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Safe harbour tolerance being introduced

Safe harbour tolerance being introduced 1344 706 Lee Stace

A legislative amendment will allow taxpayers to remain in safe harbour if they underpay their provisional tax instalments by $20.   Smaller taxpayers using the standard uplift method to calculate their payments have been losing the ability to take advantage of the interest concession provided by this rule when they underpay by small amounts. When…

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Four reasons why accountants should consider tax pooling

Four reasons why accountants should consider tax pooling 1200 630 Jade Robertson

Meet Andy. He is a builder who has run his own business for almost three years, with the current year reflecting he will make a substantial profit. He gets paid well and is smart enough to set aside the tax he owes with every cheque. However, the clients he is working for do not always…

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Coffee with Maria from The Tax Lady

Coffee with Maria from The Tax Lady 1200 630 Jade Robertson

“Why would IRD allow you to do this?” This is the reaction of some of Maria Anderson’s clients when they hear about how tax pooling can help with provisional tax payments for the first time. Maria is one of the Directors at The Tax Lady in Upper Hutt, north of Wellington. Their clients range from…

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IRD agrees to stop contacting clients directly

IRD agrees to stop contacting clients directly 1200 630 Lee Stace

Accountants have a fundamental role to play in the tax system and IRD is putting measures in place to limit direct contact with their clients. These are the words of IRD commissioner Naomi Ferguson. Her announcement – made during her address at the annual Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Tax Conference in…

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Remember tax pooling as IRD audit activity increases

Remember tax pooling as IRD audit activity increases 1200 630 Lee Stace

IRD ramping up its investigation activity by targeting businesses under-reporting cash sales or paying staff under the table is an opportune time to remind taxpayers that tax pooling can assist with audits or voluntary disclosures. The hidden economy is estimated to be worth close to $1 billion. That’s why IRD is cracking down on cash…

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Uplift payments required for safe harbour eligibility

Uplift payments required for safe harbour eligibility 1200 630 Lee Stace

Provisional taxpayers cannot use the safe harbour provision if they fail to make their standard uplift payments on time and in full. However, tax pooling can fix this. Safe harbour – what it is and the criteria Safe harbour is a concession whereby IRD will not charge interest between a taxpayer’s final provisional tax instalment…

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AIM and tax pooling

AIM and tax pooling 1344 897 Lee Stace

Legislation prevents taxpayers from using tax pooling to pay AIM provisional tax instalments. We are issuing this reminder as IRD notifies us they are seeing several tax pooling transactions for these types of payments. Section RP17B (2)(a) Income Tax Act 2007 says an amount held in a tax pooling account on behalf of a taxpayer…

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TMNZ’s submission on Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill

TMNZ’s submission on Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill 1344 706 Lee Stace

TMNZ supports all but one of the proposed provisional tax amendments in the Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill. We made a submission on the Bill last week after receiving feedback from clients. In it, we share our thoughts on the following proposed amendments to provisional tax: Eliminating the requirement to estimate at…

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Failing to pay cents costing thousands in IRD interest

Failing to pay cents costing thousands in IRD interest 1344 820 Lee Stace

**Update on 19 December 2019** IRD are fixing this issue and introducing a $20 threshold so taxpayers aren’t thrown out of safe harbour and charged use-of-money interest if they short pay provisional tax by a few cents. They are in the process of fixing up accounts that were charged in these situations. Original article published…

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28 August provisional tax: Don’t forget IRD interest rise

28 August provisional tax: Don’t forget IRD interest rise 1200 630 Lee Stace

For many, the 28 August provisional tax instalment is the first for the 2020 tax year – and failing to pay on time will cost taxpayers more money. That’s because the interest IRD charges when tax is unpaid or underpaid is increasing from 8.22 percent to 8.35 percent. The new rate will apply the day…

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