August 2021

Paid parental leave for who?

A recently released UNICEF report suggests that New Zealand’s child-care policies remain inferior among OECD countries, despite an increase to paid-parental leave introduced from July this year.

Luatola Semisi | Being alone with your thoughts is OK

Learning to be comfortable in her own thoughts, is one of the key benefits that Luatolu Semisi gained from her time at a 21-day Outward Bound programme, supported by Moore Markhams.

Stability and succession

The challenge of a global pandemic has emphasised the importance of a stable workforce. This is giving rise to an increase in the number of employee share scheme arrangements being put in place.

The ‘ute’ – Kiwi icon or tax dodge

It now appears Inland Revenue may be directed to crack down on the application of FBT to utes and enforce the view that they may not qualify as a work-related vehicle. While on the other hand, the Government is incentivising the purchase of electric vehicles.

Kitchens For Less | Kitchen renos running hot

It’s all hands on deck at Otago firm Kitchens For Less as Covid-confined Kiwis splash out on new kitchens as would-be travellers divert holiday funds to renovations, with kitchens often top of the list.

Cryptocurrencies – Are they on your radar?

Inland Revenue has released various forms of guidance on the topic of ‘crypto-assets’, which encompasses cryptocurrencies. This guidance is varied and somewhat contradictory. In general, crypto-assets are treated as a form of property for tax purposes.

Sanders Pharmacy | A winning strategy to business growth

Gemma Perry doesn’t believe in sitting on her laurels. Owner of Sanders Pharmacy in Te Awamutu, and a former New Zealand Young Pharmacist of the Year, Gemma and her team were named Community Pharmacy of the Year at this year’s Primary Healthcare Awards.

‘New builds’ discussion document

Inland Revenue’s “Design of the interest limitation rule and additional bright-line rules” document provides clarification on the proposed rules and seeks feedback on certain elements regarding the tax deductibility of interest on residential investment properties and the extension of the bright-line period to 10 years. 

Self-employed and your meals

If you’re self-employed as a sole-trader, you have a greater degree of flexibility and control of your business affairs but you may be disadvantaged in how income and expenditure is calculated compared to a company. Tax deductible meal allowance for one.

Olympic pandemic

The 2020 Olympics held in 2021 was like no other. Here’s some facts to consider about the impact the Covid pandemic had on this global event.

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