Budget 2015: a level playing field for capital gains
A heated Auckland property market has prompted the Government to target speculators and foreign buyers in this week’s Budget announcement. A capital gains tax will be introduced on property sold within two years of purchase with exemptions.
Budget 2015: student loans – does the Government dare to act?
In Budget 2013 the Government made some initial moves to curb the rapidly growing student loan debt balloon.
Budget 2015: rock star economy approaching twilight zone – time for action
We all know the fate of aging rock stars – sometimes they rapidly descend into the twilight zone of drug dependency and depression. But what about the immediate future of our own rock star economy?
Budget 2015: are we finally moving tax into the 21st century?
A lot has been said about the cost of the business transformation project being run by Inland Revenue, and we should see an acknowledgement of the expected $1.5billion cost coming through in this year’s Budget.
Budget 2015: time for honesty in health
The time has come for some honest discussions about healthcare funding. Unfortunately, fiscal pressures mean that continuing with the old ways of funding healthcare in New Zealand will not be an option.
Budget 2015: it’s time to close the productivity gap
Why, in the last 40 years, has New Zealand’s GDP per capita slipped from being 20% above the OECD average to now being approximately 30% below? There are many contributing factors, but one of the key reasons is that as a country we are just not productive enough.
Budget 2015: Auckland housing - a little less conversation, a little more action
Depending on who you are listening to or what formula you are using, the Auckland housing market could be anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 houses short. Is this a problem? Recently even the debate has shifted on that.
Budget 2015: it’s time to end our love affair with the petrol engine
New Zealand is struggling to reach its Kyoto targets and balance its books, so any moves by the Government in Budget 2015 to support electric vehicles will go a long way to alleviate these problems.
Budget 2015: is Kiwi ingenuity in danger of becoming a distant memory?
The criteria and processes of Callaghan Innovation grants have been recently called into question by opposition MPs. Irrespective of whether Callaghan is contributing to our economy’s productivity or generating a significant ROI for every dollar granted, it’s a positive step in the right direction. The bigger issue is the actual lack of R&D and innovation activity in New Zealand businesses and our lack of presence on the world’s business stage.
Grant Thornton issues global guide to business relocation
Grant Thornton New Zealand today issued 'A global guide to business relocation', a comprehensive 138 page document covering topics of importance for any business looking to unlock growth through greater efficiencies.