Category Taxation in Asia-Pacific

New Zealand Slaps New Taxes on Tourists

June 15, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

Air New ZealandWELLINGTON – New Zealand is tightening up its borders and slapping taxes and fees on those wanting to visit or live in the country.

On June 15th the government of New Zealand launched a new consultation on proposed changes to the taxes and levies to be paid by visitors and migrants coming to the country.

Immigration and tourist taxes have been a hot-button topic in New Zealand in the last year, with the newly elected government making a campaign promise to address the issues of excessive inward migration and drawing more funding from visitors for tourism infrastructure.

The government has now released its proposed changes in this regard, and is seeking public comment on the proposals.

Among the proposed changes is a NZD 30 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, which will ...

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Amazon Shuts Out Australians, Blames GST Rules

June 1, 2018 Taxation in Australia

Amazon tax AustraliaCANBERRA – Australia’s new tax rules have led Amazon to shut out Australian shoppers.

On May 31st the international online retailer Amazon announced that it would be geo-blocking Australian shoppers from their US website.

Users located in Australia would still be able to us the Australian section of Amazon.

Amazon is taking the move to lessen the tax compliance burden arising from Australia’s new rules regarding GST on internet purchases.

The Australian government has set in place new rules to mandate that online retailers reaching a pre-set sales threshold must register for GST in Australia, and collect the 10 percent tax from all sales made in Australia.

Previously goods worth less than AUD 1000 and purchased overseas could be brought into the country without facing the tax.

The T...

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Samoan Church Choosing to Ignore New Taxes

May 31, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – During a recent Assembly, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has announced that it intends to ignore the government’s new tax on the income of ministers.

Samoa is seeing an escalation in the controversy surrounding the church taxes, as the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has outright refused to comply with the newly announced tax on ministers’ incomes.

Earlier this year the government of Samoa passed new regulations requiring church ministers to pay income tax on the earnings they receive from their congregation.

The church claimed that it will need to discuss the impact of the tax and their possible reaction during their General Assembly, which was held last week.

It was the decision of the Church to not pay the tax, and to reject the system entirely, as the...

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Drop The Petrol Tax, Says NZ National Party

May 23, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

Fuel taxWELLINGTON – The New Zealand government needs to drop the idea of new petrol taxes, as the fuel prices are already at record-high levels, according to the major opposition party.

In a new press release issued on May 22nd the National Party of New Zealand, the major opposition party, called on the government to cancel the planned implementation of fuel taxes in the country.

The National Party claims that the current price of petrol is at a record high, hitting as much as NZD 2.30 per litre, and that some experts are claiming that the price could reach NZD 3 per litre in the foreseeable future.

The government of New Zealand is currently planning on enacting nation-wide hikes to the rate of fuel tax of NZD 0.03 to NZD 0.04 per litre per year for the next three years.

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New Zealand’s Cities Asking for Fuel Taxes

May 17, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

fuel tax taurangaWELLINGTON – New Zealand’s biggest city will soon have a regional fuel tax, and now the country’s smaller cities want to follow suit.

Regional Council across New Zealand are requesting that the government grants them permission to impose region-specific fuel taxes.

The latest local council to pursue a local fuel tax is the Tauranga City Council, which hoped to be able to charge more at the pump, like the country’s largest city, Auckland.

Tauranga joins Christchurch and Hamilton, two other major cities which are hoping to raise funds via a fuel tax.

The Council claim that the regional fuel taxes would be used to fund the development and improvement of transport infrastructure in their respective regions.

The Auckland Council has been granted permission to levy a tax of NZD 0...

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