Iain Blakeley

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NZ businesses are getting it wrong

I'm seeing increasing evidence of misunderstanding over how the zero rating rules apply. From 1 April 2014 non-resident businesses can register for GST in NZ under a new system which allows them to claim GST refunds on business related costs. Historically a business...

GST for schools – consultation

Inland Revenue has released a draft Public Ruling on the GST treatment of payments by parents to state schools. This is a re-issue of previous rulings with just a few changes to reflect recent developments in GST law. If you want to comment on the draft ruling you...

Bodies corporate and GST

Last week the Revenue Minister issued another Discussion Document on the GST treatment of bodies corporate. The IRD seems to have come full circle on this one. See here: Bodies corporate and GST. It is proposed our GST legislation will exempt a body corporate under...

NZ GST legislation inadequate

The NZ GST Act inadequately deals with online supplies of services and should be fixed immediately.I'm referring to how the Act treats those selling products online such as e-books, movies, professional advice, teaching materials, photographs and lots of...

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...

Bodies corporate and GST

Brian Fallow's opinion piece in today's Herald on residential bodies corporate and GST is timely. See here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11231055 This issue baffles me. Why is it so complicated and why is it taking so long...

Are you ready for the 1st of April 2014?

Change to tax law is as certain as tax itself.The 1st of April is a favourite of governments around the world for ushering in tax changes.Here's a snippet of some changes that are coming into force in GST, VAT and other indirect taxes on 1 April:Albania - Supplies of...

Grant versus fee!

The Woking Museum and Arts and Crafts Centre is a charity set up to "advance the education of the public in local national and international history and arts and crafts". In 2003 it entered into an agreement with the Woking Borough Council [In the UK] to "provide...

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...

November GST return due

November 2013 GST returns and payments are due today folks. Normally GST returns are due the 28th of the following month but this is extended to 15 Jan for the November return to take into account the Xmas/New Year holiday period. cheers Iain

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...

GST refund claims: keep it real.

You can't claim GST back on an expense unless you actually receive whatever it is you are paying for. That's the message from the Australian Federal Court in a decision released on 1 November [Professional Admin Service Centres Pty Ltd v FC of T]. In that case the...

Buying and selling houses

If you're buying and selling houses on a regular basis be careful of GST. The Tax Review Authority recently backdated GST registration for a couple's family trust to 1999 because they traded 11 residential properties in 12 years. The case is reported at: Case 5/2013...

Exporters beware!

There's no GST on exports, right? Wrong! Sometimes GST does apply to exports. Here's an example: NZ Ltd agrees to sell products to UK Ltd. UK Ltd is going to use the parts in the creation of a sculpture in the UK. NZ Ltd invoices UK Ltd and receives payment before the...

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