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Jedis Denied Tax-Free Status

September 29, 2015 New Zealand Taxation

A submission to grant tax-free charitable status to a group claiming to be Jedis has been denied, as the “religion” is not cogent and does not advance spiritual improvement.

In a recent decision the Charities Registration Board of the Department of Internal Affairs opted to deny granting charitable status to Jedi Society Incorporated, a group claiming to stand for the religion of the Jedi.

The Board claimed that the Jedi religion was not “…sufficiently structured, cogent or serious to advance religion; nor to advance moral or spiritual improvement in a charitable manner.”

Commenting on the results of the application Anthony Bremner, a member of the New Zealand Jedi Society’s Jedi Council, said that the notes provided by the Department of Internal Affairs regarding the application would...

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Tax Policy Update from Speech

May 20, 2009 New Zealand Taxation  No comments

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne gave a speech on the 15th of May, updating the government’s tax policies.

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne gave a speech to the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in Masterton. He addressed the current state of the economy as an opening for his update of the government’s current tax policy plans.

Peter Dunne restated his plans to instate a 30% tax alignment policy between company, top personal and trustee tax. Although he did say that this currently limited to a medium term plan on account of the Government’s financial position, unless an unexpected and large financial turnabout occurs.
He mentioned the Income splitting bill, which is scheduled to be introduced in 2010...

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PM Encourage Tax Cut Donations

March 20, 2009 New Zealand Taxation  No comments

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has suggested that if people are in a position to, that they donate their upcoming tax cuts to charity.

In an effort to foster what he calls an “American giving culture”, Prime Minister John Key has said that those who could not bring themselves to spend the new tax cuts, or are otherwise unlikely to need it survive, should consider donating it to charity. He also pointed to a figure claiming that almost 60% of those donating in any given year are likely to not know about the tax rebate that they are automatically entitled to.

While at the moment only a third of what you donate to charity can be claimed as a tax rebate, there have been other suggestions surfacing in regards to possible new rebates...

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