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Donation tax credit limitation

  On 3 March 2020, Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) No 453 was introduced into Parliament. This SOP proposes a number of remedial and technical amendments to the Taxation (KiwiSaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill. One of the proposed amendments is an amendment to to s LD 3 of the Income Tax Act 2007, which … Continue reading

Expedient

Re Eliza White Board of Management considers the practical aspects of laying a scheme before the Court when a charitable trust’s purposes become “no longer possible, practicable or expedient.” While fact specific the case provides useful guidance as to the matters to traverse in such applications. References: Re Eliza White Board of Management [2019] NZHC … Continue reading

Donation tax credit clarification

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has announced that the Government will move to restrict donation tax credits and gift deductions to cash donations (including payments made by credit card or bank transfer). This announcement follows the Court of Appeal decision in CIR v Roberts that upheld a High Court decision in the same matter and ruled … Continue reading

The incredible lightness of tax of being a charity

Blind Foundation bulldozes $8m Parnell house, creates carpark is an emotive headline from the New Zealand Herald published on 27 July 2019  that highlights the disconnect between registration as a charity and the tax benefits that flow from this, and highlights the reality that registration as a charity does not obligate a charity to distribute its … Continue reading

Proper and reasonable

Until his removal in 2014 Toni Waho was a trustee of the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust (the Trust), a trust that promotes the use and retention of Te Reo.  Me Waho was removed as a trustee on grounds that he had brought the Trust into disrepute by raising matters relating to the Trust and its … Continue reading

When is it ok to ask for directions?

Two recent decisions regarding directions in the context of charitable trusts provide some useful guidance regarding the parameters of s 66 of the Trustee Act 1956.  In line with the title to this blog – the conclusion reached is that it is permissible to ask for directions if lost, but not in circumstances where you … Continue reading

Another Charitable Trust needs attention

By her will, Emma Ann O’Connor, who died in December 1937, left the residue of her estate on trust for certain specific purposes: “(a) For the repair and painting of the Waimea Catholic Church at regular intervals as may seem necessary and expedient to my said trustees; (b) In the upkeep and maintenance of the … Continue reading

The passage of time

Times change, and so do charitable purposes. The recent case of Re Otago Foundation Trust Board highlights that even a charity set up with the best of good intentions might run the risk of becoming moribund owing to societal changes. The original trust was settled under the will of Robert Campbell in 1904. It left … Continue reading

Taxation of Trusts ed 3

  The taxation of trusts is a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. The third edition of Taxation of Trusts published this week (September 2016) has been up-dated to incorporate recent case law developments and legislative amendments.  The text also considers the application of FATCA to trusts and proposed new reforms to the disclosure rules and closely … Continue reading

Who is doing what?

There are currently 27,322 registered charities in New Zealand with a combined reported annual income of $16,505 million. What is sometimes overlooked is all the people behind the scenes who make all this happen.  Making sure that everyone who makes these things happen know their responsibilities and obligations is a significant undertaking. It has been reported … Continue reading

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