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March 8, 2016
When a person passes away without a Will, the Administration Act 1969 (Act) sets out how the Estate of the deceased will be distributed.Firstly, the family (or other potential representatives) need to determine the value of the assets in the Estate. Where the value is less than $15,000 the process…
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March 8, 2016
Here are 5 key areas of focus for small to medium sized businesses.1. EmploymentIn many respects, employment law in New Zealand isn't easy and it isn't getting any easier. Businesses should ensure that they have robust, comprehensive, up to date employment agreements, supported by appropriate stand…
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March 8, 2016
Inland Revenue has received a surge of inquiries from student loan defaulters worried they could be arrested if they return to New Zealand. One man who ignored his repayment obligations contacted the Weekend Herald from Australia and said he would now be scared to return for funerals or…
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March 8, 2016
A Tauranga man who avoided paying $120,000 in PAYE, instead spending it on himself and his failed business, has been jailed.Lance Rangitawa was the director of Drivehire, a company which provided truck drivers on a casual basis. Between June 2013 and March 2015, Rangitawa failed to pay his PAYE and…
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March 8, 2016
In 2016 the IRD will be continuing their compliance focus on undeclared cash in the construction industry and hospitality sectors, building on existing educational and enforcement action.The IRD initial construction sector campaigns in early 2015 focused on the trades in Auckland. This work has been…
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March 8, 2016
A year ago, high-earning Auckland couple Stephanie and Rod* faced financial reality: despite salary increases and having no dependents, they were going nowhere. In fact, they were going backwards, says Hannah McQueen, the financial personal trainer who has helped transform them into smart money…
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November 26, 2015
This article refers to some basic matters that are relevant to employers in view of the rapid approach of Christmas.Annual leave - employees aren’t generally entitled to any annual leave until they have been continuously employed for 12 months and thereafter, until the expiry of each 12 month…
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November 26, 2015
We are often asked this question, which is becoming increasing relevant with the dramatic increase in the use of digital devices.Research is yet to categorically prove actual damage from prolonged viewing of these devices but there is certainly no doubt that it causes discomfort and eyestrain.…
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November 26, 2015
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (the Act) became law on 2 July 2015. Sections 22 - 25 and Part 2 apply immediately, with the balance of the Act taking effect on a date to be determined, but no later than 2 July 2017.Taking immediate effect – criminal liability It is an offence to post a…
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November 26, 2015
It’s coming up to that time of year when you might be planning a staff Christmas party. It's great for morale and a chance to mark the end of the year. But what are the tax considerations?You may be able to claim as business expenses events such as Christmas functions or giving gifts to…
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November 26, 2015
The bright-line rule Government proposed as part of Budget 2015 has just passed into law. This rule will apply to residential property bought on or after 1 October 2015.What’s changing? The new bright-line rule requires people who sell residential property within two years of buying it to pay income…
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November 26, 2015
Most of us have multiple roles—as business owners, professionals, workers, consumers, citizens, students, parents and investors. So our views of the world can differ according to whatever hat we're wearing at any one time.This complexity of people and their range of motivations, depending on…
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November 26, 2015
We are focused on delivering the best client service possible and our team are the catalyst to that. As our business grows so does the team and we have had a number of new starters recently we’d like to introduce.Adam Grey has joined the team recently in our back office division helping…
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October 19, 2015
Almost a third of people won't have paid off their mortgages by the standard retirement age of 65, according to a shock bank report. A generation of "grey" borrowers face either working longer, using their KiwiSaver pot to pay off the debt, or hope equity in their homes will solve the problem by…
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October 15, 2015
Insight, Inspiration, ImpactA leader’s authority to lead emerges from the reach and breadth of his/her vision. Leaders see into the future and doing so they perceive an as yet unmanifest reality and report back their sightings with clarity and detail. The clarity and detail give rise to a new field…
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October 15, 2015
The principle of ‘caveat emptor’, or “let the buyer beware”, applies to buying property. Purchasers are always advised to complete their own thorough due diligence investigation before they buy.It is important however to remember that despite caveat emptor, the people involved in selling a property…
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October 15, 2015
Global markets are providing investors a rough ride at the moment, as the focus turns to China's economic outlook. But while falling markets can be worrisome, maintaining a longer-term perspective makes the volatility easier to handle.A typical response to unsettling markets is an emotional one. We…
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October 15, 2015
There are some things you need to do and know about before you go overseas to make sure your obligations and entitlements with us are sorted. What you need to think about depends on the amount of time you're away.The following are some of the things you need to consider before you go overseas. If…
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October 15, 2015
The IRD myIR Secure Online Service has had a makeover to make it easier and quicker for you to find what you're looking for. So when you next log in, myIR will look a little different.What has changed?The clearer look and layout of your myIR pages will make it easier and quicker for you to find what…
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October 15, 2015
The Commerce Commission is warning New Zealand small business owners of an invoicing scam undertaken through the post by a German company which operates a website called Corporate Portal New Zealand.Business owners have been approached to update their business details with the Corporate Portal and…
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