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October 15, 2015
You may think you are not tax resident in the New Zealand but the Inland Revenue Department may not agree with you.An individual retains tax residency in New Zealand if they have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand, irrespective the amount of time they are physically present in the country.…
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October 15, 2015
Compliance ChecklistIf your business is a registered company, a law change means you must have a director who lives in New Zealand – or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company – by 28 October. You’ll also need to provide some extra information about directors…
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August 26, 2015
The Government announced proposed new rules for the sale of residential property in the budget.Broadly speaking the proposal is to introduce a “bright line” test that assumes residential property sold within two years of purchase was purchased with the intention of resale. The proposed application…
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August 20, 2015
In 1962 Thomas Kuhn, historian of science, published his seminal work: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He wrote that: periodically a visionary arises and opens a new field of exploration. The new field attracts those who would implement the visionary’s theories and begin to work out the…
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August 20, 2015
Online auction websites (like TradeMe) can be an easy stepping-stone towards starting or growing a business. The systems are already in place and there are relatively few barriers to entry. As with any business it is important to be aware of your rights and obligations. Typically, running a business…
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August 20, 2015
From what can be protected by trade mark registration, to why register a trade mark, Solicitor Sarah Rosanowski details the top tips for securing your brand name.What is a trade mark?A trade mark is a sign which indicates that goods or services come from a particular person or company. This is…
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August 20, 2015
Simplifying tax – what’s in it for New Zealand?The transformation of New Zealand's revenue system into a modern customer-centric public service is set to deliver significant benefits to New Zealand. A revenue service that is fit for the future is high on the Government's business growth agenda. From…
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August 20, 2015
In the July issue we introduced you to the concept of using insurance premiums to pay off yours or someone else’s student loan. Here is how the concept works:“Tammy has been a secondary school teacher for three years. Her student loan is slowly reducing thru her monthly salary deductions. In a…
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August 20, 2015
Can you dismiss an employee for excessive internet use? The answer is yes, but not a simple yes.I read a summary of a recent case where an employee was dismissed for blatantly excessive Internet use but the dismissal was held to be unjustified. From what I can gather, the main problem was that the…
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August 20, 2015
The recent severe volatility in China's share markets has raised questions among many investors about the causes of the fall and about the wider implications for the global economy and markets generally.The Shanghai Composite index, the mainland stock market barometer and one dominated…
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July 23, 2015
In the last issue we suggested that you consider your accountant as the cornerstone contact for your estate planning. This is surprising for some, as estate planning is a service that is almost universally considered the exclusive domain of your solicitor.While your solicitor certainly has an…
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July 23, 2015
You may find that when you have been paid for goods or services by a company, which goes into liquidation, a liquidator requests that you repay some or all of that money. A recent Supreme Court case makes it easier for you to resist a demand from a liquidator in that regard, though you could still…
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July 23, 2015
The process to apply and become a permanent resident in New Zealand can be complex, difficult and expensive for some. Depending on your skill base and financial status this process can be fast-tracked if your skills and investment are sought after.New Zealand permanent residents are non-citizens who…
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July 23, 2015
Some believe that leadership is intangible. It cannot be learned. You either have it or you don’t. You’re either born with it or you’re not. I don’t subscribe to this point of view. In the trenches day to day where leadership is needed and expressed there are features of leadership which can be…
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July 23, 2015
Easily file and pay your GST.  With the myIRmobile app you canEasily file GST 101 and ‘nil’ returnsPay tax using credit and debit cardBe notified of due datesUpdate your personal detailsTo download this app to your smart-phone or tablet, type www.ird.govt.nz/mobile in the device’s web browserIf…
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July 23, 2015
From 1 April 2015 the new Government initiative for first home buyers – the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant – came into effect. Like the KiwiSaver first-home deposit subsidy which it replaces, the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant provides eligible first-home buyers with a grant of up to $5,000 for individuals…
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July 23, 2015
Since establishing its first office in Auckland’s CBD in 2007, enableMe has helped more than 4,000 clients achieve their financial goals and stay on track through the innovative and powerful approach pioneered by founding director, Hannah McQueen.With the success of the city branch, enableMe has…
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July 23, 2015
Imagine the feeling of having your student loan paid off while continuing to have the security of insurance. Repay arrange insurance policies so that as you pay your premium, 5% of the premium goes towards a student loan debt. You have the security of insurance while the loan debt gets paid off…
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June 29, 2015
Wednesday 1 July 20151.00pm - 6.00pmVodafone Events Centre770 Great South Road, ManukauFree EntryThe Southern Business Market is Auckland’s premier Business to Business Networking Event.This outstanding Business to Business Networking Event has continued to grow since its…
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June 15, 2015
You will be aware that the government is making changes to bolster and enforce the tax rules on investment property starting from 1 October 2015 In anticipation of the changes, we are holding a Seminar that will look at the current tax laws regarding property investment and will consider…
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