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No doubt you have been reading in the newspapers and listening to the media various reports reviewing what is going on in the property markets; highlights of the reports are both positive and negative, and you hear various opinions around the marketplace about what  2010..

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The tax report seems to reveal a concern/realisation by the group that any tax change causing a significant drop in values in property, will be politically unacceptable. This was a view that I formed and I generally disregarded this option as too radical when I..

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NZ Tax Reform Report: Our Response

by Matthew Gilligan 19 Jan 10

The Tax Working Group report was publicly released at a press conference yesterday, 20 January 2010.  Please read our summary including our response of interest to property investors.  The highlights of the report seem to be: The lowering of personal tax rates in favour of..

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The Future of Tax in New Zealand

by Matthew Gilligan 01 Dec 09

In recent times the Tax Working Group reviewing New Zealand's tax system has received increased attention.This is no surprise as it gets closer to making its recommendations, which now appear likely to come out early in the New Year.  The Tax Working Group is a..

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Are You A DINK?: Case Study

by Matthew Gilligan 10 Nov 09

If you are a DINK (double income no kids) household, then the ideas in this article could help you grow your wealth and protect your future.The Smiths Mr and Mrs Smith are a professional couple. Mr Smith is a doctor and Mrs Smith a lawyer. The..

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Proposed Changes to GST Regime

by Matthew Gilligan 08 Nov 09

In June 2008 the Government released a tax policy issues paper for public consultation that looked at options for reducing risks that GST can present to both businesses and the Government.  Following submissions in relation to this, the Government has now released a follow up..

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Rental Losses and Family Assistance

by Matthew Gilligan 27 Oct 09

A common question that I get asked is – what impact do rental losses have on my entitlements to Family Assistance? Before I answer that lets just go back a step and talk about Family Assistance... First, the technical name is now Working for Family..

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New Tainting Rules

by Matthew Gilligan 13 Oct 09

The long awaited new associated persons rules have finally passed into law.  On 6 October 2009 the legislation received Royal Assent.  The new rules apply to land acquired on or after 6 October and in certain instances to improvements made to buildings after that date. ..

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Capital Gains Tax on its Way?

by Matthew Gilligan 11 Oct 09

A Victoria University Tax Working Group is currently considering the future direction of the New Zealand tax system. The Group is made up of various governmental, academic and industry professionals and is expected to produce a report which will be influential on the government's future..

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Matthew I have to say that I regret not getting into your Property 101 book earlier as it is so very readable and practical.  And the case studies really bring the material to life. - G. Cleland - November 2015

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