Inland Revenue

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Understanding provisional tax

Understanding provisional tax 1200 630 Lee Stace

What is provisional tax? How’s it calculated? When is it paid? What happens if you don’t pay? If these questions are currently occupying space in your head, don’t worry – we’re about to provide some answers. A brief overview Provisional tax breaks up the income tax you pay Inland Revenue (IRD) so that it is…

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Cashflow relief for farmers impacted by flood or drought

Cashflow relief for farmers impacted by flood or drought 1200 630 Lee Stace

Those impacted by flooding in Canterbury or drought elsewhere in New Zealand have another option to manage their cashflow. It’s called tax pooling. It lets taxpayers defer their upcoming provisional tax payments to a time that suits them, without incurring interest (currently seven percent) and late payment penalties from Inland Revenue (IRD). The service –…

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Seller beware – IRD bright-line campaign update

Seller beware – IRD bright-line campaign update 1200 630 Lee Stace

Inland Revenue (IRD) will soon begin issuing letters to taxpayers within a month of them selling a residential property. These will be sent as soon as the tax department identifies a transaction that potentially falls within the bright-line rules, to ensure people are aware of any possible tax obligations. IRD says initially there will be…

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Can AIM taxpayers use tax pooling?

Can AIM taxpayers use tax pooling? 1200 630 Lee Stace

A taxpayer cannot use tax pooling to defer payment of, or settle, provisional tax instalments calculated under the accounting income method (AIM). However, Tax Management NZ (TMNZ) can help AIM taxpayers with terminal tax or when they receive a notice of reassessment. What does tax pooling legislation say about AIM? Legislation in the Income Tax…

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Make IRD interest, late payment penalties disappear

Make IRD interest, late payment penalties disappear 1024 683 Lee Stace

A missed or underpaid provisional tax payment often means a taxpayer is faced with a steep interest cost and potentially late payment penalties on top of what they owe. However, tax pooling can make that go away. A big frustration with Inland Revenue (IRD) is that it expects taxpayers to pay the correct amount of…

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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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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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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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How to overcome the pain of tax procrastination

How to overcome the pain of tax procrastination 1200 630 Colin Kennedy

With Inland Revenue (IRD) currently charging a penalty of seven percent interest, you would think that every single business owner in New Zealand would be highly motivated to get their tax issues sorted. Why then, is tax procrastination a problem? Tax is an obligation. We have no choice but to get on top of it.…

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Accessing overpaid tax faster in uncertain times

Accessing overpaid tax faster in uncertain times 1200 630 Lee Stace

Cash is king and being able to get your mitts on it quickly in an unpredictable world where circumstances can – and do – change in an instance is priceless. Just ask the taxpayers who were able to access the provisional tax payments they had deposited in the tax pooling account of Tax Management NZ…

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