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IRD Failed at tax Evasion Prosecution

April 3, 2009 New Zealand Taxation  No comments

The Inland Revenue Department has lost a significant court case, in which it was prosecuting two doctors for tax evasion.

The case has been followed and monitored closely by members of the media and general business world as it is believed that the result will set a strong precedent for tax law interpretation, especially for small and medium enterprise businesses.

The trial revolved around two Christchurch based doctors Ian Penny and Gary Hooper. The pair worked in both the public sector and for their personal practices. Subsequently, from their private practices, the doctors only paid out a portion of the earnings garnered. As such they were subject to only 33% tax as opposed to 39% if it were all to be personal salary.

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) contends that this arrangement ...

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