Property Tax Structures

Gilligan Rowe & Associates

Property Tax Structures

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

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

Over the years GRA have 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. He found the level of advice on structuring property and wealth was not good in New Zealand 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, an ordinary company, invest in my personal name, 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?

Example structures: Employed Buy and Hold (Excerpt from Trusts & Tax webinar, October 2022)

Example structures: Self Employed Buy and Hold (Excerpt from Trusts & Tax webinar, October 2022)

What property investing strategies should you 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 a property investment strategy
  • Give you the tools to calculate property cash flow before and after tax (hold and trade)
  •  Provide education through our events, webinar recordings and online courses such as Property School and Property Development School.
  • To book a meeting to discuss these services and how GRA can help you, click below.

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Example structure a property investor might use
*Note: You need specialist advice to design the structure that is right for you - everyone's circumstances are different


The seminar last night was brilliant. We ourselves are seasoned investors. We are already doing it. We are also clients of GRA. Have been so for over 10 years. Last nights seminar was affirming and I have encouraged younger members (adults in their 20s) of our family to attend. I am feeling so excited about my portfolio and the Auckland property market. I will go on to GRA books and order the two books Matthew promoted. - Kristine, April 2018
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Gilligan Rowe and Associates is a chartered accounting firm specialising in property, asset planning, legal structures, taxation and compliance.

We help new, small and medium property investors become long-term successful investors through our education programmes and property portfolio planning advice. With our deep knowledge and experience, we have assisted hundreds of clients build wealth through property investment.

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