New Zealand


  • Service: Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 28/03/2011


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Taxmail - Earthquake tax measures announced 

Issue 2, March 2011


The Government yesterday announced a range of tax measures to help Christchurch residents and businesses affected by last month’s earthquake.


    The measures, which the Government expects to enact in May, include:


    • providing an exemption so businesses do not have to pay tax or gift duty on trading stock they have donated within four months of either the September 4 or February 22 earthquakes
    • making certain welfare contributions provided by employers tax-free, within eight weeks of either earthquake
    • granting Inland Revenue the discretion to extend statutory tax dates on a case or class-of-cases basis.
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We welcome the announcements, which will provide (some) relief for affected businesses, including those that have made contributions to their employees’ welfare in the immediate aftermath.


Overall, the measures appear to balance sympathy for those affected with appropriate controls to protect the Government’s fiscal position.


If you have any questions on the above, please speak to your usual KPMG advisor or contact:


Olive Wallis



021 535 791

John Cantin

Partner – Tax


+64 4 816 4518


Paul Dunne

Partner – Tax


+64 9 367 5991


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