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Tax policy

​Chapman Tripp comments on changes to New Zealand's tax settings.

Savings Working Group’s strategy to ‘move back from the brink’

02 February 2011

The Savings Working Group (SWG) report, released yesterday, makes grim reading. In this Brief Counsel, we look at the proposed tax changes and guess which of them might be adopted in the near term. We will discuss the SWG’s proposals to lift KiwiSaver participation rates in a companion Brief Counsel.

Way to go, Mr Key

02 December 2010

The Prime Minister’s intervention to speed the tax changes required to make New Zealand a successful financial hub (NZH 2 December, B1) was today welcomed by Chapman Tripp partners, Tim Williams and Casey Plunket.

Government delivers a bold budget

20 May 2010

Budget 2010 will be remembered for its boldness, and for stealing a march on Australia. The budget represents the biggest overhaul of the tax system since 1987 and has the capacity to – finally – wean New Zealanders off their propensity to over-invest in property. This Brief Counsel looks at the budget tax package and at the big budget numbers.

PM’s super-fund hub statement welcomed

15 February 2010

The Prime Minister’s statement that he wants New Zealand to become an "international financial hub" for managed funds was today welcomed by Chapman Tripp Partners Casey Plunket and Tim Williams.

PM lays out economic and tax reform agenda

09 February 2010

The Government is facing a strong burden of expectation from business as it enters the second year of its first term. The Prime Minister sought to address this today by laying out his Government’s reform agenda in his Statement to Parliament. This Brief Counsel provides a bullet point summary of the key policy announcements, hints and signals in the PM’s speech - including an analysis of the tax component by Tax Partner Casey Plunket who was a member of the Tax Working Group.

Tax Working Group report - a personal view

21 January 2010

The Tax Working Group Report has generally been positively received. Inevitably, some of the responses are based on first impressions or assumptions which are open to challenge. Rather than letting these go unanswered, we have attempted to provide a short list of those comments which in our view do not stand up to critical scrutiny.

A quick guide to the Tax Working Group report

20 January 2010

The Tax Working Group’s Report, released today, recommends significant changes to the tax system, which would affect most taxpayers and land owners. The fate of those recommendations now lies with the Government and will depend upon the Government’s assessment of the political climate and upon its appetite for political risk. If any changes are to be made in the current term, they are likely to be announced as part of the 2010 Budget. Chapman Tripp Tax Partner, Casey Plunket, was a member of the Working Group.

Solid progress on 0% PIR for foreign PIE investors

02 July 2009

Inland Revenue hopes to be in a position to provide conduit tax relief in the first tax bill of 2010 for overseas investors in PIEs investing offshore.

Chapman Tripp partner appointed to Tax Working Group

11 May 2009

Chapman Tripp tax partner Casey Plunket has been appointed to the Tax Working Group, established to assist the Government to consider the medium-term direction of New Zealand’s tax system, including assessing policy options.

Tax reforms under the National-led Government

18 November 2008

Tax reform was a major plank of the National Party's election campaign. Here, we set out National's tax policies and also discuss other possible tax changes which National may implement during its term of office.


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