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Tax Impact of Converting Short Term to Long Term

 Matthew Gilligan  18 Sep 20

Matthew Gilligan With New Zealand’s borders being closed, and likely to be closed for some time, a number of clients who have rented properties on a short-term basis (e.g. via Airbnb) are converting those properties to long-term residential tenancies. This raises the question – what are the tax implications?  Income taxWhether a property is rented out on a short or long-term ... More 

Government Business Loan Scheme

 John Rowe  06 May 20

John Rowe As part of the initiative to assist businesses suffering from the impact of Covid-19, the Government has created the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme (SBCS). Under this scheme, eligible businesses will be able to borrow up to $100,000, interest-free or at low interest rates, to help with their cashflow. Many small to medium businesses will have had a dramatic reduction ... More 

Property Investment Strategy August 2020

 Salesh Chand  10 Aug 20

Salesh Chand In this blog I share my current property investing strategy (as at August 2020), because there is a window of opportunity for investors that is likely to close soon. I outline the main points below. Finance At present, some banks are lending 80% on investment properties, which is good news for investors. At the same time, however, the banks are getting ... More 

Tax in a Post Covid-19 New Zealand

 John Heaslip  06 Jul 20

John Heaslip Hopefully the “post-Covid” reference in the title is not tempting fate, but at the time of writing New Zealand appears to be in an enviable position in terms of control of the public health side of the Covid pandemic. However, battling through the economic fallout is going to be just as challenging. All readers will be aware of the government ... More 

Loss Carry-Back Rules

 Anthony Strevens  05 May 20

Anthony Strevens Last week the Government introduced the Covid-19 Response (Taxation and Other Regulatory Urgent Measures) Bill. This bill contains a number of provisions, including the introduction of a loss carry-back scheme whereby a business can carry a loss back to a prior period to offset the prior period’s profits. Thus the business can get a refund of the tax paid ... More 

Accountant vs Bookkeeper - big difference

 Anna Loginova  29 Apr 19

Anna Loginova There is a significant misinterpretation and misunderstanding between the role of a bookkeeper and that of an accountant. If you don’t know the difference it can negatively impact upon you (possibly seriously). But if you understand each role and utilise them appropriately, it can be very helpful for your business.   Mistaking a bookkeeper for an accountant can lead to ... More 

New Trust Law Passed

 The Professional Trustee Team  29 Aug 19

The Professional Trustee Team 30 July 2019 was an important milestone in the land of trusts.  That was the date the Trust Act 2019 became law in New Zealand.  One of the objectives of this new law is to provide for greater transparency and accountability by trustees to beneficiaries. This objective is underpinned by trustee duties now being codified. Whilst it may seem ... More 

LVR Rules Relaxed

 Kris Pedersen  28 May 20

Kris Pedersen In big news for property investors, on 30 April 2020 the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) confirmed that they were removing the loan-to-value restrictions that had been in place in one form or another since October 2013. Back then, the RBNZ decided to introduce different tools rather than just using interest rates (through the official cash rate) to have some control over ... More 

Opportunity costs

 Mark Honeybone  26 Nov 19

Mark Honeybone "Should I sell, or should I wait till the property is worth more?" "I really wanted $20k more. Should I accept this final offer?" "I'd lose $20k on my trade if I sell for that, what should I do?" These are questions that investors, homeowners and traders are faced with at times, especially when the market is on the decline or ... More 

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