Hon Stuart Nash
Minister of Revenue
7 December 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT
Multinationals tax legislation introduced
Legislation just introduced to Parliament will prevent multinationals from avoiding tax by shifting profits out of New
Zealand, Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said today. The legislation also reflects an important objective of the Labour New
Zealand First Coalition Agreement.
“Some multinationals use aggressive strategies to pay little or no tax anywhere in the world. This is known as base
erosion profit shifting, or BEPS, and is a massive problem. It denies a country its taxation revenue and erodes
confidence in the fairness of the tax system. Inland Revenue estimates the new measures could raise approximately $200
million per annum.”
“I am very pleased to introduce legislation that will introduce fairness and equity back into the tax system. New
Zealanders expect every company to pay its share of tax, no matter how big or powerful that company may be,” said Mr
The Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill contains measures aimed at preventing multinationals
from achieving a tax advantage through:
• artificially high interest rates on loans from related parties to shift profits out of New Zealand
• hybrid mismatch arrangements that exploit differences between countries’ tax rules
• artificial arrangements to avoid having a taxable presence in New Zealand; and
• related-party transactions to shift profits to offshore group members.
“The proposed new rules will be an effective response to current avoidance techniques, but are not the end of the story.
The Government will continue to investigate further options, both legislative and administrative, to counter aggressive
“Multinational companies are a welcome part of our economy but they must abide by the rules. They must pay their fair
share of tax,” Mr Nash says.
The legislation is expected to have its First Reading on Tuesday 12 December.