Covid

Support for commercial rent disputes

Many commercial lease arrangements in New Zealand have been affected by the response to COVID-19. Tenants may be unable to pay their rent as their business is not fully operating or generating sufficient income. Landlords may also be unable to meet their mortgage payments.

How do you invoice during a crisis?

It’s not easy to request payment right now but it is important to keep cash flowing into your business. As with all business dealings at them moment, a little empathy and a lot of open communication can go a long way.

Cashflow and cost control crucial now

Keeping everything running is the priority for now, whether you’re in recovery or growth mode. Regular cashflow forecasts will help you make informed decisions. And controlling your costs will potentially free up cash. We share more here.

How carry back of tax losses can help you through COVID-19

As part of the Government’s Covid-19 response, on 30 April 2020 legislation was passed under urgency that allows tax losses to be offset against income derived in a previous year, thereby enabling the taxpayer to obtain a refund comprising prior year income tax paid. This temporary tax loss carry-back scheme is available to most taxpayers, e.g. trusts, companies and individuals.

Pandemic rules that get you thinking

As we’ve moved through our COVID-19 alert levels, it’s taken some time for the rules to be refined and communicated. Not to make light of the importance of the rules, other countries have adopted some ‘interesting’ lockdown directions.

Insolvency relief

The Government is introducing urgent law changes to the Companies Act to give directors temporary relief from potential personal liability when the business faces significant liquidity problems.  The changes will not cover serious breaches of duty.

COVID-19 economic response package and you

The rapid escalation of New Zealand’s official response to COVID-19 is having impact on our business community - in some cases, it’s already significant. We believe that business owners and managers, ourselves included, will find dealing with the coming months challenging.  We want to assure you that we are here to support you.

Employee phones and PAYE / FBT

The devil is in the detail and there are conditions around employees using mobile phones and how PAYE and FBT rules apply. Recently Inland Revenue provided an easy rule of thumb for employers to adopt.