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Working from home – can you claim a deduction for your expenses?

Are extra expenses and use of personal assets to work from home deductible against your taxable income? As usual with tax, its complicated. We’re in week three of the Lockdown, and although the Prime Minister has indicated there may be a possible shift to Level 3 from 22nd April, a majority of employees may still be […]

Terry’s top five

When a post COVID-19 world dawns, there’ll be plenty of options for new taxes. Photo: Terry Baucher. Terry Baucher on rising tax rates, the taxation of capital, environmental taxes, a rising corporate tax take and increasing power and reach of tax authorities 1) In the short-term tax rates will rise.  The initial shock to government […]

Terry wins ATAINZ Award

A big surprise for Terry at the ATAINZ annual conference, to be presented with the President’s Award in recognition of service and commitment to ATAINZ at an exceptional level.

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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Five 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 […]

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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

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