Canada to Legalise and Tax Marijuana

June 21, 2018 Taxation in Canada

marijuana legalisationOTTAWA – Canada could see as much as CAD 400 million per year in extra tax revenues, following its move to legalize cannabis.

The Canadian government has become the first G7 nation legalize recreational marijuana, and alongside the newly opened up rules come the potential for significant tax revenues for the government.

The sale of marijuana in Canada will be taxed at the higher amount of either the rate of CAD 1 per gram or 10 percent of the retail price.

The revenues gathered from the tax will be split between the federal government and the provincial governments.

The federal government will take the lower of either 25 percent of all tax revenues collected, or CAD 100 million each year.

It is expected that the total amount of sales in the new legal marijuana industry could rise to as m...

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Hungary Taxing Migration NGOs

June 20, 2018 Taxation in Hungary

Migration in HungaryBUDAPEST – Hungary’s government is taking an anti-immigration stance, and looking to tax those helping migrants come into the country.

The government of Hungary has announced that it will be implementing a special 25 percent tax on any NGOs which it says are “organizing immigration”.

The tax will presumably be levied on all aid groups which help migrants come to Hungary, however, the exact details of who will be targeted by the tax have not yet been released.

Further, the mechanism for collecting the tax, or when exactly the tax will come into force have also not been detailed.

The government claims that the tax is needed because defending the nation against illegal migration carries a significant financial burden, which has and will continue to weigh down the national budget.

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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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Egypt Hikes Petrol Prices

June 18, 2018 Taxation in Egypt

Fuel tax EgyptCAIRO – Taxpayers across Egypt will soon be feeling a greater financial burden, hikes petrol prices and gas prices by as much as 50 percent.

Over the weekend the Oil Minister of Egypt Tarek el-Molla announced that the price of petrol and cooking fuel will be hiked, as part of the government’s austerity measures.

Egypt’s ongoing slashes to subsidies are part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund, which is calling for economic reform as part of a USD 12 billion loan package.

The price of 92-octane gasoline will now rise by 34 percent, while the price of 80-octane will rise by nearly 50 percent.

The less popular 95-octane gasoline will also rise, but only by a comparatively smaller level of 17.5 percent.

The hikes are not restricted to transport fuel only, with the gas often use...

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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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