Do you have a family trust? Thinking of forming one as a way to future-proof your assets for you and your children? Take note – the Trustee Act is getting a makeover. While there are still a few parliamentary hurdles to jump, now’s the time to get your head around what the new bill will mean for you and your business.
Australia has introduced goods and services tax (GST) legislation relating to ‘low value’ imported goods and services
They say an idea is all you need to start a business, but to get it on the right track from the start and generate future profit and cash flows,...
Given the importance of keeping your PAYE and GST record-keeping and payments in order, it might be tempting to think that Fringe Benefit Tax, or FBT, is a relatively minor thing.
Whether you’re starting a new business or have an established business, understanding your cash flow is one of the most important aspects of business management.
You may have heard the term ‘raving fans’. It’s a passionate subset, usually about 10-15% of your customer base, who are so in love with your business that they shout...
While New Zealand is hardly the money laundering capital of the world, we still see our share of shady activity.
The decision to raise your rates is a tricky one. But in the end it’s not the hike itself that’s important, it’s how you implement it.Netflix, for example, put its...
The minimum wage in New Zealand will have increased from $15.75 to $16.50 per hour from 1 April 2018Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, says the $0.75 rise...
You may provide company vehicles to some employees. In some cases, the vehicle is a work tool – for example, a ute for a project manager.
The Minister of Revenue has confirmed that a Supplementary Order Paper to the Taxation Bill has been introduced to extend the bright-line period from 2 to 5 years.
If you are a contractor already under schedular payment rules: You must complete the new tax rate notification form (IR330C) when you start any new job on or after 1...
The way contractors pay tax changed on 1 April, giving greater choice, and making it easier to get tax right.
Following on from last month's cash flow blog, we thought we'd go into more detail on how we approach cash flow forecasts.
Many accounting firms operate in a very similar way. You as the client operate your company, you provide your accountant with the numbers, and the accountant crunch them into viable...
Regardless of whether you’re a startup or a well-established business, the ‘cash is king’ adage will always ring true.
It’s been compulsory since 1 July last year for any new tenancy agreement to include an Insulation Statement.
If you’re applying for an ACC CoverPlus Extra policy, it’s worth noting that the policy no longer starts on the date of the application, but when you sign the offer letter.
For most business owners I have met, their business is a part of them, a part of their identity.
You need to follow the following steps when paying contractors:
If you receive income, you must pay tax. So if you have rental income, you have to pay tax on it, right?
Do you hate it when GST return time rolls around? If so, you’re in good company.
A key principle of the tax system is taxpayers should pay tax as income is earned.
Taxpayers who earn income from various sources may get caught short if they don’t plan ahead. This could come about in various ways:
Parliamentary plastic surgery is in store for the Trustee Act, to make trust law easier to access and understand.
Provisional tax and GST are due on 15 January.
Fifty years ago, farmers and others sprayed toxic chemicals onto weeds in blissful ignorance of the need for personal protective equipment.
One of the first questions business owners ask when a new government enters power is what changes, if any, are coming in the area of tax.
Changed Research and development (R&D) tax credit rules, which came into effect at the start of the 2016 income year, can help business cashflow.
Money laundering is big business in New Zealand. Every year $1.35 billion of fraud and drug related money is laundered through seemingly legitimate businesses.
The purpose of a business is to make money, and that means you have to know the difference between profit and cashflow.
Get a clear cashflow picture before third quarter.
Most of you will be aware of the latest budget announcement. Below we have outlined the key takeaways from this year's budget, including changes to the tax thresholds and an...
If you use Airbnb to provide short-term accommodation in your house in which you also live, the IRD’s “mixed-use asset (holiday home)” rules don’t apply and guests are not classed...
Are you planning a Christmas event for your clients? Is gift-giving on your to-do list?
New Zealand is a “standout nation” according to the latest Digital Evolution Index, released by Tufts University in Boston in July.
While it’s easy to think of business culture as a bit soft compared with, say, achieving sales, in fact it’s anything but.
IRD’s been working hard to be easier to do business with. As you read this, its new tax system is kicking in, giving you new and simpler ways to manage...
A tax bill passed in May made changes that affect cashflow.
If you rent out your holiday home sometimes, you may have to pay tax on that income.
Sometimes boats and aircraft are used for private and commercial purposes. In such cases, the income from their use may be liable for tax.
A threshold for reportable tax debt is now in effect, giving creditors greater protection from businesses owing debts of more than $150,000.
Minister Judith Collins recently said that correcting simple tax errors and sending that information to Inland Revenue was still largely manual and may be costing business.
Getting a job at Google is reportedly 10 times harder than getting a place at institutions like Harvard or Yale. The company employs 7000 people a year, from 3 million applicants.
From April 2018, small businesses, sole traders and contractors can choose a new pay-as-you-earn option, rather than paying provisional tax in instalments several times a year.