10 August 2017
Media Release - #2017072, 2017

New Zealand joins Australia in multinational tax crackdown

The Turnbull Government welcomes New Zealand’s decision to join Australia in tackling multinational tax avoidance.

Australia is a strong advocate for all jurisdictions to adopt these measures.

New Zealand will take action against multinationals that use artificial arrangements to avoid having a taxable presence in New Zealand.

In Australia, the Turnbull Government introduced legislation in 2015, the Multinational Anti-avoidance law (MAAL), that similarly attacks the artificial commercial structures used by multinationals to escape paying tax here.

Australia has one of the toughest, if not the toughest, anti-avoidance tax regimes in the world.

The Australian people expect all corporations to pay the right amount of tax and this includes multinational companies. Over 30 corporate groups are currently restructuring, with more to follow. Restructures completed so far have resulted in around $6.5 billion in income per annum now being included in our tax base.

The ATO’s Tax Avoidance Taskforce estimates this will lead to an additional $100 million in income tax being paid in the first year and over $300 million overall in the first four years after the MAAL came into effect. Notably, the restructuring in response to the MAAL also has had a significant impact of around $240 million in GST revenue to the end of 2016/17, to be received by the States and Territories.

The Taskforce has strengthened the ATO’s capacity to identify and crack down on not only tax avoidance by large corporates and multinationals, but also private groups and high wealth individuals. The Taskforce is estimated to generate a $3.7 billion gain to revenue over the 2016-17/2019-20 forward estimates period.

Labor opposed and voted against the Government’s MAAL. They are all talk when it comes to multinational tax. The Government is getting on with the job of ensuring multinationals pay the right amount of tax.

New Zealand has also announced a measure which makes it easier for tax authorities to deal with companies that do not co-operate with requests for information, which the Turnbull Government’s Diverted Profits Tax achieves by putting the onus on the multinational to justify its international tax arrangements.