Articles by Matthew Gilligan
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Many of our clients come to us because they are not getting advice or they are not satisfied with advice they are receiving from other accountants.  In recent times the tax changes introduced by the National Government regarding property investors have created quite a stir and presented some challenges to investors in regard to making a decision as to whether to (a) convert their LAQC (Loss Attributing Qualifying Company) to a Look Through Company (LTC); (b) remain a QC (ie LAQC without ability to attribute losses); (c) revert to "ordinary" company status; or (d) migrate out of the company into individual ownership of the assets.  ... Read Article

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On 1 April 2011 new GST rules came into force.  Perhaps the change of most significance to many of our clients are the new rules around zero rating of land transactions.  These rules were brought in to address concerns the Government had about GST leakage where land was being sold from one GST registered party to another, with the GST registered purchaser making a GST claim that was funded by the IRD, only for the GST registered vendor to turn out to be insolvent meaning the IRD were not able to collect the GST from them.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The 2012 tax year began on 1 April 2011 for most taxpayers and with it new tax rules in relation depreciation on buildings and LAQCs finally came into force.  We have written a number of times on the potential impact these rules may have on you if you have an existing LAQC and have long been encouraging our clients to make contact with us in order to have their circumstances reviewed so that appropriate action can be taken.  ... Read Article

Friday, January 28, 2011

LAQC / LTC TAX CHANGES  ... Read Article

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

GIFT DUTY TO BE ABOLISHED
On Monday Revenue Minister Peter Dunn confirmed that the government intends to abolish gift duty.  Earlier this year the Minister had signalled that a review was being undertaken as to whether or not the gift duty regime should be repealed or amended.  Subsequently that review has occurred with the Inland Revenue producing a report assessing the impact of a repeal of gift duty across other governmental and legislative areas.  One of the prime concerns that was raised when the review was announced earlier in the year was whether or not repealing gift duty would have an adverse affect on creditor protection and rules in relation to qualification for social assistance. Contact Us at GRA.  ... Read Article

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Since announcing in May that the LAQC regime was going to be the subject of an overhaul the property investment community has been anxiously awaiting the Government’s follow-up to the Issues Paper released at the time.  On Friday 15 October 2010 draft legislation was released.  As at the time of writing all practitioners, including myself, were poring over the draft to get to grips with the new regime.  The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the proposed rules.  Contact Us At GRA  ... Read Article

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Now that the dust has settled on what was one of the most anticipated budget announcements in recent memory, now is time to reflect on the impact of the announced and proposed changes on property investors.  In doing so I am going to focus on the specific impact of the tax changes and leave aside for the moment the wider macro effects of the impact of this budget on the economy.  Broadly speaking there are five areas where the tax changes will impact on property investors.  They are as follows:  ... Read Article

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Warning To Solicitors, Accountants and Trustees/Trust Advisors...

BEWARE THE APPOINTOR IN NEW ASSOCIATED PERSONS RULES   ... Read Article

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In case you missed it over the weekend, the NZ Herald article on a woman being awarded a share of her husband's 'inherited property' that pre-existed the relationship rewrote some relationship property rules.
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