Pan Tax for New Plymouth

iStock_000011217808-toiletsOf all the weird and wonderful taxes imposed around the world, it was surprising to find one in our own backyard.

New Plymouth sports clubs pay tax on the number of toilets they have. This ‘pan tax’ is imposed by the council and is effectively a sewer charge.

The problem is that sport clubs have limited cash flow and are struggling to meet their liability. According to media reports, the pan tax is often one of the biggest expenses incurred by clubs, and members believe it is not a fair expense. “People already pay pan tax at home. It doesn’t matter if you are going at home or at the club, you’ve already paid for it,” said a local club member. Club calls to flush this tax down the drain have resulted in the Council reviewing the tax in their latest public consultation document.

Published Winter 2015.

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