Tag Archives: Taxation

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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What I think about a Universal Basic Income

A friend asked me what I thought about a Universal Basic Income. Here are some notes I put together a couple of months ago, when UBIs were the topic of the day here in New Zealand. TL:DR – I’m a … 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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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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Tweeting the budget: what people are interested in

When the Budget was released yesterday, I quickly pulled together two tables of information, one about where government was getting money from, and the other about where government was spending money. The breakdown of revenue was available directly from the … Continue reading

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