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News and information about the Government's tax policy work programme, including:
- proposed changes to the laws that Inland Revenue is responsible for
- updates on the progress of bills through Parliament
- policy announcements

Tax policy news

21 October 2016

To help financial institutions prepare for the implementation of the OECD’s automatic exchange of information initiative, two public information sessions are planned.


Friday 4th November
Asteron Centre, Level 5
55 Featherston Street

RSVP: By Monday 31st October to


Wednesday 9th November
Deloitte Centre
80 Queen Street

RSVP: By Thursday 3rd November to

30 September 2016

Supplementary Order Paper No. 229, released yesterday, proposes an amendment to the Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information, and Remedial Matters) Bill. The proposed amendment would extend the current student loan interest exemption for borrowers studying overseas to include recipients of New Zealand Government-funded scholarships who are studying full-time overseas or undertaking approved internships. For more information see the SOP and the regulatory impact statement (PDF 280 KB).

6 September 2016

The Government has released a discussion document containing proposals for addressing hybrid mismatch arrangements. The discussion document proposes that New Zealand adopts the OECD recommendations on hybrid mismatch arrangements and calls for submissions on how that could best be done. For more information see the media statement and the discussion document. Submissions close on 17 October 2016 [extended to 11 November 2016].

1 September 2016

Following submissions on the May 2016 officials’ issues paper, Taxation of employee share schemes, refined proposals are now available for comment. Tax treatment of employee share schemes – further consultation provides an update on the proposals, and the opportunity to make a further submission on the updated proposals. The closing date for further submissions is 30 September 2016.

19 August 2016

The Government will consider providing Inland Revenue with the authority to remit the interest on late payments for residents of Hawke's Bay who have been stricken with gastroenteritis. For more information see the media statement from Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse and Minister for Small Business Craig Foss.


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