Tax Working Group members announced

From the Beehive:

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the members being appointed to the Government’s Tax Working Group.

“The Tax Working Group has been established to look at the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The wide range of expertise and experience among the membership means the Working Group is well placed to consider changes to make our tax system fairer,” Grant Robertson says.

Along with chair Sir Michael Cullen, the Working Group members being appointed are:

  • Professor Craig Elliffe, University of Auckland
  • Joanne Hodge, former tax partner at Bell Gully
  • Kirk Hope, Chief Executive of Business New Zealand
  • Nick Malarao, senior partner at Meredith Connell
  • Geof Nightingale, partner at PwC New Zealand
  • Robin Oliver, former Deputy Commissioner at Inland Revenue
  • Hinerangi Raumati, Chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara Inc
  • Michelle Redington, Head of Group Taxation and Insurance at Air New Zealand
  • Bill Rosenberg, Economist and Director of Policy at the CTU
  • Marjan Van Den Belt, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University of Wellington

“We’ve got a good mix of people on the Working Group – from tax experts and academics, to people with private sector, union and Maori community expertise. The Working Group is tasked with looking at how we can make our tax system fairer for all and the diversity in this team makes it well placed to do that,” Stuart Nash says.

The Tax Working Group will also look at how the tax system can promote the long-term sustainability and productivity of the economy.

“New Zealand faces significant opportunities and challenges in the future of our economy. It is prudent to start thinking now about how we respond,” Grant Robertson and Stuart Nash say.

Updates on the Group’s work will be available through its website – Its first meeting is set to be held towards the end of January 2018.

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  1. Mefrostate

     /  21st December 2017

    Reasonably balanced group of folks, I think.

    Pete, perhaps we should have a separate post to discuss the terms of reference?

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  21st December 2017

    Working group members look OK, but little to no representation for small business owners who make up the majority of the economy.
    Terms of reference seem broad but fair given this governments objectives.
    It will be interesting where the balance is drawn between ‘simple’; ‘fair’ and ‘efficient’ as capital & wealth taxes are generally seen as “fair” but are not simple and not efficient.

    • Mefrostate

       /  21st December 2017

      I think in the same way workers are represented by the CTU person, small businesses are represented by Business NZ.

  3. NOEL

     /  21st December 2017

    The said they were going to put it together and they did. Full points for sticking to their plan against all the opposition hype.
    And no Ididn’t vote for them.

    • artcroft

       /  21st December 2017

      Huh? You set a pretty low bar. The old “We’ll send it to a committee” line is hardly an example of bold action.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  21st December 2017

      This government have planned a lot of conversations and committees. You must be thrilled!

  4. PartisanZ

     /  21st December 2017

    Given that taxation could be a perfectly rational, ordinary, much simplified administrative function, rather than the massively complex political football it currently is, I would have thought the findings of Labour’s last TWG and/or National’s TWG (2010/11?) would suffice?

    National’s TWG was, IMHO, by far the least biased of any of their numerous appointed panels – because it was by far the least ‘appointed’ – although Gareth Morgan made the point that it’s ludicrous to evaluate taxation without evaluating transfer at the same time …

    This latest one is nothing but an electoral sop as far as I’m concerned … a delaying tactic pure and simple … much like National’s Constitutional Advisory Panel …

    • High Flying Duck

       /  21st December 2017

      Unfortunately there is no such thing as simple taxation. There are always loopholes and unintended consequences to deal with.
      If taxpayers were all altruistic and prepared to “pay their fair share” it may be different – but probably not, because fair is in the eye of the beholder is it not?
      This working group is looking at things a little differently than the rest, but you are correct in that it gives the government distance and something to pin u-turns and changes on.

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