ITR Global Tax 50 2022: David Parker
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: David Parker

Minister of Revenue, New Zealand

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New Zealand has been an innovator in tax. In recent years, it was at the forefront of developing a model for taxing remote services. This legislation was imitated by the EU.

Earlier this year, David Parker’s Inland Revenue proposed a bill to radically change the way goods and services tax (GST) is applied on gig economy firms, potentially setting a trend for tax authorities worldwide. The measure aims to extend the scope of GST to ride-sharing, delivery, and accommodation service providers on online marketplaces.

Parker has led a tax authority that has punched well above the relative size of its country’s population – approximately 5.1 million inhabitants – and which in many ways has become a model office.

But one could be forgiven for thinking that Parker’s success in politics is due to a long career in the field. In fact, Parker cut his teeth in business and law as a managing and litigation partner at law firm Anderson Lloyd in the South Island in New Zealand.

As an experienced CEO and company director, he has been involved in a range of businesses, including innovative biotech export start-ups and more traditional industries.

It was this mix of law and business that saw Parker appointed to cabinet in 2005.

Since then, he has served in a number of roles: attorney-general; minister of energy; minister of climate change issues; minister of transport; minister of revenue; minister of environment; minister of state services; minister of land information; associate minister of finance; and minister of oceans and fisheries.

As revenue minister, Parker continues to drive a progressive tax agenda.

Inland Revenue is pressing ahead with measures to digitise GST invoices. While other countries move towards implementing e-invoicing, New Zealand is looking to move compliance beyond e-invoicing by enabling the tax authority to access taxpayers’ transactions records to support companies’ GST returns.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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