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GRA Blogs: Latest Posts

Ring-fencing Update

 Matthew Gilligan  06 Jun 19

Matthew Gilligan After several months considering over 250 submissions, the Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back to Parliament on the loss ring-fencing rules. Reflecting the fact that the original draft was somewhat of a shambles, they have thrown that out and started again from scratch.  Readers may think that this would mean there are a raft of changes as a ... More 

Why foreign exchange might be unnecessarily costing you money

 John Rowe  18 Sep 16

John Rowe Foreign exchange (FX) is an area where we have seen clients unnecessarily losing money. And we’re not talking small amounts, either, something that became abundantly clear to us after talking with Phillip Lindberg of OM Financial. Foreign exchange (converting NZ dollars into another currency, or vice versa) is a necessary process for many New Zealand businesses – importers buying ... More 

SHOULD I PAY THE PRINCIPAL OFF MY LOAN?

 Salesh Chand  21 Feb 13

Salesh Chand I get asked this question on a regular basis. The answer is simple: yes you should pay the principal off your loan. But then the question arises, which loan should I pay first, investment or personal? And, how much should I pay? You should always pay off your personal loan first as this is non-deductible for tax purposes. Unlike ... More 

HOW START-UP BUSINESSES CAN AVOID ACCOUNTING PITFALLS

 John Heaslip  21 Nov 13

John Heaslip In my day to day interaction with clients I meet a lot of small business owners who are in their infancy. They are busy marketing their new business, finding customers and practising their particular expertise.    Most budding entrepreneurs do not, however, willingly spend time thinking about invoicing and tax. I understand that, as they want to make a dollar ... More 

Is the cost of insulating a rental property tax deductible?

 Anthony Strevens  07 Dec 16

Anthony Strevens As you may be aware, there is a new law that requires all tenanted homes to be insulated by 1 July 2019. Anyone who owns rental property must ensure their properties are insulated to the required standard by this date. At GRA we’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether the cost of insulating a rental property is ... More 

Unpaid tax on rental income

 Anna Loginova  12 Dec 18

Anna Loginova It is a requirement in New Zealand for parties to provide their IRD numbers when buying or selling real estate (whether as an individual or through another entity such as a company or trust). Normally this does not pose any sort of problem. However, there will be significant issues if you are selling a property that has been generating ... More 

Proposed new LVR rules for investors

 The Professional Trustee Team  19 Jul 16

The Professional Trustee Team From 1 September 2016 we are likely to see higher LVR rules being applied to investors who are borrowing to purchase residential investment property as per the Reserve Bank announcement today.  Under the proposed new restrictions, investors across New Zealand will be required to have LVRs of 60% (i.e. they will need deposits of 40%). Only 5% of residential ... More 

Market Update April 2017

 Kris Pedersen  05 Apr 17

Kris Pedersen It’s been an interesting start to 2017 with a much tighter credit market than what we have seen for most of the last decade. While the majority of the media have been concentrating on the fact that the market seems to have slowed since the 40% deposit rule introduction, I put more down to banks themselves pulling back in ... More 

Advantages of new builds

 Mark Honeybone  20 Jun 17

Mark Honeybone At Property Ventures we are increasing our focus on new builds as investments because we see tremendous advantages from a financing perspective. Not only do investors get pristine new and low maintenance properties in better areas, they get the benefit of 80% LVRs and tax advantages from higher chattel depreciation.   These smart tax and finance benefits make investing ... More 

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