Monthly Archives October 2015

Toilet Tax Stinks, Says Motel Association Chief

October 5, 2015 New Zealand Taxation

Motels across the country are being unfairly targeted by toilet taxes which do nothing but clog up business with red tape and extra costs.

In a statement issued late last week the Motel Association of New Zealand (MANZ) called on local council in New Zealand to drop “toilet taxes”.

Currently some local councils in New Zealand levy a charge on commercial premises, with the amount to be paid based on the number of toilets within the premises.

In its statement the Motel Association claimed that the tax had a disproportionately large effect on accommodation providers, which have a far higher number of toilets compared to businesses in the hospitality industry.

Commenting on the tax, the Chief Executive of the MANZ Michael Baines called on councils to drop unnecessary taxes, and, instead, ...

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Tradies Changing Attitudes on Cash Jobs

October 1, 2015 New Zealand Taxation

Over the last three years an increasing number of tradies have come to realize that under-the-table cash jobs are tax evasion.

Tradespeople in New Zealand are taking onboard the message that they should not do cash jobs and skip out on paying their taxes, according to a new statement released on September 30th by the Inland Revenue Department.

In its statement the IRD claimed that the results of a survey carried out on over 400 tradespeople earlier this year showed that approximately 80 percent of respondents believed that they would be caught if they cheated on their taxes by accepting cash jobs.

The survey followed a trial advertising campaign run in April by the IRD which reminded tradespepople that not declaring incomes and accepting under-the-table work is a crime.

It was also sho...

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