9 Feb 2011

Simpler tax rules on businesses' election wish-list

8:47 am on 9 February 2011

Accounting software firm MYOB says business owners want to hear election promises to cut red tape and simplify tax processes.

MYOB surveyed 1000 business owners on a range of possible policies in the run-up November's general election.

It found 74% in favour of simplifying provisional tax rules.

General manager Julian Smith says the most surprising finding was that 42% were in favour of a common economic zone and currency.

He says business owners are keen to debate greater trans-Tasman unity in the run-up to the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's visit to New Zealand next week.