Category Archives: Taxation

What do New Zealanders actually earn? And why we need to understand these figures.

Before you read the rest of this post, get out a pen, and write down what income you think someone in New Zealand needs to earn to count as rich.  You could also write down what income you think the … Continue reading

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Talking about negative gearing

I have an article in the New Zealand Herald, about negative gearing.  I think it’s something our government should be working on, urgently. It’s time to start talking about negative gearing Negative gearing is the practice of investing in property, … Continue reading

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Submission to the Government Inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure

I’ve put a submission into the inquiry into foreign trust disclosure rules. You have until 5pm today if you want to put your own submission in. If you like, you’re very welcome to put a submission in supporting my submission. … Continue reading

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What’s going on with foreign trusts?

Trusts are weird beasts. They seem to have originated during the crusades: a death-and-mayhem-seeking-pilgrim would head off to the Holy Land, but in order to protect himself and his wife and his children and his property, he would hand over … Continue reading

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Who pays company tax?

Update: After I wrote this blog post, I thought that it would be good to see if I could get wider coverage for the ideas in it. There has been a mass of articles about multinationals and taxation in the … Continue reading

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I hope IRD is looking at this

Reported in the New Zealand Herald this morning, a house which has changed hands changed hands four times in three months, and made money every time. Sold four times in three months – price jumps $84,000 We don’t know how … Continue reading

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Another tax increase, but it won’t be happening any time soon

Goods and Services Tax is a tax on consumption in New Zealand. It ought to be imposed on all goods and services as they cross the border, but in practice, it’s not, because often the cost of collecting the tax … Continue reading

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