Hence the need for international treaties to close international loopholes. This is a common approach to international tax issues. It will happen eventually, but it will take a long long time. There are a lot of stars to line up before that will happen and probably a lot of tiny incremental improvements along the way.
blakamin: How exactly does facebook make money in NZ? It's not like they're selling you anything.
Advertising, NZ businesses pay facebook to put adverts on their website. Not sre if businesses claim back the GST, probably not. I don't think facebook ads are particularly effective though, I know a business that spent a lot on it, and didn't get any business from it at all.
I would be all for Labour banning facebook, I can't stand the site myself and it is very much like the wild west. But I think it doesn't have that long to live, as kids are moving away from it since older people started joining, and using things like snapchat and twitter.
Ah, I'm sure there's plenty of other advertising companies that don't pay tax in NZ either.
I don't use it at all. I used to have a page for reading things that required login, but I deleted it... If it's important, it's not on facebook.
Agree with that, Facebook is only useful for keeping up to date with "virtual" friends. Since I'm not on facebook I have time to waste on Geekzone instead.
(I know time on geekzone is never wasted, we really appreciate everything freitasm... )
Cunliffe seems really good at making election bribes that some target portion of electors are supposed to go for. Hes starting to look pretty desperate though, most of the country seems happy to give up everything for facebook.
Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going ^_^
Forget the tax, the Goverment should ban Facebook (and Twitter, etc.) because it's bad for you. ;) There was an article in the New Zealand Herald a week or so ago where a study "proved" that people using social media were less happy / more depressed than those who didn't, and the more someone used social media the unhappier they got.