Date posted: 9/01/2018 2 min read

Three Fellow Chartered Accountants appointed to pivotal New Zealand Tax Working Group

Chartered Accountants will have a strong voice on the Government’s Tax Working Group which will look at the structure, fairness and balance of the New Zealand tax system.

In Brief

  • Three Fellow Chartered Accountants have been appointed to a 10-member Tax Work Group to review New Zealand’s tax system
  • The Tax Working Group met for the first time in January
  • Its focus will be on making the tax system fairer

Three Fellow Chartered Accountants – Professor Craig Elliffe FCA, Geof Nightingale FCA, and Hinerangi Raumati FCA – have been appointed to the New Zealand Government’s Tax Working Group.

The first independent review of New Zealand’s tax system in eight years, the 10-member group has been established to look at the system’s structure, fairness and balance.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said “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.” 

The group, chaired by former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen, gathered for the first time in late January.

Elliffe, a professor specialising in taxation at the University of Auckland’s Law Faculty is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s National Tax Advisory Group. 

Nightingale was a member of the last tax review group which reported in 2010. He is a tax partner and Financial Advisory Services Leader for PwC New Zealand and is a member of the PwC Executive Leadership Team. He is a former chair of the Tax Advisory Group.

Raumati is chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara and a director of Te Ohu Kai Moana Portfolio Management Services.

A fourth Tax Working Group member, Michelle Redington, Head of Group Taxation and Insurance at Air New Zealand, is also a member of the CA ANZ Tax Advisory Group.

The other members of the Government’s Tax Working Group are:

  • Joanne Hodge, former Tax Partner at Bell Gully
  • Kirk Hope, Chief Executive of Business New Zealand
  • Nick Malarao, Senior Partner at Meredith Connell
  • Robin Oliver, former Deputy Commissioner at Inland Revenue
  • Bill Rosenberg, Economist and Director of Policy at the Council of Trade Unions
  • Marjan Van Den Belt, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University of Wellington.

Andrea Black CA, a tax specialist and commentator, has been appointed as independent advisor to the group.

Stuart Nash Revenue Minister

Stuart Nash Revenue Minister

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash described the group as a good mix “from tax experts and academics, to people with private sector, union and Māori 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.” 

Sir Michael said the group would be best served by being open-minded to a range of options. “We bring no preconceived views to the discussion. All ideas must stand on their own merits,” he said.

The group will make its recommendations to the Government by February 2019.

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