Chartered Accountants & Tax Specialist
General update by IBBZ Accounting on latest tax news, business growth and technology tips.
Auckland residential market has been hot topic for several years. It has been going in only one direction upwards. The Government has been trying to make changes in tax policies since 2010. Firstly, they abolished LAQC, and depreciation on building, then introduced bright line test. Currently the bright line test has been extended to 5 years from April 2018 onwards, and Ring fencing of rental losses are being introduced from April 2019.Continue reading
What is 63-day rule
A person is allowed a deduction for the amount spent on employing people. Payment related to employment could be in the form of wage and salary or payment of leaves. Section EA 4 says payment must be made within 63 days after the end of the income year. Any payment not made within 63 days after the of the income year, becomes income of the person for tax purposes. It means deduction is not allowed for the unpaid portion.Continue reading
In the recent tax case of Singh v The commissioner of Inland Revenue  NZCA 506, the court of appeal held the Commissioner can ignore sections 176, 177, 177c of the Tax Administration Act 1994 when pursuing bankruptcy due to non-payment of tax.Continue reading
Each person has a different lifestyle. To maintain a good lifestyle lot of financial planners, go with $100k a year for a couple, means $50k for one person. However, this has been a very traditional approach this approach is suited for industrial age era not for modern time (information age)
Traditional approach is you work till 65, keep making small savings in your retirement funds. By the time you retire you should have about $500k in your investments. These investments will give you a yield of about 5%, so you will get about $25k a year. You will also be eligible for Super, may be one investment property so roughly you will get about $50k a year.Continue reading
RWT on dividends between companies
With amendments being made to sections RE 2(5), this now limits the definition of “resident passive income”. This section excludes fully imputed dividends paid to a corporate shareholder if the paying company chooses to exclude the dividend from the definition.
This will allow a company to opt out of withholding RWT on a fully imputed dividend paid to another company.
The above amendments were needed because of company tax rate being lowered from 33% to 28%. Dividends were effectively overtaxed by the amount of RWT withheld.Continue reading
You need to be careful when deciding between employee or contractor. The mistake of paying someone as a contractor if they really fall under the category of an employee can be very expensive. This can be a trap that can cause you serious problems later.Continue reading
What is RWT (resident withholding tax)
It is a tax deducted on dividend before making a payment to the shareholder. For example, if company made a profit of $100 before tax, $28 would be income tax. Net profit after tax $72 will be a liability payable to shareholders. A payment of $72 will be made to the shareholders, the name of this payment is dividend. The IRD is interested in collecting tax from this payment, with current highest tax rate being 33%, further 5% of deduction is imposed on the company. Hence, $5 will be deducted and paid to the IRD, this is called RWT.Continue reading
The changes on Dividend and RWT are outlined in Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016-17, Closely Held Companies, and Remedial Matters) Bill.
The bill received royal assent on 30-03-2017. This Act came in to force on the same date, and in practice from 01-04-2017 income year.
Modern techs can save your time and give you edge over other competitors. Use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ will be easy to reach large number of people. Dropbox or Google Drive can save your data in cloud so you don’t have to worry about losing your important data when PC crashes.Continue reading
In November 2015, the Government released the fourth document in a series of discussion documents for public consultation planned for the next few years to support consultation on the Government’s proposals for modernising and simplifying tax and social policy administration in New Zealand.Continue reading
If you are a New Zealand resident for tax purposes, you will be taxed in New Zealand for all of your “worldwide income”. This includes income derived from New Zealand and from other countries.Continue reading
“Cash is a king” you might have heard this many times. However, I must say the “Cash is Super King”.
Better managed cash flow is a very important financial tool that can change your business and push it to move forward. In simple terms, cash flow is money coming in to the business and money going out of the business.Continue reading
What is the Future of Accounting & Role of an Accountant?
Accounting is completely dependent on technology these days. Technology plays a vital role in today’s changing business environment. And there is no doubt accounting has been part of this. Over the past few years, there have been significant changes in accounting world. Yes, accounting wasn’t easier earlier than what we are doing these days with just one click.Continue reading
In the article Making Tax Simpler “Better Administration of PAYE and GST”, the Government have introduced new proposals to improve the tax systems in New Zealand. Such changes relates to PAYE and GST.
The most significant improvement they want to make is to “use modern digital technology to provide faster, more accurate and convenient interactions with Inland Revenue”. This means that they want to integrate PAYE and GST filling process into accounting software.Continue reading
Online GST changes and its impact on taxpayers.
According to the Revenue Minister, Todd McClay, the Government is looking at a way to charge GST on cross-border services, intangibles and goods with the focus on collecting GST from overseas suppliers of online products such as e-books, music and videos and GST on low-value imported goods. At present, there is no GST charged on overseas online- service provider and low-value of imported goods.
The purpose of this tax is to create a fairer competition for domestic suppliers and increase revenue for the government. Globalisation means the big world becomes smaller, as you can do business, buy and sell anything with people around the world. The number of New Zealanders buy goods and services from overseas have increased substantially over the last few years. Mr McClay claims that the GST foregone on overseas purchased is around $180 million a year and it is growing at around 10 percent each year. Moreover, the new rule is also fairness. Currently, overseas supplier is benefiting as there is no GST charged on their goods and services, so they can charge a lower price compared with New Zealand suppliers who have to include GST in the sale price.
From 1 October 2015, the Parliament introduced some changes to the property rules called as Bright-line test. The purpose of the test is to reduce the number of foreign speculators on NZ property and thus maintain positive housing prices of big cities in New Zealand. This rule only applies to residential properties bought on or after 1 October 2015. The idea behind the test is that taxpayer has to pay tax on the gain when you selling your property (with some exceptions). By taxing on the gain, it somewhat discourages speculators for housings as the profit is not as good as before.
Residential care subsidy:
What is it?
Residential care subsidy is a programme to help people aged 50 and over who need long-term residential care in a rest home or hospital to afford for the cost of care. You may be able to get the Residential Care subsidy if you:Continue reading
IRD has recently launched an audit campaign on traders of Trademe. Together with Trademe, they are seeking and exchanging information of trademe traders who are ignoring their tax obligations. The most common problem we have seen is that traders started as a hobby, but with regular pattern of selling this was transformed into a business.Continue reading