The EBP Tradies Quiz - how many did you get right?

As promised in our recent Carters Trade Breakfast blog post, here are the answers to our Tradies Quiz. Did you get all five questions correct?

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Inland Revenue will soon be running a Disaster Recovery (DR) test across their online customer channels. The purpose of the test is to ensure Inland Revenue is able to continue its operations in the event of a disaster.

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Toolbelt closeup with 'Ean Brown Partners Ltd: We Know Tradies' text

Carters hosted a Trade Breakfast recently, and EBP attended in order to meet and chat with busy tradies before their very hectic days commenced.

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Our October "hot desking" date at The Orchard

Partial cheque and envelope: why it's time to switch from paying tax to Inland Revenue with post-dated cheques

Inland Revenue have announced that from 1 February 2019 they will no longer accept post-dated cheques for tax payments.

Previously Inland Revenue would honour post-dated cheques by not presenting them until the date shown, allowing customers to submit cheque payments ahead of their tax due date.

However with the increased use of electronic methods for making payments, Inland Revenue want to encourage their customers to make the switch from using cash and cheques.

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Cashmanager RURAL wagebook will not update for payday filing

Keyboard with 'updates' key - Cashmanager RURAL will not update wagebook for payday filing

Our recent blog post on payday filing triggered some of our clients to contact us and enquire how the change will be handled in Cashmanager RURAL's wagebook.

CRS Software Ltd have confirmed in a news article on their website they will not be updating their wagebook for payday filing. 

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Dargaville out of office - Friday 26 October 2018

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Due to all-staff training being undertaken in our Whangarei office, we advise

our Dargaville office

will be closed on Friday, 26 October 2018

Our Whangarei office will be open for business as usual.

The Dargaville office will re-open again at 8:30am on Monday, 29 October 2018 .

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

Flynn welcomed as a member of CA ANZ

Graduation caps up in air - Flynn O'Meara qualifies as a Chartered Accountant
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We recently celebrated Flynn O'Meara being acknowledged at an awards event as a new member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, making him a Chartered Accountant and able to use the letters 'CA' after his name.

He was presented with a certificate at the CA ANZ Northland Gala Event 2018 on Thursday 13 September, held at the Whangarei Cruising Club.

Becoming a Chartered Accountant requires many years of studying, examinations and on-the-job training, so it is rather a momentous achievement. Well done Flynn!

Check out some of his photos from the awards ceremony below:

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AML/CFT - what is it and what does it mean for me?

As of today Accountants will now come under the obligations of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (or AML/CFT).

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The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 1

When starting up a business, a lot of small business owners are like impressive power-house dynamos, working in, on, and for the business, in every possible capacity: CEO, CFO, stock controller, salesperson, marketer, IT guru, PR specialist - as well as making their own coffees and taking out the rubbish.

It's impressive, admirable, and sometimes just plain necessary in those early cash-strapped days. But it is definitely not sustainable. In order to grow a business - and not completely burn out in the process - there comes a point when you need to take stock of your skills, time and resources, and know when to start bringing in outside help.

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Our September "hot desking" date at The Orchard

Ean Brown Partners Ltd will be 'hot desking' at The Orchard on 21 September 2018

Inland Revenue's payday filing logo
Are you ready ...

For payday filing?

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Payday filing - are you ready for April 2019?

It's time to shift to payday filing

Payday filing has been available to employers since April 2018, and from 1 April 2019 it will become mandatory.

Inland Revenue have been writing to employers to remind them to start preparing for the shift to payday filing.

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Miniature farmer & tractor: can our farm manager go away on holiday for two weeks?!

Question: Our farm manager wants to go on holiday for two weeks and take his son, who also works for us. The manager started with us 16 months ago; the son started nine months ago and says he has 11 days annual leave accrued.

We can't do without our farm manager for two whole weeks! And with his son going as well, that leaves us with no-one to milk the cows. Are they allowed to go on leave together? Can we tell him he can take one week's holiday at a time?

Answer: Once your farm manager reached his one year anniversary of employment with you he became entitled to four weeks of annual leave, and you must allow him to take at least two weeks of that as uninterrupted holidays.

As his son has not been employed by you for a full year he is not entitled to paid leave at this stage.

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Our August "hot desking" date at The Orchard

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

Brick layer with blue sky background: employee vs contractor - what's the difference?
Do you know ...

The difference between an employee and an independent contractor?

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Employee vs independent contractor - what's the difference?

Brick layer with blue sky background: employee vs contractor - what's the difference?

There are quite distinct differences between employees and independent contractors, although sometimes it can prove difficult to definitively categorise a worker as one or the other. For this reason the courts have developed a number of legal tests to help businesses classify workers.

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Andrea Allen
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Flynn O'Meara
Chartered Accountant
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Jared Slatter
Chartered Accountant/ commercial specialist
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Jessie Alison
Chartered Accountant/ tax specialist
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Chartered Accountant
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Vicki Cozens
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