Happy New Year

Thank you for your business in 2023. For business owners, the New Year is often the time of year when you reflect on where you are at and think about your business goals for the year ahead. These could be lofty goals, or even setting out a plan to achieve some more...

What to look out for when buying a business

Buying an established business is a great way to enter into the business world, or to expand your existing business empire. But purchasing a company isn’t something to enter into lightly. Becoming the prospective owner of a new business means doing your homework,...

5 things to know when you’re applying for a home loan

Thinking of applying for a home loan? Here are some tips to help you prepare an application that’s more likely to be approved. You may need to go on a financial diet before you apply - When you apply for a mortgage, a bank will typically analyse the statements for all...

What will a National-led government mean for your taxes?

We don’t yet know exactly how the new National-led coalition government will be formed. But we do know that National pledged to make some major changes to tax if it came into power. Here are some of the changes that could affect you: Tweaks to tax brackets National...

Grow with the (cash) flow

Steady cash flow is the fuel that powers your business, but when you’re busy doing a million things at once it can easily slip to the bottom of the priority pile. Here are some tips to keep the cash flowing while you’re growing: Invoice quickly - good debtor...

Understanding your Financial Statements

You may be used to thinking of financial statements purely in terms of your annual tax return but for success in business they need to be much more than that. As a business owner/operator, it is essential that you understand your financial position. Understanding the...

Provisional tax – for business owners

As a new business owner, it's important you understand the provisional tax system as it affects your business. In your first year of business, you can receive a significant tax deferral. Your first year's tax bill is, in some cases, not payable until 7 April the...

Plain English guide to cashflow

Why is cashflow so central to good financial management? Here's our plain english guide. What is cashflow? Cashflow refers to the movement of money into and out of your business over a specific period. In the most basic terms, cashflow is the process of cash moving...

GST apportionment and adjustment

GST apportionment has been around for a long time, but it has changed over the years. You can claim input tax deductions on purchases of goods and services you use to make taxable supplies. Where assets are used both to make taxable supplies and for private use, you...

How to apply for a business loan

Need some extra cash to take your business to the next level, but daunted by the loan process? You're not alone. There's a lot of paperwork and number-crunching involved. Before you get started, remember that banks wants your application to succeed as the interest you...
How high will mortgage rates go?

How high will mortgage rates go?

The latest inflation data gave the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) and economists a bit of a shock. At 7.2%, it was much higher than anyone had forecast, and it means the RBNZ is likely to be more aggressive with its official cash rate rises. A higher official cash (OCR) rate...

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Don’t burn out this winter!

Don’t burn out this winter!

It’s tough going for business owners this winter. Illness is rampaging through the community – it’s hitting staff, suppliers, clients and schools, creating disruption throughout the economy. With the labour market tight, businesses are already understaffed. Add high...

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IRD says ‘No more Mr Nice Guy’

IRD says ‘No more Mr Nice Guy’

Inland Revenue was taking a much more relaxed approach to outstanding tax debt during 2020 and 2021 – but now it’s ready to crack down. Since the start of July, it has stepped up its efforts to pursue outstanding amounts from local businesses. PAYE and KiwiSaver...

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Managing farm debt

Managing farm debt

If you’re feeling uncertain about your next year of farming, you’re not alone. Farmer confidence is low, with more than 11% of respondents to a Federated Farmers survey expecting profit to drop over the next year. Whatever your position, it’s always beneficial to talk...

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Wellbeing Budget 2022 – overview

Wellbeing Budget 2022 – overview

The 2022 Budget responds to concerns around inflation, the housing and cost-of-living crises, climate change, and business sectors signalling they’re still trying to recover from blows dealt by the pandemic. Not surprisingly, a huge slice is allocated to health, $13b...

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What does Budget 2022 mean for you?

What does Budget 2022 mean for you?

With the cost of living soaring, interest rates rising and house prices falling, Budget 2022 aimed to deliver a little something to help the average household. So what’s in it for you? Support for rising household prices You get to enjoy at least some of the benefits...

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