Formative years spent as an accountant – CA – in both New Zealand and the UK. Then moved on to motherhood and studying economics before landing in Inland Revenue as a policy analyst. Found I liked the coalface more – until I didn’t. Four budgets at Treasury and now a final year back at the coal face at IRD. Am (or was) an international tax specialist. Have seen most things but will only talk about public stuff.

Currently on a gap year – having resigned from everywhere – while I work out what I am going to be when I grow up.

Not quite ready to give up tax so this blog will be my methadone programme. Posts on Monday – except when there aren’t.

Views wholly my own and absolutely NOT tax advice. Follow at your peril.

Andrea Black


11 November 2016


One response

  1. Hi Andrea
    Are the Panama/Paradise Papers are catching up with NZ?

    I’m a Kiwi with dual cit. (Dutch/NZ) and my partner is a NZer. We’ve been in Amsterdam a year and a half and are starting a small biz. We applied for a business account with ABN Amro, only to be turned down – because NZ is considered a “high risk money laundering country”. (Ironic from the Dutch, I know, haha.) Apparently this is a new rule that’s just come into force. Other countries on that list include Saudi, plus places no-one has heard of. WHAT?! It feels bad. I haven’t seen or read anything about this yet…

    PS love your blog, which I’ve just discovered – as well as SLF! Don’t get jelly, but I’m booked to see the Undertones in September! Feel free to drop me a line if you’re over this way and come and have a coffee in our new business!



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