The do’s and don’ts of claiming home office expenses

Sssshhh, can you hear that? That’s the sounds of the home office a.k.a mega productivity, peace and quiet, comfort and silence! Home (office) is where the heart is Studies show remote or home-based workers are more productive, better for the environment (no travel emissions), are happier and healthier (have less sick days and less time off) and churn out quality work because it is nice and quiet and un-interrupted. Best…  Read more

Property investors: ringfencing of rental losses now in place

In an effort to level the playing field between property speculators/investors and home buyers, speculators and investors are no longer able to offset tax losses from their residential properties against their other income (eg salary or wages, or business income) to reduce their income tax liability. This legislation is known as ring-fencing of rental losses. The new rules limit a person’s deductions for expenditure incurred in relation to residential land…  Read more

Managing your small business finances 101

If you run your own enterprise, there’s a good chance that going into business had a lot to do with money. But once you’re actually in business, finances can pretty quickly become overwhelming. So grab a notebook, and set aside a couple of minutes, because we’re starting with basics and breaking down everything you need to know. Here’s our Small Business Finance Management 101! Step one: know why finances matter!…  Read more

Latest stage of Inland Revenue’s tax system upgrade

In what was one of the largest data migrations undertaken by any government agency in New Zealand, around 20 million income tax records, representing around $5 billion in financial transactions, were moved from Inland Revenue’s legacy software to a new system during a seven day shutdown over Easter 2019. Inland Revenue began rolling out its business transformation programme in stages two years ago. The latest upgrade during Easter 2019, was…  Read more

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

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