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A Capital Gains Tax for New Zealand: A Comparative Study of the UK and Australian Models

Alvin Cheng (University of Waikato)
Keith Hooper (University of Waikato)
Howard Davey (University of Waikato)

Asian Review of Accounting

ISSN: 1321-7348

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

This paper discusses the designing of a capital gains tax for New Zealand. The essential question is not why such a system is needed but what type of system should be implemented. The paper ignores the political discussion of whether such a tax is necessary and concentrates on design and implementation issues. Drawing from other tax jurisdictions, chiefly the United Kingdom and Australia, this article discusses the merits of tapering relief; indexation (now frozen in Australia); specific exemptions (e.g. owner occupied property); and of re‐defining capital assets into discrete categories which may be treated differently. The aim of the study is to open up the issue of capital gains for informed discussion: how such a tax should be administered, and the possibilities and likely difficulties involved in implementing such a tax.

Citation

Cheng, A., Hooper, K. and Davey, H. (2000), "A Capital Gains Tax for New Zealand: A Comparative Study of the UK and Australian Models", Asian Review of Accounting, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 43-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb060728

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