New tax laws on employee travel from April 1

Sourced Content The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has issued an Operational Statement (OS 19/05) to clarify and simplify the tax rules around employer-provided travel to distant workplaces; for example, a person who works in Wellington but lives in Auckland, or who may travel greater distances in working from home or at multiple workplaces. Uncertainty over liability IRD said that it…

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Faafoi admits ‘doing the dumb immigration thing’

Faafoi admits ‘doing the dumb immigration thing’

But he will keep his ministerial portfolios Craig McCulloch Cabinet minister Kris Faafoi has apologised to the Prime Minister for his messages to Jason Kerrison regarding an immigration case, but will not lose his job. Mr Faafoi is in hot water after Newshub published messages between him and the Opshop frontman, discussing the musician’s step-father’s declined immigration case. The messages show Mr…

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New guidelines on Relationship Visas issued

New guidelines on Relationship Visas issued

Many declined applications being reconsidered Venkat Raman The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has issued new guidance to Immigration New Zealand staff on assessing various types of visa applications that involve a relationship component. This would include how to assess temporary bona fide requirements. These guidelines follow the recent changes to the ‘Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa Category.’…

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Ardern assures Indian community of fair play

Ardern assures Indian community of fair play

Venkat Raman The Labour Party and the Government values the contributions of the Indian community, there will no discrimination under its governance and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has been instructed to revert to the erstwhile practice of fair assessment of partnership visas. That was the message conveyed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during her meeting with community leaders at her…

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Official attitude should change with Immigration rules

Official attitude should change with Immigration rules

Alastair McClymont When immigration New Zealand (INZ) reinterpreted immigration instructions, resulting in a mass decline of offshore partnership visas, many of who were from India, Immigration Minister stepped and  announced, “I have fixed this.” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week announced that her expectations would be that INZ return to the status quo. Amendment issued On Tuesday, November 19, 2019,…

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