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R & D Tax Credits – here we go again

Back in Budget 2007 the then Labour Government introduced a short-lived Research and Development (R&D) tax credit scheme that only lasted for the 2008/09 income year before it was abolished by the in-coming National Government in favour of R&D grants. Fast forward to 2019 and the now Labour Government has reintroduced a R&D tax credit […]

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Auckland drivers to bear the brunt of new fuel tax

Draft legislation for the proposed regional fuel tax was introduced to Parliament late last week, (Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill (38-1)) and is expected to be passed in June with an implementation date from 1 July 2018.   The purpose of the fuel tax is to establish a mechanism to gather funding […]

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Staying in the Sweet Spot

For the majority of business owners we deal with one of their key goals is growth. In fact, there is a general fixation on growth within New Zealand, but as we’ve seen with the recent growth in the Auckland population, growth often comes hand in hand with pain.   When I hear that growth is […]

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What does the new Labour Coalition Government mean for tax?

By Shelley-ann Brinkley – 20 October 2017 So, we finally know the make-up of the New Zealand Government (Labour, NZ First and the Greens) yet we still don’t know what tax policies are going to change – and we won’t know until sometime next week at the earliest. The tax policy wish-list of the new […]

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the growth sector comes of age

By Hayes Knight – 18 October 2017 Hayes Knight has been a key sponsor of the Franchising New Zealand Survey since the survey was recommissioned in 2010, after a period of 7 years when no nationwide survey was undertaken. The last survey was carried out in 2012 and the most recent survey results were released […]

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Conflict Resolution – finding Mutual Dissatisfaction

Unfortunately, even when everyone acts with the best intentions, conflicts can and do arise in any business. They arise between a business and a customer or supplier, a business and an employee, or often between joint owners of a business. What is genuinely believed to be ‘fair and reasonable’ by one party is often seen […]

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Public vs private sector challenges

Every now and again the media picks up on a story involving a government agency, council or charity supposedly spending up large on staff entertainment, big salaries or ‘perks’ and the cry goes up about the inappropriateness and wastefulness, given that it was public money, or money destined for worthy causes. Even when the spending […]

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Spotlight shines on property opportunists

The property market, and in particular the Auckland housing market, has in recent times been a hot topic for both media and residents alike. Many people will have directly experienced the blunt end of the residential property market when trying to buy a house.  If not directly buying or selling, many of us will have […]

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Is your accounting package still a good fit?

Good old Kiwi ingenuity has seen many businesses “tack on” and “patch up” their accounting software systems to enable them to keep operating without having to go through the expense of an upgrade. But at what expense? For the past few years many businesses have “put off” investing in their accounting system in favour of […]

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Changes to the taxation of lease inducements following public consultation

Following an initial public consultation period, there has now been a few changes to the proposed legislation around the taxation of lease inducement payments offered by commercial landlords. One of the major changes being the date the new rules will take effect. The following alterations have been made to the proposed legislation: The legislation once […]

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