March 23, 2021
In a move to crack down on property speculators and to make housing more affordable for first home buyers, the Government has today unveiled a number of property announcements including extension of the bright-line test from five to 10 years, and removal of interest deductions for investors.
December 11, 2020
With Christmas just around the corner, most businesses will be thanking their employees and clients with gifts or entertainment. While tax might be the last thing you have in mind, make sure you’re not caught out by a surprise tax obligation.
December 2, 2020
With the Labour Government’s record win at the polls last month, the introduction of a top marginal tax rate of 39% is a certainty. Labour is at pains to point out that it applies only to individuals who earn more than $180,000 per annum (or the top 2% of earners in New Zealand) and that the additional revenue raised will be used to help control debt and protect vital services, like health and education.
September 11, 2020
This week Finance Minister Grant Robertson made headlines with the announcement of the Labour Party’s 2020 Election tax policy. The key point in this policy is the reintroduction of a 39% top personal tax rate. This will apply from 1 April 2021 to those earning over $180,000 per year. We ask what this proposal is likely to achieve if (when) it is implemented.
May 21, 2020
An article on the Herald website this morning suggested any employee working from home can ask their employer to approach Inland Revenue to organise a $15 per week tax refund. We expect this might create calls from employees and employers asking if this is true. It is not.
January 27, 2020
Calling all Australian ex-pats - do you still own a family home in Australia? If you are relying on the family home exemption from capital gains tax in Australia, you may need to think again. The Australian government have recently passed an Act, which puts the entire CGT exemption for your home upon sale at risk. If you bought your home before 9 May 2017 and have since become a foreign resident, you may have a significant decision to make, and soon.
December 10, 2019
Are you having a staff party or celebrating with clients during the festive season? Are you buying them gifts to say thank you for a great year? We have a few tips to ensure you claim correctly.
September 18, 2019
The Inland Revenue is currently seeking feedback on amendments to the land taxing rules as they apply to “habitual renovators”. Generally, if you buy land with the intention of selling it to make a profit, you will be taxed on the proceeds of that sale. However, there are certain exemptions that apply to the sale of land where it is used by the person as their main home, residence or business premises.