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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”.

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.

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.

Inland Revenue Takes Aim At Provisional Tax With Their Accounting Income Method

Inland Revenue Takes Aim At Provisional Tax With Their Accounting Income Method

New Zealand provisional taxpayers can hardly wait to shelve their crystal balls and balancing acts from the new tax year starting 1 April 2018.

That being said, Inland Revenue are introducing a new method of meeting your provisional tax obligations. The idea behind it is to calculate and match a New Zealand taxpayers income tax payments with their profitability.

Temporary Tax Exemptions In New Zealand

Temporary Tax Exemptions In New Zealand

In order to attract highly skilled people to New Zealand, an automatic temporary tax exemption was granted from 1 April 2006 to individuals who qualified as transitional residents to reduce tax barriers.

Who qualifies as transitional resident?

Can You Store Your NZ Tax And Business Records In Australia?

Can You Store Your NZ Tax And Business Records In Australia?

If you run your New Zealand business from Australia, you might prefer to store your records here in Australia. But NZ tax law requires all taxpayers to keep their business records in New Zealand.

The good news is there are some situations where Inland Revenue may authorise you to keep your New Zealand tax records in Australia.

So … You Forgot To Include Something In Your NZ GST Or Tax Return?

So … You Forgot To Include Something In Your NZ GST Or Tax Return?

We are sometimes contacted by clients who advise that in finalising their Australian financial statements and income tax returns they have come across a transaction that should have been included in the financial statements and income tax return of the New Zealand entity.

The question often arises, “do we need to file an amended income tax return”?

Shareholder Employees Can Now Be On A PAYE Salary

Shareholder Employees Can Now Be On A PAYE Salary

Shareholder employees can now be on a PAYE salary and then top up at the end of the year with a lump sum on which they can pay provisional tax.

Previously, in New Zealand shareholder employees were only allowed to be either a PAYE salary earner or a shareholder’s salary earner. They couldn’t be both.

Common Mistakes That Result In NZ Tax Penalties

Common Mistakes That Result In NZ Tax Penalties

There is a mandatory “shortfall” penalties regime in place in New Zealand which Inland Revenue apply automatically and for a large number of cases.

Inland Revenue can charge penalties in the range from 20% up to a whopping 150%. These penalties cannot be remitted and are good reason in themselves to encourage you to engage a knowledgeable tax advisor.

Tax Tip: Reduce Your NZ Tax Bill By Managing These Costs

Tax Tip: Reduce Your NZ Tax Bill By Managing These Costs

Most New Zealand businesses will have a year-end of 31st March. It is possible in some situations to have that balance date changed to 30th June and that may suit some Australian businesses who have New Zealand interests. If you believe that a 30th June balance date would suit your needs better, simply contact us and we can prepare an application on your behalf.

New Zealand’s ACC Levies To Reduce For Employers

New Zealand’s ACC Levies To Reduce For Employers

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), is the organisation responsible for both overseeing New Zealand workplace safety and compensating anyone injured in the workplace.

It is funded by levies paid by New Zealand and Australian businesses who are registered as NZ employers. And from 1 April 2017 the good news for business is that these levies will fall.

Getting Confused With The Various New Zealand Tax Payment Dates?

Getting Confused With The Various New Zealand Tax Payment Dates?

Unlike the Australian system where you can report on, and pay for, several taxes on one tax return, New Zealand treats every tax as it’s own little beast with little interaction between them. A different tax return due at a different time with a different payment date for each type of tax. And that causes a lot of confusion for Australians doing business over there.

New Zealand Employment Agreements Are Necessary – And Now They’re Free

New Zealand Employment Agreements Are Necessary – And Now They’re Free

It is a legal requirement that you enter into an employment agreement with your staff. And now there is a free online tool designed to help you comply with the law.

New Zealand hasn’t had a unionised workforce for a number of decades so it has been difficult to produce agreements by sneakily using union agreements as a template.