Tax Working Group

The Tax Working Group operated through a series of regular meetings discussing issues challenging the tax system.

Victoria University of Wellington, through the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research, in partnership with the Treasury and Inland Revenue, coordinated the Tax Working Group (TWG) process in 2009 ending with the publication of the TWG Report in January 2010.

Against the backdrop of a challenging economic and fiscal environment and tax reviews overseas, the TWG considered the medium-term direction of the current tax system of the time and worked through the pros and cons of a variety of policy options. Through a series of regular meetings between June and November 2009, and papers prepared by officials or commissioned from tax experts, the TWG provided a forum for informed discussion of the issues.

The membership of the TWG was as follows

  • Bob Buckle, Victoria Business School (Group Chair)
  • Rob Cameron, Cameron Partners
  • Paul Dunne, KPMG
  • Arthur Grimes, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
  • Rob McLeod, Ernst & Young
  • Gareth Morgan, Gareth Morgan Investments Limited
  • Geof Nightingale, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Mike Shaw, Deloitte
  • John Shewan, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Casey Plunket, Chapman Tripp
  • John Prebble, Law School, VUW
  • Mark Weldon, NZX Limited
  • David White, Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research, VUW

Members from Inland Revenue Department

  • Matt Benge
  • David Carrigan
  • Robin Oliver

Members from the Treasury

  • Norman Gemmell
  • Michelle Harding
  • Bill Moran

In addition, experts in various areas were invited to attend some sessions

  • Len Burman, Syracuse University, New York
  • Andrew Coleman, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
  • Peter Conway, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
  • Lew Evans, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Phil O'Reilly, Business New Zealand
  • Susan St John, The University of Auckland

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