Tax compliance: how to have a happy relationship with IRD

There’s no two ways about it; if you run a business, then you might as well embrace your relationship with Inland Revenue as it’s not going anywhere! Whether you’re in the retail sector, or professional services, what will help this relationship from spiraling is the same: IRD like to see clear-cut systems around record keeping that remove room for error and miscalculation. Easy, right…? What are ‘business systems’? When we…  Read more

Fast facts on the temporary loss carry-back scheme

If you’re a New Zealand business that has been affected by the economic volatility which COVID-19 has brought, you may have already heard about the COVID19 temporary loss carry back scheme which the New Zealand government rolled out in the week beginning 27 April. This bill has been developed to take the financial strain off businesses who may have large amounts of tax to pay, but expect to, or are…  Read more

Rebuilding: latest COVID-19 business support & initiatives

With Alert Level 2 underway and most businesses now able to cautiously reopen, we are preparing for the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis: rebuilding. The Rebuilding Together Budget 2020 released last week, along with other government initiatives, have given businesses some financial and practical support for the coming weeks and months. We take a quick look at some of these. Wage subsidy extension The wage subsidy extension will be…  Read more

Starting Strong: Getting Tax Right In Your First Year Of Business

Finding your feet in the first year of business can seem like an ever-evolving task list, but tax is one thing to get ticked off quickly. Instead of waiting for your tax situation to snowball with a surprising result come end of financial year, take the time to jump on that tax learning curve. You might be pleasantly surprised to find it’s a relatively simple task once you’re in the…  Read more

What’s new for non profits: tax changes 

It’s now been almost ten years since the maximum limit on tax credit for donations was removed, and in this time donor concessions in New Zealand have increased from 100 million per year to over 280 million per year! Inland Revenue has recently made some important changes to the Taxation Act for non profit organisations to ensure the tax rules address this increase, coming into effect this year.  We recommend…  Read more

Going solo: starting out as a sole trader

Flexibility and self-management…the appeal is real. In fact, approximately 70% of enterprises within New Zealand are sole traders. It’s easy to understand why – no more worrying about applying for holiday leave, pushing for a much deserved pay rise, or being subject to painful small talk around the coffee machine. Instead, the main person you’re checking in with is…yourself! For some, becoming a sole trader is a win-win situation.   Is…  Read more

New to New Zealand? Here’re your facts on tax residency

There is nothing quite like moving overseas to send your ‘life admin’ skyrocketing. Many of our clients have relocated here to New Zealand from all over the world – UK, Australia, India, China, Canada and even Hungary – and are making the most of the NZ small business lifestyle by setting up as a contractor, or starting their own business venture. And when you throw a business in the mix,…  Read more

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

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