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We include updates and reminders about NZ tax changes for those carrying on a business in New Zealand and for individuals who still have tax ties there.

Inland Revenue To Publicise Automatic Exchange Of Information

Inland Revenue To Publicise Automatic Exchange Of Information

The New Zealand government signed up to the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) initiative a little while ago.

This is a global OECD initiative to combat tax evasion, particularly against those who use foreign tax jurisdictions to hide their wealth and evade paying tax in the process.

What does that mean for you?

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New Zealand Increases Minimum Wage Rates

New Zealand Increases Minimum Wage Rates

The New Zealand government has advised that the minimum wage rate for adults will be increasing by $0.75 to NZ$16.50 an hour effective 1 April 2018.

In New Zealand, the adult minimum wage rate applies to all employees aged over 16 years who are not classified as “starting out” workers or “trainees” who are involved in supervising or training other workers.

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New Zealand Moves To Payday Filing

New Zealand Moves To Payday Filing

With the growing integration between software packages such as XERO, MYOB and Reckon comes changes to the way that Inland Revenue will be processing data in the future.

One significant change is called Payday Filing which impacts on employers and the way they file their employer reports.

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Changes To New Zealand’s Provisional Tax Payment System

Changes To New Zealand’s Provisional Tax Payment System

Introducing The AIM Accounting Method Of Calculating New Zealand Tax.

We earlier commented on changes to New Zealand’s tax system where it would be possible to pay income tax based on actual profits earned to date.

This has come about through greater integration between accounting software packages and Inland Revenue where taxpayers can now file their GST returns directly through their accounting software.

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Changes To How Holiday Pay Is Taxed In New Zealand

Changes To How Holiday Pay Is Taxed In New Zealand

There have been changes made to the way employers can calculate the tax to be deducted from holiday pay when it is paid as a lump sum to an employee before they take their leave.

New Zealand employers can now opt to pay holiday pay as a lump sum extra pay or if the lump sum was paid to the employee in their usual pay cycle, tax can be calculated over the pay periods that their holiday covers. This 2nd approach is referred to as the “alternative approach”.

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Is Your Business Affected By The NZ Tax Rules For Contractors?

Is Your Business Affected By The NZ Tax Rules For Contractors?

It is a common (and some would say wise) practice for small businesses to hire contractors when specialised skills are required for a short, rather than a long time.

However the New Zealand tax rules are different for Australia, particularly for medium term projects where the question can arise as to whether the individual is a contractor or, instead, a short-term employee. This is important because the obligation is on the employer.

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The FATCA Issue And How It Impacts On New Zealand Businesses

The FATCA Issue And How It Impacts On New Zealand Businesses

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA as it is more often referred to, is a type of reporting regime that insures people and businesses in the United States to meet their tax obligations there. US citizens and tax residents are required to report their worldwide income to the IRS no matter where in the world they happen to live.

It also requires any foreign financial institution to register with the IRS.

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Credit Agencies Are Now Notified Of New Zealand Companies With Large Tax Debts

Credit Agencies Are Now Notified Of New Zealand Companies With Large Tax Debts

There has been a significant change with regard to Inland Revenue policy on overdue taxes owed by New Zealand and overseas owned companies. Previously this was considered a confidential matter between Inland Revenue and the taxpayer.

In order to protect creditors, New Zealand legislation has been altered to allow Inland Revenue to provide information to credit reporting agencies on companies who have outstanding taxes that exceed a “tax threshold”.

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NZ GST Treatment On Transactions Affecting Land

NZ GST Treatment On Transactions Affecting Land

Inland Revenue has issued a GST policy directive which may impact on Australian companies who are involved in building activity within New Zealand.

There have been cases when New Zealand entities have been completing building and construction projects in New Zealand on behalf of an overseas customer.

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Profit Shifting Between Countries

Profit Shifting Between Countries

We have written a number of posts with regard to the dangers of simply shifting profits from New Zealand businesses to Australia in order to reduce the incidence of double taxation or to achieve particular taxation gains.

There are legitimate ways of protecting Australian businesses from a significant amount, if not all, double taxation providing it is done correctly.

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