Tax

We offer comprehensive direct and indirect tax services, including Goods and Services Tax and expert disputes and litigation advice, to domestic and international corporate entities and individuals.

Our team is client-focused in its approach and has a track record of achieving excellent outcomes for clients. We continue to be ranked in the top tier of global directories including Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, World Tax and World Transfer Pricing.

Our tax team provides tax advice on all tax-related matters including:

  • the establishment of operating structures in New Zealand, including companies, New Zealand branches, limited and general partnerships, joint ventures and trusts,
  • share and asset acquisitions and divestments,
  • corporate restructurings and capital repatriations,
  • capital raising,

Work highlights

General tax

Fletcher Building sale of Pacific Steel Group
Acted for Fletcher Building on all New Zealand tax aspects of the sale of the downstream long-products rolling and marketing operations of Pacific Steel Group to BlueScope Steel.

Public private partnerships (PPPs)
Advised the New Zealand Treasury (through the National Infrastructure Unit) in connection with their model form of project agreement for PPPs. Subsequently advised NZ Transport Agency, Ministry of Education, Department of Corrections on the indirect tax aspects associated with a number of PPPs.

Bell Gully's tax team was recognised at the ITR Asia Tax Awards 2020, winning New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year and an Impact Case of the Year award for the sale of Vodafone New Zealand Limited. In 2019, the firm won a Regional Impact Case of the Year award for their tax avoidance and interest deductions work in Frucor Suntory New Zealand vs CIR.