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Tax Policy

PUBLISHED 12 December 2001

Closing date for bill submissions announced

Parliament's Finance and Expenditure Committee has set 15 February as the closing date for submissions on the Taxation (Relief, Refunds and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. The bill passed its first reading in Parliament last night and was referred to the select committee for consideration. For information on the submission process see the committee's media release.

The bill is available here in PDF format and in hardcopy at Bennett's Government Bookshops. For more information on the bill see our 86-page commentary on the bill.


Taxation (Relief, Refunds and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is inviting public submissions on the Taxation (Relief, Refunds and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2002.

The bill contains provisions to give the Inland Revenue Department greater flexibility in dealing with taxpayers' debt problems. These changes were introduced in response to concerns about taxpayer debt expressed by the Finance and Expenditure Committee in a 1999 inquiry into the power and operations of the Inland Revenue Department.

The bill also introduces new rules for the transfer of overpaid tax; prevents the over-taxation of unit trusts; closes certain loopholes in tax law relating to unit trusts and petroleum mining; clarifies issues regarding holiday pay tax when businesses are sold; clarifies the law allowing charities and other non-profit bodies to claim GST refunds on activities; and contains further provisions to simplify the tax system and reduce compliance costs.

Copies of the bill can be purchased from Bennetts Government Bookshops.

The committee requires 25 copies of each submission. Those wishing to include any information of a private or personal nature in a submission should first discuss this with the clerk of the committee, as submissions are usually released to the public by the committee. Those wishing to appear before the committee to speak to their submissions should state this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. For further guidance on making a submission, our publication Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee can be found on our web site at

Submissions should be addressed as follows:

Julian Kersey
Finance and Expenditure Committee Secretariat
Parliament House

Contact for further details:

Mark Peck (Chairperson) on (04) 471 9999
Julian Kersey on (04) 471 9538 or [email protected]