Income tax

Former IRD boss: Google Tax only sounds good but actually isn’t

The hard left want to tax everything, and especially if they are “multi-national” companies.

But they almost never think things through. It takes experts to eventually scotch their dopey ideas.

For the majority of us, paying tax is a necessary evil, but something which can’t be avoided.

So knowing huge companies like Google, Facebook and Apple dodge the taxman here seems outrageous.

But requiring them to pay income tax could do more harm than good.

They’re calling it a Google tax — a way to make the massive global companies pay tax in all the countries they operate.

In theory it sounds appealing but in reality it might not work.   Read more »

Hands up who wants a tax cuts election?

Peter Wilson at NZ Newswire thinks that next year will be a tax cuts election.

Amid confusing statements from the government one thing is clear – National will campaign on tax cuts in next year’s election, says NZ Newswire’s political writer Peter Wilson.

The cuts will either have been announced in the 2017 budget, coming into effect in April 2018, or there will be a firm promise that they’ll be in the 2018 budget.

Those are safe predictions, unless there’s another international financial meltdown.

On Thursday last week, Finance Minister Bill English put them on the back burner.

Here’s what he said: “We don’t currently have an explicit provision for tax reduction in the fiscal forecasts.

“At this point, we’ve prioritised additional debt repayment over setting aside money in budget 2017 for tax cuts.

“However, we are still committed to cutting personal taxes over time, and will consider these – either in budget 2017 or after – as and when the fiscal situation improves.”

By saying they could be considered in budget 2017, he meant that by then he might be in a position to announce his future plans.

On Monday this week Prime Minister John Key said tax cuts could be in the 2017 budget, but he didn’t seem to think they would be.   Read more »

Comrade Morgan wants rich pricks to cough up even more tax

There is only really one thing I agree with Gareth Morgan on…death to cats.

As for everything else, the man is a commie and a lunatic to boot….like his plans to tax people even more.

Economist Gareth Morgan believes New Zealand could be missing out on up to 25 percent of total income tax because the rich aren’t paying their fair share.

Morgan also told The Nation it is possible to get global corporations like Apple and Facebook to pay more tax on what they earn here.

The Government collects about $30 billion per year in income tax, but Mr Morgan says that take could be much bigger. The figures come from a soon-to-be-published report from the Morgan Foundation.

Dr Morgan says the report on New Zealand’s current tax system shows that the burden is falling on middle- and working-class families.

“There’s no free lunch here. If the rich aren’t paying their fair share, someone else has to pay more than they otherwise need to,” he says.

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Will Labour tax us even more?

Grant Robertson won’t commit to confirming whether or not Labour will go into the 2017 election with tax increases on the policy platform.

But would Labour change the tax system to help pay for its promises? And would it address wealth inequality?

“We have rule out going into the 2017 election with a capital gains tax but that doesn’t mean I think the tax system is correct or balanced. I think we can create a fairer system, particularly one that cracks down on speculation in the property market.”

Labour had gone into the last two elections promising to lift the top personal rate “and we are looking closely again at that”, he said.   Read more »

Tax Cheat Paul Staples loses his job

Tax cheat Paul Staples leaves the Manukau District Court with his wife jean Staples

JUST WHEN you thought things couldn’t get any worse for tax cheat Paul Staples, they have.

The 52-year-old former bankrupt and ex-policeman appears in the Manukau District Court on Thursday for sentencing on charges of forgery, tax evasion and knowingly providing false information to Inland Revenue – offences which carry maximum penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment.

In the meantime, Staples has suffered another setback – he’s lost his job with Panmure-based company Eastside Security Ltd.

Owner Gary Moore confirmed yesterday that Staples was no longer working for the company.

He said Staples had been dismissed immediately after he had been told about the criminal charges he was facing.

Between September 2008 and August 2011, Staples filed 27 fraudulent income tax and bogus GST returns with IRD under three different companies.

During that time he also claimed a salary as a shareholder of a company when he wasn’t one, falsified sale and purchase agreements and legal documents and registered companies when he was a bankrupt.

Inland Revenue has assessed the debt at around $320,000, but with penalties and interest it is likely to run to well over half a million dollars.   Read more »

Are differing tax brackets – based on earnings – a basic form of human rights discrimination?

We have, as most countries do, a variable tax regime. Tax is charged on personal earnings in brackets based on the gross annual income. Earn less, pay less. Earn more – pay more.

The scale looks like this:

Earn upto $14,000 and pay 10.5c tax in the dollar

$14,001 to $48,000 and pay $17.5c tax in the dollar

$48,001 to $70,000 and pay $30 c tax in the dollar

$70,001 and over pay 33c tax in the dollar

So lets take a look at what that means:

Person A: making $25,000 per annum will pay $3395 tax per annum and take home $21,605 a year (total 15.7% of income).

Person B: on $48,000 per annum will pay $7,420 tax per annum and take home $40, 580 a year (total 18.2% of income)

Person C: on $70,000 per annum will pay $14,020 (total 20% of income)

Person D: on $100,000 per annum will pay $23,920 (total 23.9% of income).

Person E: on $170,000 per annum will pay $47,020 (total 27.6% of income)

As you can see – the people on bigger incomes are paying vastly more tax. Person E on $170,000 is paying 6.3 times the amount paid by Person B on $48,000 despite earning only 3.5 times the amount of Person B.

Person D is paying 3.2 times the tax that Person B is paying despite the income being twice the amount. Person’s D and E get thumped.

During the reign of Helen Clark the top tax rate on personal income was a whopping 39% although these days its 33%. So those top two peep’s would have been paying a lot more.   Read more »

Why is it that Labour always thinks of new taxes first?

Labour never seems to think about tax cuts, or cuts to “entitlements”, instead they always look to increasing taxes or finding new taxes.

Richard Harman out lines some inside gossip that Labour are planning to tax the dead again.

Labour is looking for a replacement for its capital gains tax.

And one influential former advisor is advocating a wealth tax, particularly the return of death duties.

Instead of Bring Back the Dead…labour seem to be wanting to Bring Back Death Duties.     Read more »

Will Labour run on a Financial Transaction Tax?

Labour have a finance spokesman who has never worked in the real world, and basically has very little idea about finance.

It wouldn’t be surprising if he did what the Democrats are doing now they are in opposition, and promote a Financial Transaction Tax.

To pay for the plan, the U.S. would impose what Van Hollen called a tiny fee on market transactions, of 0.1%. A Democratic aide said the fee would apply to any buy or sell transactions, and include stocks, bonds and derivatives. The plan would also limit tax deductions on CEO pay above $1 million.

So far this type of tax has only been promoted by the looney left, in the form of the Alliance and Jim Anderton, Mana, and the Greens.

5. Financial Transaction Tax

The Green Party will:

  1. Involve New Zealand with the group of countries working to agree on a tax on international currency movements, to set up a fund to provide capital for poor countries to improve their social and environmental wellbeing. This would discourage currency speculation without being high enough to impede genuine trade.

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New study shows that ‘the rich’ don’t just pay their ‘fair share,’ they pay almost everybody’s share

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A US study has shown that the claims of the leftwing that the rich should pay even more tax as being just and fair in the world is based on lies.

They already do pay more than their fair share, in fact they pay almost everybody’s share.

[T]he major finding of the CBO report is that the households in the top income quintile are the real “net payers” of the US economy. The average household in the top one-fifth of American households by income paid $57,500 in federal taxes in 2011, received $11,000 in government transfers, and therefore made a net positive contribution of $46,500. The second-highest income quintile basically just barely covers its transfer payments, so it’s really the top 20% of “net payer” households that are financing transfer payments to the entire bottom 60% AND financing the non-financed operations of the entire federal government.

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Alex Swney charged with $2m tax evasion

Alex Swney, former head of Heart of the City appears to have been falsifying invoices and absconding from paying tax.

Predictably the long arm of the Inland Revenue has caught up with him.

Auckland’s Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney has been charged with tax evasion totalling almost $2 million.

Swney, 57, who heads the publicly funded organisation, faces 39 charges laid by the Inland Revenue Department alleging he did not pay $1.8 million in tax. Penalties of $1.4 million was also allegedly owed.

He appeared in Auckland District Court today where he denied all the charges and his lawyer David Jones, QC, did not apply for continuation of name suppression.

Mr Jones indicated the matter would progress to a judge-alone trial.

Heart of the City has income tax exemption on the basis that it was created to develop or increase amenities for the Auckland public.   Read more »

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