Reminder: Economic, IRD Compliance Focus and Business Transformation Update –  Wellington 2015

Reminder: Economic, IRD Compliance Focus and Business Transformation Update –  Wellington 2015

Reminder: Economic, IRD Compliance Focus and Business Transformation Update –  Wellington 2015 Lee Stace

Compliance Headlines Newspaper Torn New Business Regulations ComTax Management NZ (TMNZ) would like to remind you that on 16 September we will be hosting an informative update on the economy and Inland Revenue’s compliance focus and business transformation in Wellington.

We have brought together presenters from BNZ and Inland Revenue to share their insights on these topics. TMNZ will also provide a brief, practical session on tax pooling.

Not only do these sessions contribute to your professional learning and development as CPD hours, but they also provide a great networking opportunity for you and your peers.


When: Wednesday 16 September, 3.15pm-5.15pm (followed by drinks and canapés)
Where: St James Theatre (First Floor Gallery), Courtenay Place


To register your interest, please phone 0800 829 888 or email with your firm’s name and the names and email addresses of those wishing to attend by no later than 5pm on 7 September.

Registration is free.


3pm-3.15pm: Registration (tea/coffee)

3.15pm-4pm: Economic update
This session will cover the current state of the economy with a particular focus on issues relating to the Wellington region.

Stephen Toplis, Head of Research, BNZ

4pm-4.45pm: Inland Revenue’s compliance focus and business transformation
This session will cover current priority work and compliance approaches being taken by Inland Revenue. In particular, there will be a focus on work in the property and hidden economy areas. The session will also include an overview of what further compliance activity may look like as part of Inland Revenue’s transformation.

Tony Morris, Investigations and Advice Manager, Inland Revenue

4.45pm-5.15pm: Insights and developments in the use of tax pooling by businesses and accountants

This session will provide practical tips on managing your clients’ cashflow around provisional tax dates, and strategies to mitigate their exposure to Inland Revenue interest and late payment penalties where there is an uncertain historical tax position.

Chris Cunniffe, Chief Executive Officer, TMNZ

5:15pm-6pm: Networking drinks and canapés


Stephen Toplis ROADSHOWStephen Toplis
Stephen was appointed BNZ’s Head of Market Economics in April 2001 and now carries the title of Head of Research. His previous employment includes Chief Economist Deutsche Securities, Chief Economist BT Securities, Chief Economist Doyle Paterson Brown and Chief Economist Fay Richwhite. He works in BNZ’s Wellington Markets Division, where he is charged with providing an economic and political overview for the bank’s wholesale operation. The end focus of much of his work is the analysis of business risk for BNZ’s corporate clients. Stephen is also contracted to the Hugo Group, which provides economic and political advice to a small group of New Zealand Chief Executives.

MorrisTony Morris
Tony is the Investigations and Advice Manager for Large Enterprises at Inland Revenue. He is one of two managers who undertake the national management of the Investigations Unit. Tony’s main focus is the management of the technical and tax avoidance area within the Investigations Unit. Tony has been with Inland Revenue for more than 20 years, which included a four-year break where he worked at Deloitte as a Senior Tax Manager in the 2000s.

CChrishris Cunniffe
Chris is the CEO of TMNZ. He joined the company after leading the tax teams at Air New Zealand and BNZ for 15 years. Chris is a member of the Tax Advisory Group for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a group which develops and presents CAANZ’s position on tax policy and tax administration matters.