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There are many things to avoid in business, and one of the most unpleasant is triggering an IRD audit. Here’s how it commonly happens. Having been involved in many tax investigations (on behalf of clients of course), I can confirm they are not very pleasant and can result ...
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What does a “medium” business look like? Understanding how various organisations define business size categories is important for several reasons. New Zealand is a nation of small and micro businesses representing more than 97 percent of all firms. They account for 28 pe...
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Many small business owners are rightly concerned about making errors with Goods and Services Tax (GST), so here are some of the more common and costly to avoid. As I wrote in my last piece on this topic, if you expect your business to bring in revenue of over $60,000 ov...
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A hallmark of NZ’s taxation system has long been the absence of a Capital Gains Tax on the sale of property, but is that strictly still the case?A new client of mine is upset about having to pay tax at 39 percent on the sale of a property, saying that when he immigrated he...
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The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tricky tax to come to grips with for those who don’t deal with it on a day-to-day basis, so here are a few items to make certain you get right. As a financial advisor and accountant, there are a few errors I see frequently made by busi...
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The ‘Wellbeing Budget’ announced yesterday may have arrived in a pretty fancy looking folder, but the shine could be wearing off for small business owners.On Thursday, Finance Minister Grant Robertson alighted on the steps of Parliament brandishing a glossy looking folde...
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Crisis management seems to have become a core skill for the modern business owner — how prepared are you in the case of emergency?Whether it’s lockdowns, earthquakes or like a client of mine in Napier, NZ (the recent flooding), it matters not; business owners need to...
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We would like to thank you again Nick for your outstanding performance, professionality and friendship. We have dealt with many Accountants over the years, but you will have to be the best we ever had! You have made everything so easy for us, right from the start and we woul...
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Before you come close to signing on the dotted line, there are 10 important factors to consider closely, writes accountant and business advisor Nick Roberts.Starting a business from scratch and going without income in the initial period can be a daunting prospect, so it’s ...
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It has its detractors, but is the Government’s tax loss carry-back scheme helping struggling NZ business owners?One of the responses to COVID-19 from the Government was a new temporary tax loss carry-back scheme.Some cynical commentators felt that the tax part of the SME R...
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