Category Taxation in Asia-Pacific

Cigarette Taxes Hiked in NZ

January 5, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

Cigarette taxes in NZWELLINGTON – The prices of cigarettes in New Zealand have risen by 60 percent since 2012, and the trend is not set to stop anytime soon.

On January 1st the price of cigarettes in New Zealand rose, as another tranche of tax hikes hit tobacco products sold in the country.

The new hike raised the tax levied on the sale of tobacco products by 10 percent.

The tax hike is not an isolated measure, but the second round of four planned annual tax hikes.

It is estimated that following the tax hike, the price of an average pack of cigarettes will now be between NZD 27 and NZD 30 per pack.

The New Zealand Treasury believes that the 10 percent increase in the tax rate will lead to a reduction in tobacco consumption levels of up to 5 percent, and a subsequent 2...

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Reduce Car Taxes, Reduce Road Crashes

December 21, 2017 Taxation in Australia

car taxCANBERRA – If Australia dropped its car import tax, the national road toll would drop.

New research released by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has indicated that dropping taxes on car imports in the country will lead to a reduced road roll and will save healthcare expenditure.

Australia currently has an unusually old car fleet for a developed country, and the state and technology of the cars result in a disproportionately high road toll.

The average age of a passenger vehicle in the country is 9.8 years, while light commercial vehicles are an even older 10.4 years.

If the age of the fleet was reduced by even 1 year, road crashes would be reduced by 5.4 percent, and lead savings of 3.3 billion in healthcare costs over the coming 20 years.

The reduction in the age of the car ...

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Luxury Car Tax Bites Australians

December 19, 2017 Taxation in Australia

Luxury Car TaxCANBERRA – Australia’s appetite for luxury cars is proving to be a financial windfall for the government.

Information contained in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released by the government of Australia has shown that the amount of tax revenue collected from the sale of luxury automobiles is rising beyond expectation.

All cars sold by a registered dealer in Australia are liable for a Luxury Car Tax if their sale price is above AUD64 132, or AUD 75 526 in the case of cars with a fuel efficiency exceeding 7L/100km.

The tax is levied at a rate of 33 percent on the portion of the price which exceeds the applicable threshold.

In the current financial year the tax is expected to lead to revenues of approximately AUD 680 million, a level which is nearly AUD 30 million higher than was ...

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NZ Cracks Down on Tax Avoiders

December 8, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

New Zealand tax rulesWELLINGTON – New Zealand may soon step up against large multinational businesses arranging their affairs to skip paying taxes in the country.

On December 8th the Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill was introduced into parliament in New Zealand.

The bill will, if approved, help control the occurrence of tax evasion and avoidance committed in New Zealand by multinational companies.

The newly proposed rules are based on similar rules enacted and proposed around the world for combating tax evasion and base erosion.

The key points in the bill revolve around aggressive tax planning and the misuse of intercompany loans, hybrid mismatches, artificial arrangements, and illicit transfer pricing practices.

It is expected that if the new rules are implemented, they will lea...

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NZ Tourist Tax Needs Better Planning

December 5, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

tourism NZWELLINGTON – Taxes collected from tourist should flow to regions which attracted the tourists to New Zealand, says tourism group.

In a press release on December 4th the advocacy group Regional Tourism NZ called for “a coordinated national discussion on tourism tax”.

The newly elected Labour government in New Zealand has previously campaigned on the promise of a NZD 25 tourist tax to be paid by each international visitor coming to the country.

However, despite the campaign promises, there have not yet been any confirmed details of how the tax will work, and whether the proposed rate will be maintained.

It was explained in the press release that the growth of tourism in New Zealand is having a disproportionate benefit across New Zealand, with many regions benefiting greatly from risin...

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