Category Taxation in Asia-Pacific

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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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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NZ Retirement Savings Overtaxed, Claims Expert

October 11, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Kiwisaver taxationWELLINGTON – Property investors in New Zealand are seeing tax liabilities which are only a fraction of those paid by people saving for their retirement.

In a statement issued on October 10th, Peter Neilson, the former chief executive of the Financial Services Council of New Zealand, called for a rethink of the taxation of the country’s retirement savings system, KiwiSaver.

KiwiSaver is a nationwide retirement savings system, whereby a percentage of an employee’s pay is deducted from their wages and invested into a managed fund.

Over the previous financial year, approximately NZD 25.4 million was invested in the default funds assigned to taxpayers upon entry into KiwiSaver, and a further NZD 140.8 million was deposited into funds which were specifically chosen by the saver.

Currently,...

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Taxes an Election Hot Topic in New Zealand

September 15, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Tax in New ZealandWELLINGTON – The elections in New Zealand are heating up, and taxation is shaping up to be an increasingly important issue.

On September 14th the New Zealand Labour Party stated that it would not implement any new taxes in the country until at least 2021.

The Labour Party is the current opposition party, which has been attempting to oust the ruling National Party.

However, the Labour Party has been facing criticism for their lack of concrete tax plan and their promise to launch a working group which will evaluate whether any tax changes should be implemented in New Zealand.

Now the party has confirmed that the working group will still be formed, however, any changes suggested by the group will not be enacted until the next national election in 2021.

However, the party will still continue w...

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Potential Capital Gains Tax Discussed in New Zealand

September 7, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Capital gains taxWELLINGTON – New Zealand’s opposition party is drip-feeding the country more details on its proposed tax on housing and property.

In the run up to the national election in New Zealand, the focus is shifting to the prospect of the introduction of a tax on land or the capital gains from the sale of the property.

New Zealand has seen significant and persistent upwards movement in the price of the property, leading some to label the situation as a “housing crisis”.

The current leader of the opposition Labour party, Jacinda Arden, has suggested that her party will implement a capital gains tax or a land tax to address the issue.

However, previously she had not committed to the nature of the tax or to whether the tax will include taxpayers’ prime place of residence.

She has now confirmed ...

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