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Bright-line rule FAQs

by Matthew Gilligan 25 Nov 18

Earlier this year I wrote about some of the dangers posed by the bright-line rule when restructuring. I did this because the bright-line rule is something we grapple with daily at GRA. However, there is a series of questions that come up on a regular..

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My two cents on CGT

by Matthew Gilligan 07 Nov 18

There is no doubt the Tax Working Group’s recently released interim report is the topic du jour. Accordingly, it is only appropriate that I offer my two cents’ worth, particularly in relation to the comments on a possible capital gains tax. The Tax Working Group (TWG) has ruled..

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KiwiBuild Policy

by Matthew Gilligan 30 Oct 18

Middle class, sometimes low net worth people run our labour force, including the public sector for essential services. Police, fire fighters, teachers, nurses, even doctors, are struggling to get a home in supply-starved Auckland – so they move to the regions. Net result: our schools,..

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Offshore Investing

by Matthew Gilligan 02 Oct 18

At the time of writing, Labour's new foreign buyer ban has just passed through Parliament and while this signals that New Zealand is closing its doors to foreign investment, the same does not necessarily apply in reverse to New Zealanders looking to invest offshore. While..

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The Tax Working Group has released its interim report on its review of the NZ tax system. The interim report discloses the TWG's direction as it pushes towards finalising its recommendations in February 2019. While the report at 194 pages covers a wide range of..

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Are you a property dealer?

by Matthew Gilligan 02 Sep 18

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is, 'Am I a property dealer?' The typical scenario is that a client approaches me after having sold a couple of properties in the past few years and is now about to sell another one. They..

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Into the downturn we go

by Matthew Gilligan 19 Aug 18

With business sentiment softening and the property market coming off the boil in Auckland, I thought I would join the bandwagon and talk about the doom and gloom that is prevailing in property investment circles.  As a starting point, I would note the downturn is..

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Bright-Line Tax Dangers

by Matthew Gilligan 21 Jun 18

You are likely aware of the bright-line tax rule. Initially brought in as a two-year rule, the Labour Government extended bright-line to five years, effective from 29 March 2018. On the face of it, the regime is relatively simple in that you either sell a..

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GST Issues for Property Traders

by Matthew Gilligan 10 May 18

One taxation risk facing those of you engaged in property dealing, development or building activity, is the risk associated with treatment of GST on purchase.  GST Basics To briefly summarise some basics, the purchase and sale of property as part of an ongoing activity of..

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