Interested in paying less tax, property investment structures, trusts and protecting your assets? This is the right book to read.
Try asking two lawyers and two accountants ‘How should I own my property and business assets?’ You will likely get four different answers. They all seem adamant and fixed in their views, so which professional is right? What is best for your individual circumstances is very difficult to judge, even for seasoned professionals.
If you get your taxation and legal structures wrong, at the very least you will have to pay to fix them. But much worse, you could potentially lose all of your assets in the event of financial disaster. You might pay more tax than is lawfully required. You may lose half your pre-marital assets to a spouse, through divorce. You might die with poor estate planning, leaving a mess for your relatives to clean up. Or you may pay tax on property transactions, because you don’t understand the traps of property tax that catch rookie investors and traders. The list goes on, there are so many issues to consider.
This book answers many frequently asked questions about taxation and legal structures, including:
- The basics and how to put them together – common structures like trusts, LTCs etc.
- What structure should an ordinary family or single person have?
- What are the best structures for property investors, traders and business owners?
- How do you minimise tax lawfully? What’s kosher with the IRD?
- Why is GST and deemed zero rating so risky, and what can you do to protect yourself?
- How do you protect assets from banks and the many risks of life and commerce?
- What should your lawyer and accountant be looking at to give you a better outcome?
- What should you not let your lawyers and accountants do?
- Lots more.
Matthew Gilligan has over 15 years of experience as a chartered accountant, specialising in asset planning. He is the Director of GRA’s Asset Planning team, which has restructured the affairs of over 10,000 families in New Zealand. Matthew presents a practical guide to taxation and commercial structures, with a focus on property structures, tax and bank finance. Written in plain language, he makes a very complex topic easy to grasp and interesting to absorb, with many case studies and practical examples.
Dear Matthew ...compulsory reading for all small business owners ...I particularly valued chapters 5 and 9 the later has serious consequences for NZ companies investing in Australia ....my experience is that most people don't understand cross border tax ...a really very good chapter ..Probably the single best piece of advice ...No spousal PGs...the best basic knowledge in written form in one book I have seen ...well done Matt ...
- Hon. John Banks
Former Minister of Small business
Just to let you know that over the Christmas break I read your latest book. My wife gave me a hard time about my holiday reading topic!!
As an investor myself I like to keep up with the latest trends and laws and found the book very informative and easy-to-read – well done and I hope sales exceed your expectations.
I now have your book on display in my office and will recommend clients to it. It certainly confirmed a lot I already know but also provided things I didn’t know as well. In my job as a financial adviser (AFA level) I constantly come across accountants providing less than accurate advice to clients and on many occasions have locked horns with them.
If I recommend a strategy to a client and their accountant tells them not to do it I always advise them to ask their accountant for their advice in writing, to date I’m not aware of any accountants who have done that and on a couple of occasions the accountant has capitulated and finally agreed with my strategy. Damn accountants!!
Well done mate, I will get Janet’s book on trusts next as I always have stalemates with that also when it comes to accountants.
- Stuart Pope (RFA)
We recently purchased your book “Tax Structures 101” and loved it. Thank you.
- Tanya Hohepa
I had come a couple of weeks back to one of your seminars which you had taken instead of Janet and you had given me a copy of Tax Structures 101. Just wanted to give you the feedback that I am really enjoying the book, very well written! I am commenting about the great style of writing, it is readable like a good fiction.
Thanks for the great book.