Iain Blakeley

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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...

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...

Govt raises stakes for online shoppers

The NZ Prime Minister says his government will go it alone if the OECD doesn't move quickly enough to impose GST or VAT on online sales. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11418586 The fact the Prime Minister is raising this now is...

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...

Global VAT alignment edges closer

At the Global Forum on VAT in Tokyo last week 86 countries signed up to the first agreed framework for applying VAT to internationally traded services and intangibles. The new guidelines set out core VAT principles to be applied when taxing services and intangibles,...

“Australia should follow NZ GST”?

NZ's GST is certainly the most efficient form of VAT in the world. The "VAT Revenue Ratio" is used by the OECD as a measure of VAT efficiency. The average in the OECD is about 50%. The least efficient is Turkey's VAT at about 30%. NZ ranks top at a little more than...

GST and online shopping – is there a cure?

The NZ Government has delayed the Customs / IRD report on GST and online trading to allow the issue to be considered as part of the wider review of how global corporates are taxed. I think the merger of the issues was unavoidable. They are closely linked and the...

Labour Party drops GST policy on food

Labour has officially abandoned its policy to remove GST from fresh fruit and vegetables. See here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11190292 Anyone who has heard David Cunliffe speak on tax policy since he was appointed Labour's...

At least it’s a start

There's a lot of chatter about South Africa's proposed law requiring foreign businesses to charge VAT on sales of digital products to South African residents. If passed the law will cover things like music, videos, software and games sold on line. At the moment, like...

Online trading – again

Once again the issue of internet purchases coming in to NZ GST free is hitting the news. See here In my view this needs to be addressed. The size of the problem will only increase. Having any kind of exemption like this distorts our GST system and favours some at the...

The GST cost of eradicating cats

Gareth Morgan wants cats to be eradicated from New Zealand. NZ Herald 22 Jan I haven't seen any analysis of the tax impact of this policy so thought I'd run some quick numbers myself. Apparently there are more than 1.4m cats in New Zealand (a world record per capita)....

NZ tax department reveals its compliance focus

Our new tax Commissioner has just released a document outlining her department's key compliance programmes for 2012/13.http://www.ird.govt.nz/resources/6/6/661d18004c5fb8aea1cde57bdeadb8e8/our-compliance-focus-2012.pdf?CACHEID=661d18004c5fb8aea1cde57bdeadb8e8The 32...

Good news for non resident businesses

Non resident businesses looking to establish supply chains into New Zealand have to go through hoops to register for GST here and recover the GST on their NZ expenses. Often it means they're at a disadvantage when compared to businesses established in New Zealand....

GST and non-profit bodies

Inland Revenue released their updated "Public rulings work programme" on 5 October. This is where they announce key policy areas they are working on at the moment. It means we can expect some sort of discussion document, legislative announcement or ruling on certain...

Late payment fees or penalties?

Yesterday's tax bill proposes a new provision saying "a fee charged for the late payment of an account" is treated as subject to GST. It will be back dated to 2003 to prevent the Government being inundated with refund claims. My issue is with the drafting. It applies...

Penny and Hooper decision carries GST lessons.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that orthopaedic surgeons Ian Penny and Gary Hooper avoided tax when they diverted income from their practices to lower tax rate entities such as companies and trusts. A significant issue was the below market salaries they paid...

All Black Rugby World Cup jerseys

The furore over being able to buy the new AB jerseys overseas for less than they are sold locally once again calls into question how well our tax legislation is dealing with internet commerce. The pricing of the jerseys overseas would seem to allow them to be imported...