Iain Blakeley

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Exempting healthy food from GST

The important GST policy issues…

IRD Policy have just released their updated work programme for 2010 / 2011. I understand they will consider submissions from anyone who feels there are other more pressing tax policy considerations. Here's what they have in the policy pipeline for GST: - June 2011: a...

The great New Zealand GST myth?

"Single rate, broad based" is the catch phrase of New Zealand's GST system but is it really true? There are now 9 GST rates applying in New Zealand as determined in the legislation or by IRD decree. They are 0%, 7.5%, 9%, 10.25%, 10.75%, 12.3%, 12.5%, 12.9% and 15%....

What a cracker!

The Full Federal Court of Australia has decided a mini ciabatta is a "cracker". This is a decision of some significance because it means mini ciabatta are subject to GST. On the other hand, if the Court decided they are "bread" there would be no GST. Here's a picture...

NZ GST landscape changes

Following Labour leader Phil Goff's confirmation yesterday his party will remove GST on fresh fruit and vegetables if elected later this year the New Zealand GST landscape has changed significantly. Since 1986 when the Labour Party first gave us GST there has been...

Political realities of reduced GST rates

It remains to be seen whether the local body election results in the weekend represent a shift to the left in New Zealand. Certainly some commentators are suggesting Phil Goff can take heart from the Auckland result especially. What would a change of government next...

GST exemption for healthy food

The proposal from Maori MP Rahui Katene to exempt healthy food from GST was turned down by Parliament last night. The Bill won't even make its way to the Select Committee where public debate could have occurred. I think that's a shame. It would have been useful to...

Exemption for food scuttled

The Government has quickly moved to veto any chance of the proposed GST exemption for healthy food from reaching our dining tables. Just two reasons given that I noticed. 1. Once we start exempting some items where do we stop? 2. The compliance costs would outweigh...

Tax on healthy food

It looks like Parliament will get a chance this week to debate whether GST should be removed from "healthy food". The suggestion is coming in the form of a private member's Bill from Maori Party MP Rahui Katene. What a great topic! Frankly I think it's about time NZ...

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