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Apart from a few special rules, any cost necessary to run your business will probably be tax deductible. However, there are a few things to be aware of - some items that you might assume could be claimed can't be, and conversely, there may be others..

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Annual and sick leave

by John Heaslip 10 Dec 20

From time to time clients contact us to ask what their employees are entitled to with regard to annual leave and sick leave.  This is obviously an important thing to get right, for both employers and their staff. The Labour Party made a promise before the..

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Tax in a Post Covid-19 New Zealand

by John Heaslip 06 Jul 20

Hopefully the “post-Covid” reference in the title is not tempting fate, but at the time of writing New Zealand appears to be in an enviable position in terms of control of the public health side of the Covid pandemic. However, battling through the economic fallout..

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Cash Payments - IRD crackdown

by John Heaslip 05 Dec 19

Since 2009, the Inland Revenue Department has been cracking down on industries known to pay workers under the table (i.e. undeclared cash payments). According to an article in the NZ Herald in April 2018, New Zealand is missing out on about $800 million in its annual tax take..

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Depreciation is the reduction in value of an asset over time due to wear and tear. In New Zealand, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) allows depreciation on certain items to be claimed as a type of expense for income tax, so it is beneficial to..

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Changes to boarding service rules

by John Heaslip 28 Jun 19

Over the years I have had wide-ranging conversations with clients about boarding services and how to qualify. The reason people wish to  qualify as providing a boarding service is if the amount of income you receive falls below either the “weekly standard-cost” threshold or the..

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There are a number of issues that New Zealand tax residents must grapple with if they are to invest in Australian rental properties. It’s important to understand what these issues are because they can have a significant impact upon your profitability. Financial Arrangements - foreign..

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If you own (or plan to own) residential rental property in Australia, there are changes to the tax deduction rules that will affect you, particularly if your cash flow is tight. These changes were announced in the May 2017 Australian Federal budget and were passed..

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Proposed FBT changes for SMEs

by John Heaslip 07 Feb 17

A tax amendment for close companies that provide motor vehicles to shareholder-employees has been proposed for the 2018 financial year onwards.OverviewCompanies with five or less shareholders (close companies) that provide their shareholder-employees with a motor vehicle for private use are required to register and pay..

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