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Can companies claim home office expenses?

Sole traders using home offices for business have long been able to claim deductions for home office expenses. Now, through lockdowns and increased accommodations for work-life balance, many businesses have employees working full or part-time from home. This raises questions about whether companies can claim home office expenses. If a company’s shareholder or director runs […]

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COVID-19 Business Support – New update

It’s important to keep current. Catch up with the detail below, including changes to resurgence support, wage subsidy payments and working from home (WFH) costs and reimbursements. Let us know if you’re worried about not being able to pay your tax on time, if your cashflow is dangerously low, or if you need access to capital. And if you’ve […]

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Covid-19 Update – Level 3

As areas of the country have moved to Alert Level 3, all of our team continue to work remotely, helping you to get through these challenging times and stay ahead. During Alert Level 3, you can still drop your information in our after-hours mailbox at 16 Bell Street, Whanganui if you are unable to send it […]

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Review your expenses – and save yourself money

Running a business will always mean incurring certain expenses, or ‘spend’. There are always costs, overheads and supplier bills that mount up – and these expenses will gradually chip away at your cash position, making it more difficult to grow and make a profit. So, what can you do to reduce your spend levels? And […]

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Rental tax changes are about to kick in – be ready

Earlier this year, the Government announced the removal of tax deductions on loan interest for rental properties. Previously, interest payments could be claimed as a business expense and taxed accordingly, giving property investment a tax advantage. Now, properties bought from April 2021 onwards will not be able to claim any tax deductions for the interest […]

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What’s the difference between financial accounting and management accounting?

You’re running a business, so you know the legal requirements around producing accounts and submitting tax returns. But do you truly know WHY you’ve engaged an accountant? And do you understand the value that a good accountant and business adviser can add to your company? As a business owner, managing director or CEO, there are […]

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Achieving your goals with the rocks, pebbles and sand mindset

Have you ever found yourself struggling to achieve your goals because you just don’t have enough time to commit to them? Chances are, you’re doing things back to front. Rocks, Pebbles and Sand is a simple, yet crucial, planning concept depicting that we’ll achieve more if we set our annual goals (or ‘rocks’) first, then […]

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Using the Value Ladder to increase sales

One of the best ways to increase sales is to use the Value Ladder to build a relationship with your customers. The higher the customer values their relationship with you, the more money they’re willing to spend. On the bottom rung of the Value Ladder, we have an initial offer of value. This should be […]

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Fees on utes – Three things you need to know.

Plenty of Kiwi businesses buy utes as company vehicles. If you’re in the trades, for instance, a ute can be the perfect way to haul everything around and promote your brand at the same time. However, the recently announced EV feebate scheme is likely to hit ute buyers the hardest, since these vehicles tend to […]

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How’s the forecast looking for your business?

Whenever we’re going on holiday or have plans for the weekend, we always check the weather forecast so we can plan accordingly.  It’s no different in business. The forecast tells us if there’s bad weather (poor cashflow) in store based on the direction we’re heading.  Your forecast will tell you:  If you have enough sales […]

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P is for purpose, not profit

Why does your business exist? Your purpose is three to seven words explaining why your business exists for your customers; it should be about them, not you. It is a small statement with immense power – your reason for being. EXAMPLES:Tesla: To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.Netflix: To entertain the world.Zoom: To make […]

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Now, where, how

For any sort of planning, whether it’s your Strategic Plan, Business Plan, or Personal Development Plan, you must first know your starting point to plan your journey to where you want to go. The Now, Where, How mindset helps us recognise where we are now, then clarify where we want to be in the future, […]

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The Golden Circle

Do you understand your ‘why’? Does your team understand it? How about your customers? Your ‘why’ is why your business exists for your customers (and it’s not to make a profit!). Your ‘why’ forms the centre of The Golden Circle – a concept developed by Simon Sinek in his book, Start With Why. The Golden Circle challenges us […]

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What’s the difference between financial accounting and management accounting?

You’re running a business, so you know the legal requirements around producing accounts and submitting tax returns. But do you truly know WHY you’ve engaged an accountant? And do you understand the value that a good accountant and business adviser can add to your company? As a business owner, managing director or CEO, there are […]

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5 signs you’re undercharging

Are you undercharging for your services? It can be hard to tell, particularly if you’re in a niche industry or you’re a contractor. Costs have been rising, so it may be time to rethink your own pricing. Here are five signs that you might be undercharging: Nobody ever questions your quotes – Do all your new […]

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Self-employed? Get the full KiwiSaver contribution

When you’re self-employed, you’re the one in charge of your KiwiSaver contributions. Without an employer to make contributions on your behalf, you need to decide how much you want to commit to your retirement fund, if anything. If you’re self-employed, why contribute to KiwiSaver? There are two main selling points for KiwiSaver if you’re self-employed. […]

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Buying or selling a small business? New tax could affect you

Thinking of buying or selling your business? A new tax rule comes into effect on 1 July 2021 that will have an impact on the way you negotiate. The new rule is designed to create more certainty in purchase price allocation, which is the way the purchase price is divided up between the various types […]

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BUDGET 2021: What’s in it for you?

Budget 2021 was all about big spending on benefits, health and infrastructure. With some critics saying the Government was spending too little and others saying it was racking up too much debt, Finance Minister Grant Robertson aimed to find a balance between the two. Not much for businesses For most Kiwi business owners, there were […]

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Can you claim clothing as a business expense?

We often get questions about what business expenses are tax deductible, and one of the more confusing topics is clothing. Most jobs have some sort of dress code – whether you wear suits and heels or overalls and steel-toed boots. Work clothes can be a significant expense for any business owner or employee. You only […]

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Minimum wage: expect more increases

With the minimum wage having recently increased to $20, you might be thinking that it won’t go up again for a while. But in fact you should probably plan for the minimum wage to keep rising. In 2000, New Zealand’s minimum wage was $7.55. Since then it has increased every year, under both National and Labour […]

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