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The latest knowledge and insight from NZ US Tax Specialists, demonstrating our understanding of complex tax issues and challenges facing our clients.

Transactions with foreign trusts

If you’re a U.S. citizen with a foreign trust, take heed of the U.S. tax implications of having your trust. It is nigh on impossible for the trust to be treated as a separate entity for U.S. tax purposes – or that portion of the trust’s assets that you are deemed to own.

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US Tax Treatment of Employee Stock Options

Whilst New Zealand is underway with revamping its tax rules around employee share schemes, the United States has a well-defined framework for the tax treatment of such schemes, including stock options.

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Tax Policy Work Underway in New Zealand

It is interesting to observe the Inland Revenue Department’s policy programme, which is currently focussing on three key areas:
Business transformation; BEPS and international tax reform; and further improvements and enhancements to tax and social policy within the broad-base, low rate (BBLR) policy framework.

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New Zealand Tax Traps – what you need to know

If you are contemplating a move to New Zealand you need to understand the tax traps in advance. Many expatriates find themselves in a bind only after they have arrived down under, often inadvertently learning the hard way that the New Zealand tax system has teeth… or even fangs, through its taxing mechanisms.

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