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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


Hybrid mistmatch arrangements are one of the main base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) strategies used by some large international companies to pay little or no tax anywhere in the world.

The OECD developed recommendations for anti-hybrid measures in its 15 point Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan.

A Government discussion document, Addressing hybrid mismatch arrangements, seeks comments on how the OECD recommendations could be implemented in New Zealand:

Part I of the document describes the problem of hybrid mismatch arrangements, the case for responding to the problem, and a summary of the OECD recommendations.

Part II of the document explains the OECD recommendations in greater depth and discusses how they could be incorporated into New Zealand law.

Submissions close on 17 October 2016.

An officials' issues paper, Taxation of employee share schemes, released in May 2016 sought feedback on proposals for taxing employee share schemes under New Zealand’s broad base low rate tax framework.

Tax treatment of employee share schemes – further consultation, released on 1 September 2016, provides an update on the proposals and an opportunity to make a further submission.

The objective is for the tax treatment of employment income paid in shares to be consistent with the treatment of income paid in cash.

Submissions on the updated proposals close on 30 September 2016.