GST on Google Payments

One small but important change that we have noticed recently is that Google has started charging GST for it’s G Suite (email, apps and storage products) and for advertising. You’ll need to revisit any rules that you have set up in Xero to make sure that you are claiming the GST on these payments. From the paperwork that we have seen it looks like this change took effect from 1…  Read more

Property restructure fish hooks

From time to time we get asked by clients about moving their rental property into a different entity. Usually when doing this, a property will be “sold” to a related party. The reasons for the request vary but usually relate to a change in the relationship of the people that own the property, a perceived tax benefit from restructuring the finance at the same time as the ownership or else…  Read more

What to do if you get audited

No business owner looks forward to a letter from the taxman requesting a closer look at the books. If you’ve received an audit letter – an official request by Inland Revenue to review your accounts and confirm your taxes have been paid to date – don’t panic. Prepare. These four steps will help you get through the process with minimal stress and the best possible outcome. Respond promptly If you file…  Read more

AIM: is it hitting the mark for provisional tax?

There has been a lot of talk in the small business marketplace about the new Provisional Tax method called the Accounting Income Method, or AIM. To recap, the AIM method has been heavily promoted by the IRD as a new way of paying provisional tax which removes some of the problems with estimation that exist with the “standard” provisional tax method. Simpler than standard provisional tax? The method was pitched…  Read more

Overseas rental properties – a tax minefield

During the course of our work with clients, we occasionally come across situations where tax issues are not well understood, and where a proactive approach to managing the tax risk can have a real positive outcome for the client. Owning a rental property overseas is one of those areas where a seemingly simple issue can lead to tax obligations that go far beyond what most people would expect. As well…  Read more

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

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). The problem is…  Read more

Parties, Christmas and Tax

It’s that time of year again when it pays to review the 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. 50% deductible entertainment expenses 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…  Read more

FAQs on company structure and minimising tax

So you’re setting up a new business or thinking about changing the way your existing business is structured… do you go for the added protection that a limited liability company provides, or do you keep things simple and operate as a sole trader or partnership with fewer tax compliance obligations? Tax expert John Shewan, formerly of Price Waterhouse Cooper, gives advice on structuring your business to minimise tax and meet…  Read more

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