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The Amazon tax

20 November 2017

Last week there were claims by a member of the new Labour-led government that NZ would be following Australia's lead and introducing an "Amazon tax".

What is that?

Well here in NZ it's the "Netflix Tax"... a diktat by government that overseas companies who sell more than the minimum threshold worth of products or services in to NZ must act as unpaid tax collectors.

Here in NZ it's called the "Netflix tax" because Netflix is one of the very few companies who have agreed to collect GST on their NZ sales and forward that money to the IRD, so as to keep the peace.

Now I get *very* annoyed when I hear an NZ government claiming that they want to force all overseas companies to act as unpaid tax collectors for them in the area of GST and I'll tell you why.

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Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

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