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Are you a business owner trading via a limited company? Did you know that you can legitimately claim for private goods and services paid for by your company? Yes you can, and it doesn’t matter what you claim - flights, a hotel bill, a present for your kids (or yourself), a...
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How to Exit Your Business

November 7, 2020
I meet many business owners who haven’t given a lot of thought to what their longer term plans are. Often they are continually bogged down in the daily routine and don’t take the time out to plan for the future. When I ask ‘what do you want to be doing in 5 to 10 year ...
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I’m bound to upset someone with this picture - pale, stale and male - but such is life!  Is it only old white boffin-like old guys that carry out research and development these days? No, most certainly not, there’s more around than you might think, and the New Zeala...
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In 37 years of advising new business owners the biggest single mistake that I keep seeing is to start a new business without having enough working capital to see them through to when the business is better established. The best form of working capital is cash in the bank. Bo...
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In order to get your business to where you want it to be you must first determine where it is now, as otherwise, you won’t know how much work you have to do to improve and nor can you set goals or action strategies, because firstly, the goals have to be realistic in achiev...
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Modern, powerful accounting software can transform a business, systemising procedures, saving time, increasing efficiency, and assist and show business owners how to increase both profitability and business sale value. In particular, in these challenging times, the more deta...
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Most people would think of tax as a way a director could end up in jail or with a criminal prosecution but in fact, there are another eleven ways a director could get a criminal record: Acts without a resource consent when one is required or does not comply with an enforceme...
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It's a myth that it is difficult to change accountants these days. People think that it's too much hassle, it costs too much, you can't get the necessary information from your old accountant and your new accountant wouldn't know anything about your business or personal finan...
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What should we be doing as business owners before our Balance Dates or tax year-end, depending on what type of business we are in? There's no point in paying any more tax than necessary. If you have trading stock (unless it’s clearly not going to exceed...
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5 Common Errors with GST

December 9, 2019
GST is a tricky tax to get to grips with for those of us who don’t deal with GST on a day-to-day basis.  Here are a few of the errors I see frequently: Registering for GST. For new or smaller growing businesses deciding when and whether to register for GST can be tric...
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