Tax Working Group responds to Stuff article on ‘valuation day’
Tax Working Group Chair Sir Michael Cullen says there’s no proposal under consideration that would require every New
Zealand business to obtain a professional valuation all on the same day.
The assertion is made today in a Stuff opinion column by Troy Bowker.
Sir Michael says the Group is still examining design options for an extension of tax on capital income for its final
report due in February and is looking carefully at a range of options that would minimise compliance costs.
“Any suggestion that we would deliver a recommendation that would saddle New Zealand businesses with billions of dollars
in compliance costs is absurd and is just blatant scaremongering.
“While an approach that includes assets already owned would require some valuations, the Group is not considering
options that would require every asset to be professionally valued, or all valuations to be carried out on the date that
the tax would come into force.
“Valuation issues, including options to help small and medium businesses reduce the compliance costs associated with
valuing assets, are still being considered by the Group and will form part of the final report to Government.”