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

31 August 2020

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7 August 2020

A special report on the tax amendments in the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act (No 2) 2020 is now available.

The Act was enacted on 6 August 2020. Coverage of the tax amendments in the new Act will be published in the September edition of the Tax Information Bulletin.

9 July 2020

A Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) to the Child Support Amendment Bill was released today by the Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Revenue. The proposed changes in the SOP would repeal child support incremental penalties and simplify the penalty write-off provisions.

For more information see the SOP, revised disclosure statement, supplementary commentary, and the supplementary analysis report.

6 July 2020

The Government has announced that the application date for the Small Business Cashflow Scheme has been extended to 31 December 2020.

See the Minister of Revenue’s media statement for more information.

26 June 2020

A Supplementary Order Paper to the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2020–21, Feasibility Expenditure, and Remedial Matters) Bill contains two measures proposed by the Government. These are:

- Amendments to simplify the administration of unclaimed money, and
- Adjustments to the threshold for an automatic write-off of tax owing for individuals.

For more information on these, see the Minister's media statement,* SOP, disclosure statement, the accompanying commentary and the regulatory impact assessment.

Tax Working Group

For the terms of reference, news, reports, and other information see the Tax Working Group's website.

Information releases

We now proactively release Cabinet papers, minutes and supporting papers for tax policy related decisions. View the latest information releases.


We’re refreshing the Tax Policy website, in line with other Inland Revenue websites.