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Is the capital gains tax really dead?

ANALYSIS: Who killed the capital gains tax proposal and why? What did that decision cost us? And is it really dead or just resting? Tax is inherently political, so when looking at who killed the capital gains tax (CGT), the answer is straightforward: it was New Zealand First in the Beehive with its veto. Firmly slapping […]

Uber is a case study in our complicity with tax avoidance

In the 2010s the true extent of aggressive tax planning practices by tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook emerged. These behemoths simultaneously piled up billions of dollars in tax havens, embedded their products ever deeper into our lives and shattered parts of the non-digital economy. It was also during this period that we personally, together […]

Tax crackdown coming for Airbnb owners as Inland Revenue uses smart technology

Inland Revenue says it is asking countries with tax treaties to share details about Kiwi hosts renting out their homes on Airbnb. by Ben Leahy This article first appeared on the Herald. Take care if you’re one of the thousands of Kiwis using Airbnb or other online websites to rent out a home; you could […]

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Tax styles of the rich and famous

1966 and all that: The chequered history of entertainers, sports stars and tax What have William Shakespeare, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2, Norman Wisdom, Richard Burton, Boris Becker, Lionel Messi, Christian Ronaldo and Bobby Moore all got in common?  They are but a few of the many, very many, actors, entertainers and sports stars who […]

Inland Revenue efforts five years late

IRD’s efforts to crackdown on hidden economy ‘five years late’: tax expert Reproduced from The Herald Inland Revenue is “five years late” to tackle the mammoth issue of the country’s estimated billion-dollar “hidden economy”, a tax expert says. Inland Revenue collected $77.9 billion worth of tax revenue in the 2019 year, but experts estimate that […]

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5 most important tax-reforming finance ministers

The role of a finance minister is hugely important as they together with their Treasury department set the direction for an economy. Tax is a major part of any finance minister’s responsibilities, but for some finance ministers tax reforms are the key part of their legacy. Here are five finance ministers with a huge tax legacy. Jean-Baptiste […]

Blackburn Trustees, Brightline Test, Crowe Horwath

Blackburn Trustees versus Crowe Horwath and Brightline Test

I have just uploaded my slides presented to the Trusts Special Interest Group about the court case between Blackburn Trustees and Crowe Horwath International in the High Court and the lessons we can draw from this judgement about Capital Gains Tax and the Brightline Test. Blackburn Trustees and the Brightline Test #tax from Baucher Consulting Limited

The ramifications from the removal of tax depreciation on all buildings

Tax is full of unintended consequences and one such instance is probably critical to Jenée Tibshraeny’s exposé of the problems many bodies corporate of apartment blocks now face. The story begins in January 2010 when the Victoria University of Wellington Tax Working Group (the VUW TWG) released its report. The VUW TWG’s key recommendation was for the personal, trust and […]

Govt won’t prioritise any Tax Working Group environmental tax proposals

So, no Capital Gains Tax to rule them all, not even a wafer-thin mint partial extension of the existing bright-line test to cover all residential investment property/holiday homes.  I’m almost certainly not the only one who didn’t see that coming. The other big surprise for me is the decision to not prioritise any new environmental […]

The other tax recommendations the government ignored

Perhaps the Tax Working Group was fatally compromised from the outset when the taxation of the family home was excluded from its terms of reference. My view is that too often proponents of a capital gains tax default to arguing the difficulties and are therefore on the back foot from the outset. Even so, the decision to […]

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