Iain Blakeley

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Easy fix costs Rugby League Club

Easy fix costs Rugby League Club

Keeping up with your tax obligations can sometimes seem a drag: forms to be filled in, changes to keep abreast of and an incessant focus on the detail. Mistakes can be costly. A few dollars here and there might be overlooked but get it much more wrong and you can be...

IRD wants to hear from employers

IRD wants to hear from employers

IRD wants to know what employers think of their proposals for correcting and adjusting PAYE filings. This recently released officials' paper sets out the background and proposals: http://taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz/publications/2017-ip-paye-error-correction/overview A tax...

GST derails another property sale

GST derails another property sale

Recently from the Court of Appeal, another example of how GST can derail what should have been a simple property sale. Y & P NZ Ltd v Yang Wang & Chen Zhang [2017] NZCA 280 is a decision from the Court of Appeal about whether caveats registered by the...

Australia jumps ahead of NZ in taxing digital commerce

The Australian Government has released draft legislation proposing to apply GST to downloads and streaming of digital content and other services supplied from offshore to Australian consumers. This will affect media such as games, movies, e-books and music downloaded...

It wouldn’t happen in New Zealand – or would it?

An Australian court says a taxpayer has not commenced a subdivision activity until they have the funds needed to purchase the land. The costs spent beforehand on planning permits and market valuations were preliminary or preparatory to starting any business. That's...

Fishing quota and coastal permits

Inland Revenue has confirmed GST second hand goods credits cannot be claimed on the purchase of fishing quota, coastal permits and certificates of compliance. Two binding rulings (BR 15/01 and 15/02) just released by the tax department conclude fishing quota, coastal...

Governments using lotteries to collect tax

Tax collectors in the EU are looking more closely at the use of lotteries to tackle VAT evasion. This paper, just published, discusses how existing lottery schemes work and reveals there could be upside for governments. It concludes more empirical evidence is needed...

Australian Tax Office rules on Bitcoin

The ATO has just issued a ruling on the GST treatment of Bitcoin. Here: http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?docid=%22GST%2FGSTR20143%2FNAT%2FATO%2F00001%22 In brief: 1. A transfer of bitcoin is a "supply" for GST purposes. 2. Bitcoin is not "money" under the GST...

12 GST thoughts of Christmas

12 GST thoughts of Christmas: 1. There's no GST on gifts (so Santa is probably not GST registered). 2. GST registered businesses can claim back the GST on gifts they buy for staff, suppliers and customers. 3. If you buy someone a gift voucher for Christmas it's quite...

IRD comments on short term Christchurch rentals

Inland Revenue's latest Business Tax Update reminds us people renting out houses in Christchurch short-term have to pay income tax on the rent, less deductions. It's a pity they don't mention GST because that's more interesting. The update is here:...

Time to tidy up the GST Act?

The GST Act needs to be tidied up and made more user-friendly in my view. I read the GST Act every day. Sad, I know. Anyway, it used to be pretty simple to navigate around but lately I've been finding it a bit more of a challenge. (No smart comments about aging...

28 October deadline for non-residents

Non-residents wishing to register under the special GST registration system have until 28 October to ensure their registration (and refund claims) are backdated to 1 April 2014. All non-resident businesses who have incurred costs in New Zealand and who are not already...

GST and tips

Some discussion lately on tips and GST. It's become more common for eftpos devices to offer customers a tipping option when paying their bills. The GST implications of this are more complex than the old-fashioned method of slipping a bit of extra cash to the staff...

Good news for Australian tiramisu lovers

The Australian Tax Office publishes a detailed food list which, over 88 pages, gives their opinion on the GST status of everything from abalone to zabaglione. Tiramisu was on the list as subject to GST. However, on 27 August the Tax Office removed tiramisu from the...

What’s the IRD working on?

IRD has published its Public Rulings work programme for 2014/15. You can find the full document here: http://www.ird.govt.nz/resources/7/7/77d3ecdd-6305-408a-8b88-541e509f487b/download-pr-work-programme-2014-2015.pdf Given GST is by far the most interesting tax here...

Visiting sports teams

The recent publicity about AFL players being pinged for income tax as "entertainers" when they played the Anzac Day matches here is interesting. See here: http://www.3news.co.nz/Wellington-AFL-game-hit-with-tax/tabid/415/articleID/355731/Default.aspx Like everything...

Surprise in body corporate treatment?

A Product Ruling (BR Prd 14/08) published by IRD on 28 July is fascinating as much for what it doesn't say as the conclusions reached. Facts briefly: - Unit title building in Christchurch. - Mostly commercial property. - Destroyed in earthquake. - Body corporate...