Inland Revenue - Tax policy Tax Policy

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

17 April 2014

The Minister of Revenue announced today the details of a conference to be held on 12 and 13 June which will focus on the simplification of New Zealand’s tax administration. The conference is being hosted jointly by Victoria University of Wellington, Inland Revenue and the Treasury. For more information, please see the Minister’s media statement.

15 April 2014

The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back to Parliament on the Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill which was introduced on 22 November 2013. For more information see the bill as reported back and the officials' report on submissions received.

8 April 2014

As part of the recently enacted Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Act 2014, changes have been made to the taxation of interests in foreign superannuation schemes held by New Zealand residents. For early information about the changes, see the special report which is published here in advance of comprehensive coverage of the new Act in the May edition of the Tax Information Bulletin

14 March 2014

In his address to the International Fiscal Association, the Minister of Revenue Todd McClay discussed some of the key aspects of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and also the digital economy and their implications for the tax system. For more information, please read the full speech.

13 March 2014

The financial reporting obligations for a number of medium-sized companies has been simplified following the passage of the Financial Reporting Act. An Order in Council was made this week that specifies for tax purposes the minimum financial reporting requirements for companies.

For more information, see Tax Administration (Financial Statements) Order 2014 LI 2014/69 and the media statement from Hon Craig Foss and Hon Todd McClay.


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