Recent Blog Posts

Inland Revenue now accepting mobile calls to its 0800 numbers

1st May 2017

As from today, IRD has announced that it has restored its acceptance of calls from mobile phones to its 0800 numbers. Although it had accepted mobile calls previously it discontinued accepting calls for a sustained period. So it’s back.

This will assist taxpayers who don’t maintain traditional phone services.

ACC Levy rates 2017/2018 - confirmed rates

23rd March 2017

In calculating premiums charged to businesses, industry classifications have differing premium rates based on ACC’s assessment of risk, cost and frequency of injury within the industry. Premiums are higher in industries where these are higher. Therefore it is important that your industry classification is appropriate and matches the type of business.

Tax Changes 1 April 2017- Part 2 (Contractors)

23rd March 2017

We previously advised that contractors can select any rate of withholding tax with a minimum of 10% when the requirement for deduction comes in on 1 April 2017. More detail about this is now available and reveals that the deductions are more comprehensive than anticipated from the Budget announcements.

Summarily, if you invoice an IT services, recruitment or other labour hire company for your contract services, then the company will be required to deduct withholding tax from all payments to you from 1 April 2017. This change now applies to those contracting through companies.

Special Announcement: MTM Accounting to merge with Dowse Murray Chartered Accountants

23rd March 2017

MTM Accounting is merging with Dowse Murray Chartered Accountants

We are excited to announce the merger of MTM Accounting Ltd with Dowse Murray Chartered Accountants Ltd from 1 April 2017. The merger will enable both firms to improve efficiencies and provide a higher level of service to clients.

Tax changes 1 April 2017- Part 1

3rd February 2017

This will enable taxpayers, especially close companies and trusts they manage, to consider more widely whether to retain their income in those entities rather than passing that income through to individuals. Until now, since use of money interest applied from August of the financial year for amounts over $2,500, it often made economic sense to account for income individually so as not to incur the interest.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

20th December 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and allowing us to work with you on your business goals. We wish you seasons greetings, a happy and safe holiday time, and a New Year full of health, happiness and prosperity.

ACC Levy rates 2017/2018 and 2018/2019

14th December 2016

Levy consultation has completed and the Government has confirmed the following for 2018 and 2019:

Trust Law - changes are coming

24th November 2016

Family trusts are a common structure used to secure the family home and other valuable assets from creditors and assist in succession planning and inheritances. It is estimated that 15% of family homes in New Zealand are owned by a family trust.

Why So Many Websites Are Blue

21st September 2016

A recent article provided an interesting answer to the question of why so many websites feature the colour blue (yes, we acknowledge we're a little guilty of that ourselves). Blue is also the colour of Xero, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Inland Revenue, BNZ, ANZ among others. The article indicated that Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook is blue because he is red-green colourblind, and, anecdotally, Google has said the colour clicked best in rigorous A/B tests.

IMPORANT Reminder Regarding Phishing Calls

25th June 2016

After hearing from some clients today wondering about calls they supposedly received from IRD about unpaid tax, losses, filing with the courts and other stories, it is important to remember warnings issued that these are scams. Inland Revenue has far more information about you and would not ask for details being requested by the scammers. If you answer a phone call, do not give out your personal and other details to them. If they leave a phone message, ignore it. Here is a link to information published by Inland Revenue about these scams.