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Audit claim data highlights level of IRD’s behind-the-scenes activity

Audit claim data highlights level of IRD’s behind-the-scenes activity 1200 630 Lee Stace

Inland Revenue (IRD) is still actively reviewing taxpayers despite COVID-19 and the various business disruptions the pandemic has caused in the past 12 months, according to figures released by Accountancy Insurance. They saw a 31 percent increase in claims in all categories during the 2020-21 financial year compared to the 2019-20 financial year. In terms…

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Working capital solution amid timber shortage

Working capital solution amid timber shortage 1200 630 Lee Stace

For builders wanting to ensure they have enough materials to complete the jobs they have scheduled over the coming months amid the current timber shortage, there’s a source of funding available to them that they may have overlooked if they require working capital. It’s their provisional tax payments. And a service called tax pooling –…

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Commissioner’s discretion for tax pooling

Commissioner’s discretion for tax pooling 1200 630 Lee Stace

A provision within legislation allows taxpayers to use tax pooling for certain income tax or RWT voluntary disclosures where no return has been previously filed. This is known as Commissioner’s discretion. And it’s worth seeking if a taxpayer satisfies all relevant criteria (see below), as settling these underpaid tax types through an approved tax pooling…

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Miscalculated your tax loss carry-back? Don’t worry – help is at hand

Miscalculated your tax loss carry-back? Don’t worry – help is at hand 1200 630 Lee Stace

Tax pooling can reduce the interest cost a taxpayer faces by up to 30 percent if they have overestimated their loss under the temporary tax loss carry-back scheme. Under the temporary Inland Revenue (IRD) scheme, those who expect to make a loss in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 income year can estimate that loss and use…

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Taxing times: Are you facing a cashflow crisis in April and May?

Taxing times: Are you facing a cashflow crisis in April and May? 1200 600 Lee Stace

Tax represents cash and for all businesses, cash is king – especially in April and May. After all, Inland Revenue (IRD) is expecting two tax payments over these months. The first is due tomorrow (7 April). That’s called terminal tax. If you did not pay enough tax during the 2019-20 income year, you will be…

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Property tax changes announced – what you need to know

Property tax changes announced – what you need to know 1200 630 Lee Stace

Property investors will no longer be able to offset their interest expenses against rental income when calculating their tax. This is one of three tax measures announced today by the Government as it attempts to cool the overheating New Zealand housing market. The others include: Extending the bright-line test to 10 years.A ‘change-of-use’ rule within…

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Terminal tax isn’t due until 7 April – so why’s IRD already charging interest?

Terminal tax isn’t due until 7 April – so why’s IRD already charging interest? 1200 630 Lee Stace

Just because a terminal tax amount for the 2019-20 income year is not due and payable until 7 April does not mean Inland Revenue (IRD) is not already charging interest. Why is this happening, you may be asking? There could be several reasons. The method used to calculate your provisional tax payments, your income tax…

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IRD payment allocation rules explained

IRD payment allocation rules explained 1200 630 Lee Stace

Provisional tax payments made on or before the date of the final instalment for the year are applied to the oldest overdue tax amount first while payments made after the date of the final instalment are applied to the interest owing on any overdue tax first, then the overdue tax amount. The IRD payment allocation…

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Don’t forget tax pooling as IRD targets residential property

Don’t forget tax pooling as IRD targets residential property 1200 630 Lee Stace

Tax pooling can reduce the interest cost by up to 30 percent and eliminate late payment penalties if someone owes additional tax for failing to declare property transactions captured under the bright-line test. An approved provider of the service such as Tax Management NZ (TMNZ) can help with income tax that arises from residential property…

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Payment options for 15 January provisional tax

Payment options for 15 January provisional tax 1200 630 Lee Stace

One of the challenges of paying provisional tax in times of economic uncertainty is making a payment that is both appropriate and does not negatively impact your cashflow. Tax is one of the largest expenditure lines for a business, so you want to get it right. You don’t want to overpay, because that’s money sitting…

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