I would like to highlight some of these decisions in a series of brief letters starting with this one:
A law was enacted to pursue taxation on New Zealand-paid pensions together with a back tax component. The threshold for earnings before taxation was set at $11,000.
Grey Power asked that this threshold be amended to $14,000 so that taxes would not be payable. Government ignored all pleas and protest marches.
In addition, the various bank organisations in Cook Islands were instructed (by law) to deduct penalties from pensioners’ NZ payments before deposits were made to individual accounts.
This practice is still being pursued without customer approval.
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