Category Taxation in Asia-Pacific

Samoan Chruch Tax Stoush Escalates

July 18, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – Samoa’s biggest church continues to deny that its ministers should be taxed, and now the church is even refusing to talk about the topic.

The ongoing battle between the government of Samoa and the nation’s biggest church, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, has taken another turn, as the church appears to have refused to talk about the matter until next year.

Earlier this year the government enacted a new law which would require church ministers to register to pay income tax, and to pay the tax on the money they receive while carrying out their duties.

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa contests that the money that ministers receive is all in the form of donation and shouldn’t be taxed, and, further, the thought of taxing the donations is an affront to their...

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Samoa’s Tax Stand Off Continues

July 12, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – The tax dispute between the Samoan state and the Samoan church is continuing, with the government now threatening to confiscate minister’s assets.

The Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has said that the government is not ruling out the potential confiscation of assets from church ministers, if they do not comply with the new tax rules regarding incomes from donations made by church-goers.

Earlier this year the government of Samoa announced that it will consider payments made to church ministers to be income, and, as such, to be liable for income taxes.

Samoa’s largest church contested that the payments are donations, and therefore should not be taxed, and added further that paying tax on the income is an insult to the faith.

The Church is maintaining that its...

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New Petrol Taxes Launch in New Zealand

June 29, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

petrol taxes in new zealandWELLINGTON – From this weekend on, petrol will be more expensive in New Zealand, as new taxes come into force.

Earlier this week the New Zealand government passed the third reading of a bill to levy a regional fuel tax in the country’s biggest city.

The new regional fuel tax will allow the Auckland Council to charge a tax of NZD 0.115 on each litre of petrol sold in the Auckland region.

The money gathered from the tax is aimed at helping fund new infrastructure developments, and to ease the monetary burden felt by the government in paying for roads in Auckland.

Along with the new regional tax, the government hopes to enact a new nation-wide tax from October 1st, which will be levied at a rate of NZD 0.035 per litre of petrol.

It is expected that by 2020 the new taxes will result in t...

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Samoa’s Church and State Settle Tax Stoush

June 28, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – The stand-off between the church and the state in Samoa may have come to an end, as the government backs down over its intention to tax church ministers.

The government of Samoa and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa appear to have settled their standing dispute regarding the taxation of Ministers.

Earlier this year the government enacted new regulations which would make ministers liable to pay income taxes on the money they make as donations from their congregation.

Over the course of this week, the parliament of Samoa rushed through a new bill which amends the initial rules on the taxation of Ministers.

Under the new rules, Ministers will not pay income tax on the monies they receive as donations from funerals, weddings and other traditional occasions.

The Church has ...

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Tax Could Cut Housing Cost in NZ

June 19, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

property taxWELLINGTON – Taxes could result in significant decreases to New Zealand’s cost of houses, however, it would be accompanied by increases to the cost of renting.

New Zealand’s Westpac bank released the results of new modelling on June 19th, showing the potential impact that several property taxes will have on the cost of housing in the country.

The modelling was provided to the Tax Working Group, a government established working group tasked with examining the feasibility of a wide set of tax reforms for New Zealand.

Housing is a hot topic in New Zealand, as the cost of renting or purchasing housing has grown significantly over the last several years, seriously harming housing affordability across the country.

The bank’s researchers examined the potential impact of a capital gains tax ...

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