Is it better to buy or lease a company vehicle?

If you need a car to operate your business, you may wonder whether it makes more sense to purchase or lease. On the one hand, if your business owns the car you’ll have a long-term asset and may qualify for more tax deductions. On the other hand, buying a car is a huge expense and monthly lease payments tend to be lower than car loan payments; they will also be…  Read more

The Christmas eBook

Sit back – take a rest and read our short eBook with some tips on how to avoid going insane in your business in 2018 The Christmas eBook – The Accounting Hub  Read more

Our Client from Copper Seed

Victoria Richardson is an engineer and a business woman with a little bit of Spiderman thrown in for good measure . As a Chartered Building Surveyor, Victoria’s job involves not only office-based work, report writing and client liaison, but also scaling large buildings in a single bound! Part of her work involves abseiling down the side of all types of buildings to inspect for defects or maintenance requirements. To us,…  Read more

Tips for keeping your business data secure

It’s no secret that data loss can be a costly nightmare for a small business, with recent estimates citing the total cost of data breaches exceeding $2.1 trillion by 2019. Unfortunately, cyber attackers increasingly target small businesses because they are less likely to have security protection in place. Accidental loss or loss due to a natural disaster can be just as harmful to a business, with recovery efforts and delays…  Read more

Why giving back is good for your business

If your business hasn’t made it a habit to support a good cause, here’s why you should: giving back does more than make a difference in your community. Participating in charitable activities can have a positive impact on your staff, your customers and your bottom line. Customers want to support companies that demonstrate a commitment to more than earning a profit. A 2010 study by Cone Marketing showed that 85…  Read more

Provisional tax improvements

Provisional tax improvements New legislation enacted in February substantially simplifies obligations under the provisional tax regime. Most taxpayers pay their provisional tax at three times through the course of their financial year, being the 28th day of the 5th, 9th and 13th months after their balance date. The ‘standard uplift’ method determines a person’s liability based on a prior year’s tax payable (105% for last year, or 110% for previous).…  Read more

Tips for more productive meetings

Increasing efficiency and minimizing costs are essential to running a profitable business. Yet many small business owners waste countless hours on meetings that lack focus, run on too long, and pull staff away from more productive tasks. Follow these seven tips to make your meetings more efficient and cost-effective. What’s your goal? Every meeting should have a clear objective, and a reason the meeting is needed (versus an email or…  Read more

Making life your life easier with Smart Payroll

Despite only using Smart Payroll for 5 months now, I have personally found it not only easy to use but really useful and efficient to use compared to other online payroll systems. Let’s be honest, no one really likes to worry about payroll and why should you? Using Smart Payroll has been a breeze and has made the worry go away. By cutting down the time spent on processing payments,…  Read more

Parties, Christmas and Tax

Entertainment rules over the Christmas season Let’s look at the tax treatment of saying thanks to customers and staff typically with gifts, wining and dining. Inland Revenue’s IR268 guide gives the following examples of where entertainment expenses are 50% deductible: Taking customers, suppliers and business associates out for dinner or putting on a function for them The traditional Christmas party for staff Shouting customers, suppliers and staff to an event,…  Read more

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