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Schedule PAYE tax payments early to avoid hefty penalties

Coffee and alarm clock: how scheduling PAYE payments can help avoid penalites

If you file your PAYE returns on time but forget to pay the full amount of PAYE by the due date, Inland Revenue may charge a non-payment penalty as well as late payment penalties and interest.

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Small work truck: a new method for calculating expense claims on mixed-use vehicles

From the 2018 income year on there are two methods for calculating the business portion of a mixed-use vehicle:

  • cost method based on actual costs, or;
  • kilometre rate method, with that rate being set by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
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Our July "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with Ean Brown Partner's July hot desking date

Small work truck: a new method for calculating expense claims on mixed-use vehicles
Do you know ...?

About the kilometre rate method for claiming expenses on the business portion of mixed-use vehicles?

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IRD to adopt leniency due to online GST processing issues

Inland Revenue have advised the problems with their online system for filing GST returns have now been resolved.

They acknowledge myIR has been slow or unavailable recently, which may have caused frustration and inconvenience to customers who have been trying to use the online services.

Due to these issues, Inland Revenue have confirmed they will not apply late filing and late payment penalties to GST returns due yesterday for the period ended 31 May 2018, if they are filed and payments made by Wednesday, 4 July.

They apologise to their customers for any negative impact the service issues have had.

House on farm: should accommodation be included in farm employee's gross wages?

Question: We have heard we have to add the value of the accommodation we provide to our farm employee on to their gross wages. Is this true?

Answer: Yes, that's correct. Many farm employees are employed on an agreed gross weekly or fortnightly wage, and in addition they either board in the farmer's home, or the employer provides a house for them. The value of the board or accommodation provided to your employee is taxable income and should be treated as gross income to them.

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Claas harvester in field: how to distinguish allowances and benefits to farm workers

Farm employees are often paid allowances or receive benefits from their employer as part of their employment agreement.

Some of these allowances will be tax-free in the hands of the employee. Others will need to be taken into account when calculating their wages and corresponding PAYE deductions, as the value of the benefit is deemed to be part of their gross income. Others may be caught under the Fringe Benefit rules.

It is important to be able to distinguish the different types of allowances and benefits so that the correct accounting and tax treatment is made.

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Our June "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with Ean Brown Partner's June hot desking date

Small home office - home office expense claims - which method is best for you?
"Home office expense claims - which method is best for you?" - EBP blog

Did you know about the new simplified option for calculating your home office tax deductions?

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Home office expense claims - which method is best for you?

Woman working from home office: home office expense claims - which method is best for you?

If you have a home office or use an area in your home for work purposes, you now have two options for calculating the amount you can claim as a tax deduction:

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Beef+Lamb NZ Farm Safety System workshops in Northland

Farmer on quad bike: Beef+Lamb NZ presenting free Farm Safety Management workshops in Northland

Beef + Lamb New Zealand have developed a Safety Management System for farmers, which they are presenting throughout the country in a series of one-day workshops.

On Thursday 31 May 2018 they are presenting a workshop in Tangiteroria, and on Friday 1 June 2018 they will be at Whananaki North.

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MyACC for Business - why you should check your ACC levy invoice

ACC logo with arrow cursor icon overlaid: MyACC for Business - why you should check your ACC levy invoices

ACC has recently replaced ACC Online with MyACC for Business, with the aim of providing new and improved online services to their business customers.

Like the introduction of any new computer system there are the usual glitches and stumbling blocks, and ACC are occasionally relaying incorrect information to customers who contact their call centres.

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Our May "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with Ean Brown Partner's May hot desking date

Desktop, laptop, tablet - how using technology and digital tools can help businesses of every size improve productivity
"How small businesses can use tech to be more productive" - business.govt.nz

Are you leveraging technology to work smarter, not harder?

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2018 herd scheme values have been released by Inland Revenue

Group of brown and white cows with green grass in foreground and blue sky and sun in background: 2018 Herd Scheme values

In May each year, Inland Revenue release their determination of national average market values (NAMVs) of livestock for the prior financial year.

The NAMVs are used by taxpayers who have elected to value livestock using the herd scheme to value their livestock on hand for that income year.

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Our April "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with Ean Brown Partner's April hot desking date

Desktop monitor with teal background, showing Inland Revenue's logo and 'myIR Secure Online Services' text
Inland Revenue have now completed their system upgrades

Are you finding your way around the new My Business tab?

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UPDATE! PAYE reporting - an overview of the proposed changes

Grid of 6 squares showing people in various professions, with text 'proposed changes to PAYE reporting' overlaid, and a red line through 'proposed'

Further to our blog post from 15 December 2017, Parliament has now passed legislation enabling payday filing. This requires employers and payroll intermediaries to file employment information (similar to an Employer Monthly Schedule) every payday instead of monthly.

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Celebrating our team's achievements!

'Congratulations' in black script, surrounded by multi-coloured confetti

We have some staff achievements to celebrate! We already know we have a fabulous team, but it's always good to be reminded of their amazing individual achievements.

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Meet The Team

Ean Brown
Director/ Chartered Accountant
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Barbara Collinson
Team Manager/ Chartered Accountant
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Andrea Allen
Chartered Accountant
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Flynn O'Meara
Chartered Accountant
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Jared Slatter
Chartered Accountant
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Jessie Alison
Chartered Accountant
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Pam Brown
Accounting Technician
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Sally Adams
Chartered Accountant
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Valeria Maw
Chartered Accountant
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Vicki Cozens
Chartered Accountant
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Bonny Rowson
Administration
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Julie Jenkins
Administration
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Renee Marais
Reception
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Sheila Ujdur
Administration
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