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From: Caroline Evans

Dear Minister of Revenue,
I would like to know the names of the tax avoiding companies that have avoided paying the normal company tax in the last tax year in New Zealand .

I would like to know the procedure used for setting up and maintaining an offshore account, as NZ is a tax haven, as evidenced in the Panama Papers.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Evans

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From: M Woodhouse
Minister of Revenue



Dear correspondent,

On behalf of Hon Michael Woodhouse thank you for your email.

While your message is important, and will be carefully read and
considered, it is not possible to provide a personal response to every
email which is received. 

Where the Minister has portfolio responsibility for the issues that you
have raised, your correspondence will be considered and responded to where
appropriate.

Kind regards,
Office of Hon Michael Woodhouse 
4.5R Executive Wing,  Parliament Buildings, Wellington | Tel 04 817 6836 |

 

 

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From: M Woodhouse
Minister of Revenue

Dear Ms Evans

On behalf of Hon Michael Woodhouse, Minister of Revenue, I acknowledge your request under the Official Information Act 1982 regarding:

1. I would like to know the names of the tax avoiding companies that have avoided paying the normal company tax in the last tax year in New Zealand
2. I would like to know the procedure used for setting up and maintaining an offshore account, as NZ is a tax haven, as evidenced in the Panama Papers.

Your request was received in this office on 6 April 2016.

The information you have requested is not held by this office, but is likely to be held by Inland Revenue.
Therefore I am transferring your request under section 14(b)(i) of the Official Information Act 1982 to Inland Revenue for consideration.

Yours sincerely

Office of Hon Michael Woodhouse │ Minister of Revenue │ Parliament Buildings │ Wellington

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From: Commissioners Correspondence

Good afternoon Ms Evans,

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act request which was transferred
to Inland Revenue on 6 April 2016. You requested:

 

1. I would like to know the names of the tax avoiding companies that have
avoided paying the normal company tax in the last tax year in New Zealand
2. I would like to know the procedure used for setting up and maintaining
an offshore account, as NZ is a tax haven, as evidenced in the Panama
Papers.

 

The wording of your current request means that I am unlikely to be able to
provide you with any information. This is because the secrecy provisions
contained in section 81 of the Tax Administration Act 1994 prevent Inland
Revenue from releasing information relating to individual tax payers. As
such, I will be unable to provide you with the information you have
requested in the first part of your request. I also need to clarify the
information you are requesting in the second part of your request.

 

If possible, can you please provide me with an appropriate telephone
number to call you so I can assist you with making a request that will
enable us to provide you with the information you are looking for. I will
be more than happy to email you following our discussion to have a written
record of the conversation. You can contact me by email at
[email address].

Thank you,

Josh Driscoll | Ministerial Advisor, Govt & Exec Services | Stakeholder
Relations |

 

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Good morning Ms Evans,

 

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act request
which was received on 6 April 2016.

 

Thank you,

 

Christina Goodall

Manager, Government and Executive Services

 

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