Progressives Business Tax

What is Progressives Business Tax (PBT)
First of all the Progressives Business Tax (PBT) is not a new tax and I am not looking at the subject of GST. PBT would only replace the current business flat tax of 28%.
I ask you does it seem fair that your local coffee shop has the same tax rate as Starbucks and given the Starbuck will have some really good Accountants it is likely Starbuck will effectively be paying a lot less.
If you add up all of the small coffee shops in New Zealand and then look again at Starbucks who employs more people in New Zealand the small guys come on top. The facts are that small to medium business employ around 70% of New Zealanders.
but small to medium business have to pay the same flat tax as large companies, this system is not only unfair to some business but it could be counterproductive to our local economic growth. So let’s look at the numbers first the top business tax rate under PBT should not be higher than the current tax rate of 28%. So what does the PBT model looks like? Small businesses (SB) would pay around 24% medium businesses (MB) would pay 26% and large companies (LC) would pay an unchanged tax rate of 28%.We could even have a sole trader tax say tax-free for the first $10,000 then around 15% until the sole trader hits let’s 80 of the minimum wage. but that is something to talk about some other day.

Most of the people I have talked to about the PBT model. Say how you define a small business and medium business form big business and is PBT and the government picking winners and losers in the free-market. well, this is a work in progress, and we have to start somewhere so first of all, let’s work out what’s the difference between SB, MB and LC and how do we make sure all businesses are paying their tax obligations in full

Sole Trader or Freelance
We could even have a sole trader tax say tax-free for the first $10,000 then around 15% until the sole trader hits let’s 80 of the minimum wage. but that is something to talk about some other day.
Small Business (SB)
The tax rate is 24% but what is an SB under PBT system. SB would be classified as a business that makes less than one million in turnover in a financial year and has less than twenty counted full time or part time employees once an SB exceeds the turnover or counted employees. The SB will have one financial year to prepare for the new tax rate and their new business classification as an MB
Medium Business (MB)
The tax rate is 26% but what is a MB under PBT. MB is classified as a business that makes less than Seven million in turnover in a financial year and a business that has more than twenty counted employees but no more the one hounded full time or part time counted employees. Once an MB has more than Seven million in turnover in a financial year or exceeds one-hundred counted employees. The MB will have one financial year to prepare the new for the new tax rate and their new business classification.
Large Companies (LC)
The tax rate is 28% but what is a LC under PBT. An LC  is a business that makes more than Seven million in turnover in a financial year or has more than one-hounded counted employees. Also, all overseas companies operating in New Zealand will be classified as LC no matter how much they make in the turnover or the amount of counted employees in employment with the LC’s. The LC will have no limits on counted employees or how much profit can make  LC’s will pay no more business tax under PBT. Another question is what happens if an LC or MB makes less than the minimum stated turnover above under the listed in its classification what would happen. The business will be moved to meet its new classification also if a.
What is a counted employee?
I would look at a point system let’s say a full-time employee is worth 100 and a part-time employee would be 50 and this could be changed depending on the hours worked. Employees that are not counted by PBT are an independent contractor, temp casual staff, and internships/apprenticeships, work training work experience, business owners, and board of directors or people.Something to note is we need to encourage business to invest and employ people so the issue of counted employees and overall how to classified our business will need to be looked into and decisions will need to be made based on evidence and positive effect on business and our social community

Big Question


42-10.pngNow for the big question is PBT picking winners and loser in the free-market, do we have the right to change the rules of the free-market. Do we have the right to give SB’s and MB’s an effective tax cut and help them grow their market share? That could be the experience and point of view of LC’s. I think the question needs to be asked How do we want our economy to look what type of New Zealand do we want to live in.
if a Progressives Income tax is good enough for you and me at home why don’t we have the same for our business.
By Balarama Lauder



We need With houlding Tax Reform



Right now there are many low-income Kiwis that working on 100% commission jobs, these are often low paid commission jobs like selling Power, Sky TV door to door or those people you see collecting for charities and these hard working kiwis need a break, right now these kiwis are being overtaxed in some cases upwards of 35% often meaning they are earning less than minimum wage week after week.

meany of us will be saying this is just part of the game of sales and welcome to life and no one said it is supposed to be easy, yes that is right some weeks you could be earning $700 and some weeks only $200 and sometimes much less. Now this is not an attack on companies use 100% commission workers it is a good way company can start up and slowing take on waged workers. This is just a look a reality and a recommendation that the government can do to help thousands that work as commissions agents and businesses so let’s look at the facts.

Meany workers (IC) will work and do work for well below minimum wage the reality is if the Government lowers withholding tax this will help thousands of Kiwi workers (IC) and businesses. Theses workers (IC) often have no safety net, no unions or Withholding for the government.

This is a step the Government can take to help thousands of Kiwis at little cost to the IRD. Let’s stop putting the ambulance at the bottom cliff and start helping people before they are forced in the working poor.

New Zealand Needs Special Economic Zone

We know New Zealand needs to be more productive we need more overseas investment, in housing supply jobs and business,  we also need economic diversification away from our over-reliance on the primary sectors such as beef and dairy. To do this we need to set up special economic zones to encourage overseas investment kick to start growth in our regions and help solve Auckland’s Housing crisis I think the Government and our parties on the left and right need to be a bit more proactive in the area of economic planning.


I am a fan of setting up a limited special economic zones in parts of New Zealand to support growth in the regions provide much-needed jobs and opportunity to locals and businesses,  with a final TPP agreement ready to be signed and with the FTA with China, New Zealand is in  a special portions to take advantage of both markets in the east and west,  should and need to capitalise on both these markets and set up the  New Zealand special economic zones.

At the same time, there needs to have some overwatch so international companies don’t miss you use this policy and the special economic zones. This is where parties from all sides of the House need to find a way to work together for a long-term unified economic policy or we will never get past the same old routine of spend cut and promise every three years.


Special economic zones may be needed across NZ 

Credit to: Act Party NZ DAVID SEYMOUR

A New Zealand Initiative report on special economic zones (SEZ) has been welcomed by ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Letting local authorities opt in or out of certain policy settings could provide a low-risk alternative to the one-size-fits-all regulatory approach. Read more

Laisvoji Economic Zone 

The Laisvoji Economic Zone is a Lithuanian free economic zone and an example for New Zealand to Look at:



New Zealand Initiative

Credit to: NZ Initiative

Top Key Points of the NZ Initiative Report;

  • Special Economic Zones (SEZs) could provide New Zealand’s cities and regions with the policy tools to pursue growth and a greater financial stake in the benefits of growth. The approach can allow Auckland to solve its housing crisis, allow regions to find the solutions that work for them, and end much of the current adversarial relationship between central and local government.
  • Localized policies are suited to local conditions, cost less, and are easier to revert. They can act as case studies for other areas, demonstrating what works.
  • China’s Shenzhen SEZ has proven to be a spectacular success and showcases the possibilities of a SEZ. Shenzhen itself was partially inspired by Hong Kong’s example. Innovations developed in Shenzhen spread outward, benefitting broader regions.
  • SEZs are not economic concession zones, where governments seek to direct investment to particular areas through tax or regulatory concessions. Reforms applied in any SEZ should be available to any other district or regional council requesting them. SEZs can work well in recognizing regional differences and testing reforms; concession areas are less well supported.

To read the full Report click here




Free Personal Tax Retune



So everyone loves free money and one way to get yourself on some of the sweet free money. is to apply for a Tax Refund at the end of every financial year, most Kiwis working full time on average will get back about $400 per year and you can apply going back 5 years. So how can we do this we have all seen the stories are the mall and adds on TV but some of that business can charge you anywhere from $50 to $150 sometimes more.

I am here to tell you a no bull easy way to keep 100% on your own money, I will be doing myself out of some business and I won’t be too popular with my accountant friends, but everyone should be doing this after all it is your money.

Your will need to be

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  • filed a tax return (your boss will do this for you)

What do I need

  • IRD number
  • sign up to a My IR Account
  • Bank account number
  1. So the first thing you will need is to create a
  2. MyIR Account this can be done here then once this is done you will need to add you Bank Account to your my Details page.  (only once(
  3. Then you need to call the IRD 0800 775 247 and say “Income Tax” the then will ask you for your IRD number my advice is to say “I don’t have it” as then you will put through to a real person and then they will confirm your IRD number and personal details.
  4. then you want to ask for a personal tax summary and a tax refund, the people over at the IRD are they to help and answer any question you have.


Useful IRD links

Tax Refunds information


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