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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..

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Housing Scarcity in Auckland

by Matthew Gilligan 29 Oct 12

For a long time now we at GRA have said that Auckland is the best place in New Zealand to invest in residential property and this has been confirmed with recent headlines about its current "property crisis". Prices have been rising and will continue to..

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Holiday Home Tax Grab

by Matthew Gilligan 25 Sep 12

Draft legislation reflecting the Government's desire to reduce tax benefits in respect of mixed use assets has now been released. Mixed use assets are assets that are used for both private and business purposes with holiday homes being perhaps the best example of this. The..

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If you have a company that used to be an LAQC before the rule change on 1 April 2011 and you have not previously taken any action in terms of transitioning the company into the new Look Through Company (LTC) regime, you still have one..

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LAQC - Second Window of Opportunity

by Matthew Gilligan 22 May 12

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..

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The recent Australian Budget announcements include a significant rule change which will affect any New Zealanders whom hold property investments in Australia. Specifically, the 50% discount which was available when calculating capital gains tax on property that has been held for more than 12 months..

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Interest In Interest Rates

by Matthew Gilligan 21 Feb 12

It seems to me everyone is talking about interest rates at the moment. I've been catching snatches of conversation on trains, planes and restaurants. The topic has featured heavily on tv and in newspapers. Dinner with friends at my home on Saturday night was no..

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I wanted to tell you about a very exciting event coming up for all potential and current business owners. Brad Sugars - Business is Booming Tour Brad Sugars, the world's #1 Business Coach is visiting Auckland on his 'Business is Booming' tour. During the seminar,..

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Alert: Special Report on Gift Duty

by Matthew Gilligan 29 Sep 11

Many of you will be aware that the Government have changed the rules on gift duty, repealing gift duty legislation from 1 October 2011.  The effect of this is that IRD will no longer have an interest in gifts made after this date, as the..

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