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Three tax pooling solutions for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Three tax pooling solutions for businesses impacted by COVID-19 1200 630 Lee Stace

IRD has announced a suite of tax relief measures during COVID-19 to help struggling businesses. However, a tax pooling provider such as Tax Management NZ (TMNZ) offers some solutions of its own for those wishing to manage cashflow, facing uncertainty about their profitability or needing access to funds during this difficult economic time: Provisional tax…

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Increased provisional tax threshold explained

Increased provisional tax threshold explained 1200 630 Lee Stace

A taxpayer has no obligation to pay provisional tax for the 2020-21 income year if their liability for the previous year was $5000 or less. In most cases, any income tax payable for the upcoming year will be due at their terminal tax date. That said, there are some exceptions to this rule. We are…

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COVID-19 provisional tax interest remission: What you need to know

COVID-19 provisional tax interest remission: What you need to know 1200 630 Lee Stace

Updated 11 August 2020 Small- and medium-sized taxpayers may no longer have to pay interest if they underpay provisional tax as a result of miscalculating the impact COVID-19 has on their profitability for the 2020-21 income year. However, while this concession is a major boon ahead of the 28 August 2020 payment date for those…

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Deadline approaching for non-COVID-19 taxpayers

Deadline approaching for non-COVID-19 taxpayers 1200 630 Lee Stace

Options in the marketplace are available to help those NOT affected by COVID-19 pay their TMNZ arrangement for the 2019 tax year within the required legislative timeframe. We are mentioning this as we know there will be taxpayers short on cash right now who unfortunately won’t meet the criteria to receive the deadline extension announced…

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COVID-19: IRD extends tax pooling deadline

COVID-19: IRD extends tax pooling deadline 1200 630 Lee Stace

Updated 19 June 2020 Anyone impacted by COVID-19 will have 365 days after their terminal tax date to settle 2019 income tax arrangements with TMNZ, subject to meeting certain criteria. IRD has used its new discretionary powers in s6I Tax Administration Act 1994 to extend the legislative deadline after recognising the cashflow difficulties some taxpayers…

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Tax loss carry-back scheme: Important considerations

Tax loss carry-back scheme: Important considerations 1200 630 Lee Stace

Standard imputation (ICA), ownership continuity and grouping rules still apply under the new tax loss carry-back scheme, while anyone who overestimates their loss will face IRD interest (UOMI) from the date of their first provisional tax instalment for the previous year. Moreover, company profits already paid out via shareholder-employee salaries or dividends are unable to…

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Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme: Do your homework first

Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme: Do your homework first 1200 630 Lee Stace

A former economist at one of New Zealand’s largest banks has a warning for someone considering the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme: It could limit your future borrowing capacity. That’s because banks may decline lending to anyone who has this type of debt on their books, as IRD may have first collection rights as a…

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IRD system issues affecting tax pooling

IRD system issues affecting tax pooling 1200 630 Lee Stace

IRD is working to resolve the problem of its system incorrectly sending grace period letters to taxpayers flagged as using tax pooling. However, they have fixed the issue which was seeing someone’s GST refund being automatically applied to their provisional tax. Here’s what you need to know about both problems. Plus, we also highlight some…

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IRD adjusts UOMI rates

IRD adjusts UOMI rates 1200 630 Lee Stace

Someone will now pay the taxman less interest (UOMI) if they underpay their tax – but literally receive nowt if they overpay. That’s the key takeaway after IRD announced it is adjusting its UOMI rates today. They are lowering the interest they charge for underpaid tax from 8.35 percent to seven percent. IRD’s credit interest…

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UOMI remission guidance: IRD overlooks provisional tax scenario

UOMI remission guidance: IRD overlooks provisional tax scenario 1344 814 Lee Stace

Question: What is the amount on which IRD will remit interest (UOMI) at the date of the final provisional tax instalment if someone outside of safe harbour is unable to pay on time due to COVID-19? The answer: We cannot say for certain as this is a scenario IRD has yet to address in its…

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