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New Zealand Increasing Top Personal Income Tax and Considering Introduction of DST — Orbitax Tax News & Alerts

New Zealand Inland Revenue has published the keynote address delivered by Minister of Revenue David Parker to the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference on 19 November 2020. With regard to New Zealand's current tax plans, one of the key points is the introduction of a new top personal tax rate of 39% on income over NZD 180,000 that will apply from 1 April 2021, subject to the approval of the required legislation.

Another key point concerns the taxation of the digital economy. In this regard, Minister Parker stated that the government's preference continues to be an OECD-led multilateral solution rather than a proliferation of digital services taxes (DSTs), although the government is seriously considering implementing a DST in the event the OECD project fails to reach agreement within a reasonable timeframe.