Labour’s hypocrisy in going after tax dodgers

As we blogged earlier the Labour party is mounting a campaign to go after tax dodgers.

Instead of shrugging, John Key should immediately be doing three things:

  • Stop New Zealand being used as a tax haven;
  • Stop multinationals dodging the tax they owe here;
  • Urgently launch a full Parliamentary inquiry into tax dodging in New Zealand.

John Key’s doing his best to protect the mega-rich.
But we can force him to take action.

CLICK HERE TO FORCE ACTION ON TAX DODGING NOW

Together, let’s make John Key do more than shrug,

Labour Campaigns Team

Andrew Little seems to know a great deal about tax dodging. He should of course because his Chief of Staff presumably is advising him of all the ways he managed to dodge tax.

Inland Revenue is chasing unionist Matt McCarten’s Unite Support Services for $150,750 in unpaid taxes after the department forced the company into liquidation last month.

McCarten’s vehicle, which supplied administrative support services to the youth-orientated union Unite, was put into liquidation by a High Court order last month after the IRD pursued it for “failure to provide for taxation,” according to the first liquidator’s report.

The Official Assignee rated the prospect of a dividend as “unlikely,” and is looking into the company’s possible interest in an Onehunga building lease, the report said.

The liquidator will contact McCarten to verify Unite Support Services’ interest in the building, which may have outstanding arrears owed on the lease.

IRD is seeking almost $4000 costs, $97,000 in a preferential claim and a further $49,800 as an unsecured creditor with proof of debt.

The Unite union assigned an interest in a lease and the provision of educational activities to McCarten’s company, according to its 2009 financial statements, the latest lodged with the Companies Office. The union has the right to take action against McCarten’s company if there’s a default on the lease agreement.

The union ran afoul of the IRD after failing to pay tax on revenue accrued between October 2007 and March 2009. After racking up $134,000 in unpaid tax, it agreed to repay that at a rate of $8000 a month.

The company reported a net deficit of $33,700 in the 2009 year and made a loss of $15,500 the year before.

Unite union recognised Unite Support Services as a related party, but didn’t pay any charges for its services in the 2009 year.

When it comes to tax dodging Labour can rely upon the expert advice of Matt McCarten.

 

– Fairfax, Labour party


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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