Posts Tagged ‘Tax’

Church wants tax case to go to Supreme Court Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The case against 20 clergy of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa for failing to file tax returns may be heading to the Supreme Court after a motion by the defence this week. Read more Related Posts:Samoan church leaders in court on tax avoidance chargesBible in Schools case fast-tracked to High CourtArchbishop tries again to Read more

Budget harder for low income households Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The price of crude oil has risen sharply. It will increase the cost of living, joining a range of other unavoidable purchases. For households on lower incomes, the weekly budget just got much harder. It is a good time to look closely at household budgets and seek help if the budget doesn’t balance. International crude Read more

Communist tax plan upsets religious groups Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

A Communist Party plan to tax the compensation the state must pay religious groups in the Czech Republic is upsetting church leaders. Seventeen religious denominations – Christian and Jewish – are legally entitled to recover or be compensated for assets confiscated during the post-World War II Cold War. As the largest denomination, the Catholic church Read more

Reducing expenditure by 1 Billion will hurt the vulnerable Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Reducing expenditure by $1 billion per year for the next two years will limit the Government’s ability to make much-needed social investment in areas such as housing and family poverty, says Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in a written submission to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Caritas Director Julianne Hickey says the agency supports the Read more

Tax, the poverty gap and NZ Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014

At its simplest, the groundbreaking work by French economist Thomas Piketty proves no more than what we thought we already knew: the rich get richer. Whether the poor also get poorer is another matter. What would the taxi driver who took me across Beijing last year in a Toyota tricked out with three smartphones have Read more

Bishops urge G8 leaders to consider the poor Comments 0

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Catholic bishops’ conferences in the G8 nations have urged G8 leaders “to take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty, and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all”. “In a world that has made great strides in improving food production and distribution, far too many of God’s children Read more

Last Supper site to return to Catholic control? Comments 0

Friday, May 31st, 2013

A long-awaited agreement between the Vatican and Israel on the status of Church institutions in the Holy Land appears to be near finality, with Israeli sources indicating that the Cenacle in Jerusalem — on the site of the Last Supper — will return to Catholic control. The same sources say that the tax status of Read more

Labour’s Louisa Wall criticises charities’ accountability Comments 0

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Labour’s charity spokeswoman, Louisa Wall, and Christchurch charity expert Dr Michael Gousmett have criticised the lack of accountability of subsidised charitable organisations. Under the existing law charitable organisations are allowed tax relief, and receive subsidies with no public benefit test holding them to account. Gousmett says that while charities must make their financial accounts publicly Read more

Church leaders concerned about new accommodation tax regime Comments 0

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Church leaders from all denominations will be meeting Revenue Minister Peter Dunne this week to discuss a Government decision to tax clergy on the market rental of the church provided houses they lived in. Although Catholic clergy will not be affected by the change because they are not paid, a Catholic Church spokeswoman said the church was supporting the other denominations. The church Read more

New Zealand shuts down its Charities Commission Comments 0

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

While the Australian Federal Government is setting up a charity regulator in the form of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission , the New Zealand Government is shutting down its Charities Commission. A statement from the NZ Government says it has decided that its Charities Commission is unnecessary, carrying out a duplication of functions of Government, and Read more