As part of Tax Management NZ’s on-going commitment to the New Zealand tax community, it’s my pleasure to draw your attention to a significant tax policy initiative.
At a meeting of the International Fiscal Association in Wellington yesterday, the Minister of Revenue Hon Peter Dunne launched a new scholarship programme aimed at encouraging leadership in New Zealand tax policy.
The programme will provide grants for tax policy-related study overseas and expert lecture visits to New Zealand.
The Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarships are being funded by Tax Management NZ.
In announcing the Scholarships Mr Dunne said, “The Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarships are an exciting development that will be keenly sought after and will help to keep New Zealand at the leading edge of tax policy thinking and development.”
The Awards are named after Robin Oliver who worked for The Treasury and Inland Revenue from 1981 to 2011. During that time he led significant tax policy development including: The International Tax Regime; reform of savings and investment tax rules; life insurance tax reform; company tax reform and imputation; a significant extension to New Zealand’s Tax Treaty Network; and introduction of the Generic Tax Policy Process.
Also forming part of the scholarship programme will be The Tax Policy Lecture Visit which will see a leading international thinker on tax policy brought to New Zealand. The initial visiting lecturer will be Alan Auerbach from the USA.
A selection panel comprising: The Commissioner of Inland Revenue; a representative for The Treasury; a leading tax practitioner, John Shewan; the Chair of the NZICA Tax Advisory Group, Paul Dunne; and the Director of The New Zealand Initiative, Oliver Hartwich will decide on who recipients of the Scholarship Award will be, as well as visiting lecturers. The Scholarship application process and selection criteria will be announced early next year.
Prior to our time at Tax Management NZ, both Ian Kuperus and I started our careers with Inland Revenue, before moving into roles with major New Zealand corporates. Between us we have accumulated over 25 years’ service on the NZICA Tax Advisory Group, giving us extensive experience of the importance of the work that the tax community does with Inland Revenue and Treasury in the tax policy area.
From Tax Management NZ’s perspective, it’s great to be part of an initiative that will help to promote excellence and leadership within the New Zealand tax policy arena. This scholarship will help to acknowledge and extend the important contribution that people working in this area make to the New Zealand tax system, and to our country as a whole.
Chris Cunniffe, Chief Executive Officer