Archives November 2017

New Zealand Confirms GST on Online Shopping

November 15, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

129624134WELLINGTON – All online purchases in New Zealand will soon be liable for a 15 percent tax.

The new Revenue Minister of New Zealand Stuart Nash has confirmed that the country will start collecting Goods and Service Tax on all online purchases.

Currently, any online purchase made from an overseas retailer are not levied with the country’s 15 percent GST, if the purchase price is less than NZD 400.

The tax is typically collected at the border, as the goods come into the country.

The government now hopes to enact a tax on all goods coming into the country, regardless of the price.

The new measure is meant to level the playing field between local retailers who have to pay the tax, and foreign businesses which can ignore the charge.

Retail NZ, an advocacy group for businesses in New Zealand,...

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Canada’s Pot Tax Will Fund Education

November 14, 2017 Taxation in Canada

Marijuana TaxOTTAWA – Canada’s tax on legal marijuana will help stamp out the illegal drug trade, while also potentially raising funds for public education about the harm caused by drugs.

On November 13th a Minister of Parliament of Canada Bill Blair called for the tax revenues from the country’s upcoming legalization of marijuana to be used to fund public education about the drug.

Under the current plan for the legalization of marijuana, the federal government intends to levy a tax on the sale of marijuana, with a rate of 10 percent of the retail price of marijuana or CAD 1 per gram, whichever is higher.

It is believed that the tax could garner tax revenues of as much as CAD 1 billion per year.

The MP claims that the government has a responsibility now of ensuring that Canadians know and underst...

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UK Pubs Need a Break From Tax Hikes

November 13, 2017 Taxation in UK

pubLONDON – The great British pub may be dying, and it needs tax relief in order to survive.

Last week a group of 50 Ministers of Parliament of the UK sent a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, calling for a freeze to beer duties and the implementation of a new business relief package for pubs.

It has been suggested by experts that pubs in the UK are some of the last public meeting spaces in the country, and are integral to life in the UK.

It is currently estimated that pubs in the UK are closing down at a rate of as much as 21 per week.

The letter called for the government to ensure that in the upcoming Autumn Budget there is freeze to the rate of beer duty.

Further, the letter calls for the current pub-specific tax relief package to be raised from GBP 1 000 to ...

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Sugar Taxes Aren’t the Full Solution

November 8, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Tax on sodaWELLINGTON – New Zealand needs to look beyond a simple sugar tax, and weigh up a tax on all processed foods.

On November 7th Exercise NZ released a media statement, saying that taxes on sugary drinks is only a part of the problem of addressing the nation’s obesity problem.

It was noted that some countries have already begun implementing a tax on sugary drinks, however, the measures have only had a limited effect on drinks consumption.

The reason for the lack of success was that sugar-sweetened beverages are relatively cheap, and adding a small tax to their sale still leaves the drinks as a cheap product.

It was suggested that instead of a singular tax on one type of food item, a series of taxes should be applied to a number of processed foods, with the collected funds to be used to pay...

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Cuba’s FDI Reaches $2 Billion

November 6, 2017 Taxation in Cuba

Cuban foreign investmentHAVANA – Cuba’s tax breaks may have proven effective at attracting new investment into the country.

Last week the government of Cuba announced that it has so far attracted more than USD 2 billion worth of foreign investment into the country.

Cuba needs approximately USD 2 billion in investment per year in order to keep its economy afloat.

The new investments are spread out over the 30 agreements signed so far this year.

Additionally, a further 80 deals are under negotiation, with 15 being nearly complete and potentially being ready to sign this year.

Out of the 30 deals, 11 are for businesses with 100 percent foreign ownership, and 14 are for administrative and production agreements.

It is widely believed that the new businesses are mainly involved in the tourism and energy industries.

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