Property Structures Accounting 


Property Tax Structures

Property Tax StructuresOne of the most common areas of advice given throughout New Zealand by solicitors and accountants is advice over the structuring and management of investment property.

There is also differing opinion as to the best structures to utilise when it comes to managing investment property.  This includes the best approaches regarding end of year accounting for property investors.

At GRA, we have over the years become very specialised in property structures and managing property investors' affairs. 

This happened when founding partner, Matthew Gilligan, started the practice and simultaneously became a property investor and property developer.

As a relative newbie to property at the time, Matthew went looking for expert advice in the area and found the level of advice on structuring property and wealth was not good in NZ as a whole.

We have had the same reported to us on many occasions by other investors since Matthew found this to be the case, and it was one of the reasons GRA and Matthew became so focused on providing asset planning advice to property investors.  The reality is that it is an area of core need that is not well catered for by many accounting and legal firms.

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New & existing property investors - structure and tax questions frequently asked

  • How should I own my investment property?
  • How do my investment property structures fit into my business structures?
  • Should I use a look-through company or invest individually or use a trust?
  • Should I use trusts in my structures?
  • How do I break associated person rules, and buy and hold property without it becoming associated to (and taxable through) association to development or trading property?
  • How do I control the banks, so that they do not get security over all of my assets, and is this possible?
  • How do I keep growing my investing activities safely?

Property investing strategies I should be considering:

  • Buy and hold investment
  • Property trading, flips etc
  • Development strategies, small and large scale
  • Lease options
  • Rent by the room
  • Land banking
  • Cross border investing - what should I be doing offshore? How does this affect my tax structures?

Whether you are using these strategies or seeking more information about how they could work for you (and how you should structure your tax around these activities), then we are the people you need to talk to.

Here's how we can help you

  • Set up and run accounting structures.
  • Develop and implement an investment strategy.
  • Give you the tools to calculate property cash flow before and after tax (Hold and Trade)
  • Introduce you to expert alliance partners who specialise in these strategies, including
    running mentoring programmes and other courses.
  • To book a meeting to discuss these services and how GRA can help you, click below.

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Typical Salaried Property Investor Structure - Family Trusts & LTC

Typical Salaried Property Investor Structure - Family Trusts & LTC

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Typical Property Trader / Developer Tax Structure

Typical Property Trader / Developer Tax Structure

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Juliette thank you for being so onto it today in getting those matters resolved. I have been really impressed with your prompt service. This reflects very well on the company indeed. Kind regards



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