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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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Don’t let 15 January provisional tax cause stress

Don’t let 15 January provisional tax cause stress 1200 630 Lee Stace

Paying 15 January provisional tax can be stressful and a pain in the derrière for many businesses – but it doesn’t have to be. There is an IRD-approved service that allows taxpayers to make this payment when it suits them. To understand why this might appeal, one must understand why 15 January provisional tax can…

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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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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

A $2400 IRD interest bill after underpaying an instalment of provisional tax by a mere 30 cents. This is just one example of how the programming issues within IRD’s system are currently affecting interest calculations for provisional taxpayers. IRD says it has seen cases where taxpayers have lost access to the safe harbour provision because…

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Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill: Have your say on provisional tax changes

Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill: Have your say on provisional tax changes 1200 630 Lee Stace

The Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill contains six amendments that IRD says will clarify and align provisional tax legislation with its system. The proposed amendments are: Eliminating the requirement to estimate at the final instalment date for provisional tax Clarifying the ‘lesser of’ calculation of interest for standard uplift taxpayers Clarifying the…

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Walker & Co Real Estate remedy big provisional tax problem

Walker & Co Real Estate remedy big provisional tax problem 1200 630 Lee Stace

Provisional tax is not without its challenges. Marc and Lee Walker from Walker & Co Real Estate know this all too well. The husband and wife duo do not take umbrage at paying tax. No siree Bob. It’s part and parcel of being in business. And they accept it ain’t going away. But they do…

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TMNZ stepping up for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand

TMNZ stepping up for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand 1200 630 Denise Pimentel

TMNZ staff are raising money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand by racing up the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere next month. Grace Evetts, Mara Fisher, Neil Bhattacharya, Jatin Sharma and Lee Stace – collectively known as the ‘TMNZ Fast Five’ – are participating in this year’s Step Up Sky Tower Stair Challenge…

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Accounting income method: When cashflow doesn’t match accounting profit

Accounting income method: When cashflow doesn’t match accounting profit 1200 630 Lee Stace

IRD’s marketing material boasts the accounting income method (AIM) means taxpayers only pay provisional tax when they make a profit. But what it neglects to convey is what happens if an AIM user making a profit has no money in their bank account to pay tax when it is due. The answer? Bad things. IRD…

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