Articles by Matthew Gilligan
Thursday, November 22, 2012

We are scratching our heads at GRA, wondering if the world has gone completely mad. To say we are astonished at the opinions of one particular economist, Shamubeel Eaqub, whose comments were recently published in the New Zealand Herald, is putting it mildly.He said that New Zealanders are better to rent, rather than buy a property to live in. Is he insane?   ... Read Article

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rent Versus Own & why the Economist got it Wrong

We are scratching our heads at GRA, wondering if the world has gone completely mad. To say we are astonished at the opinions of one particular economist, Shamubeel Eaqub, whose comments were recently published in the New Zealand Herald, is putting it mildly.He said that New Zealanders are better to rent, rather than buy a property to live in. Is he insane?   ... Read Article

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

If you have a company that was previously a Loss Attributing Qualifying Company (LAQC) and you did not elect to convert the company into the new Look Through Company (LTC) regime or disband the company into a sole trader or partnership, you now have a second window of opportunity to consider whether you want to make any of these transitions. In other words, if you did nothing with your LAQC   ... Read Article

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

LAQC - Second Window of Opportunity

If you have a company that was previously a Loss Attributing Qualifying Company (LAQC) and you did not elect to convert the company into the new Look Through Company (LTC) regime or disband the company into a sole trader or partnership, you now have a second window of opportunity to consider whether you want to make any of these transitions. In other words, if you did nothing with your LAQC   ... Read Article

Friday, July 08, 2011

Once again the topic of capital gains tax (CGT) has reared its ugly head.  Speculation is that Labour will unveil a property investment targeted capital gains tax when it announces its tax policy in the next two weeks.  The Greens have thrown their not so considerable economic muscle behind the proposed tax.  In light of this, let’s examine some of the arguments that proponents of CGT put forth:  ... Read Article

Friday, July 08, 2011

Capital Gains Tax

Once again the topic of capital gains tax (CGT) has reared its ugly head.  Speculation is that Labour will unveil a property investment targeted capital gains tax when it announces its tax policy in the next two weeks.  The Greens have thrown their not so considerable economic muscle behind the proposed tax.  In light of this, let’s examine some of the arguments that proponents of CGT put forth:  ... 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, October 20, 2010

GOODBYE LAQC, HELLO LTC

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What do the budget tax changes mean for property investors?

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

Monday, June 22, 2009

A recent article by the NBR concerning the wilful trashing of the former family home of bankrupt Merlot Homes director Stuart Herron, which recently sold at mortgagee auction, raises some interesting issues.  ... Read Article

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dangers of Bargain Mortgagee Deals

A recent article by the NBR concerning the wilful trashing of the former family home of bankrupt Merlot Homes director Stuart Herron, which recently sold at mortgagee auction, raises some interesting issues.  ... Read Article

Monday, May 11, 2009

As accountants we are often asked, what can we do to manage our exposure of our affairs to banks, as we increase our business or property borrowing?  ... Read Article

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hawkins Clause and Protecting Your Home.

As accountants we are often asked, what can we do to manage our exposure of our affairs to banks, as we increase our business or property borrowing?  ... Read Article

Monday, April 27, 2009

As I have said on several occasions, property and stock markets react much faster than local businesses to the bad news.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Economic Quagmire Improving? Shhh... Don't Tell Anyone!

As I have said on several occasions, property and stock markets react much faster than local businesses to the bad news.
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