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November 29, 2018
No secrets, no surprises. Travel insurers have revealed a spike in queries about pre-existing conditions in the wake of a high-profile case in which a woman didn't receive a payout after failing to reveal a pre-existing bowel condition.Abby Hartley died in a Hospital in Bali after becoming ill from…
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November 29, 2018
When someone in New Zealand dies without a will, dealing with their estate is more complicated than if they had died with one. Dying without a will is called “dying intestate”. When you have made a valid will, in it you decide who will deal with your estate and how your assets will be…
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November 29, 2018
The Potential Issue for all Businesses Business contracts and business conduct, especially in relation to consumers but also in relation to B2B contracts, have been subject to much attention by the Commerce Commission (CC). That sounds a warning to businesses of all kinds and sizes to ensure that…
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November 29, 2018
A Hastings couple, who operated dairies, restaurants and other businesses, have been sentenced to prison and home detention on tax evasion charges totalling nearly a million dollars.Rakesh and Nalini Kumar operated Red Chilli Restaurants and Take Away in Taradale and Indian Palace Restaurant in…
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November 29, 2018
Inland Revenue kicks off a major public information campaign to tell New Zealanders what the biggest changes to the tax system in a generation will mean for them. Almost every household and business will be affected and the campaign, including print, radio and online advertising, a website, and…
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November 29, 2018
The summer holidays offer a good opportunity to get together and discuss plans for your family business. But there are some rules you should follow to make sure it’s only the barbeque that gets heated! Dinner discussions: Why they're important Working in any family business – where two or more…
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November 29, 2018
Earlier this year the Government announced its intention to change the GST treatment of low-value imported goods. Although not a new tax, this proposal has been called the “Amazon tax” in the media, because overseas internet-based retailers, such as Amazon, are the target of the rule change. The…
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November 29, 2018
In December 2017, we published “introducing a better way to invoice”, our first blog on the development of your new, better way to invoice – being more intuitive, reducing clutter, and saving time by automatically taking care of accounting information for you. We’ve been listening to feedback…
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November 2, 2018
Traders must take seriously their terms of trade and other forms of contract to ensure that they don’t contain unfair contract terms. Traders should also ensure that they don’t engage in misleading or deceptive conduct in trade. The Commerce Commission is policing these matters with some vigour –…
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November 2, 2018
The days of being able to pay your tax bill with a post-dated cheque are coming to an end as Inland Revenue moves with its customers, away from cheques towards electronic payments. Inland Revenue spokesperson Meade Perrin says the plan is to stop accepting post-dated cheques in February next…
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November 2, 2018
A plasterer and seller of health food supplements who aligned himself with anti-tax movements has been given home detention for tax evasion.David John Buisson, 69, of Whangamata was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court to 12 months home detention and 300 hours of community work for evading the…
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November 2, 2018
A general principle of the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) is that the board of directors is appointed to manage and control the day-to-day operations of a company without having direct interference or oversight by shareholders (the owners of a company). However, some decisions may substantially change…
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November 2, 2018
"Sellers were out in force on the market today after negative news on the economy." It’s a common line in TV finance reports. But have you ever wondered that if there are so many sellers out there, who is buying? The notion that in down days sellers outnumber buyers doesn’t make sense. What the…
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November 2, 2018
Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill has been passed and will become law on 1st April 2019. New Zealand has a problem with domestic violence. Nearly half of all homicides are family related and NZ has the worst rate of family and intimate-partner violence in the world. Police report that…
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November 2, 2018
If you work from home, you are no doubt aware that you may claim a deduction for the business use of your home. To date this claim has been based on an apportionment of the actual costs incurred each year for utilities (gas, electricity, water, etc).This has meant you needed to maintain and…
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November 2, 2018
Shona Lyon is an Auckland-based professional sculptor specialising in figurative and portrait bronze sculptures. Shona’s sculptures are based on the principles of sacred geometry and the classical sculptural techniques introduced to her by her mentor, International Master Sculptor Martine Vaugel.…
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September 10, 2018
How does this affect you? Ever tried to open a new bank account – particularly if you’re a Trustee of a Trust or a Director of a Company? Then you’ll be aware of the rigmarole and hoops you must jump through to provide evidence you, your fellow Trustees and Directors, let alone the Beneficiaries…
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September 3, 2018
Effective from 1 October 2018As noted in previous newsletters, Xero have advised a price change to their Standard and Premium plans which become effective from 01 October 2018.Both plans will increase by $5+GST per month. The new prices are as per below:This price change comes with the recent…
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August 31, 2018
Have you read the news today? Chances are there’s something happening in the world with the potential to keep you awake at night. But it’s one thing to follow the news, it’s another to act on it in a way that can backfire on you as an investor. Journalists define news as what’s novel, startling,…
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August 31, 2018
A personal grievance (PG) is a formal process in which an employee may raise a complaint against their employer if they have been dealt with unfairly or illegally. The grounds available to raise a PG are outlined in the Employment Relations Act 2000 (ERA), together with the process for raising a PG.…
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