Don't forget - minimum wage rates increase 1 April

Hand holding NZ $5 note, with other denominations lying on a tabletop

With 1 April only a few days away, don't forget to check your employees' wage rates ahead of the minimum wage increasing to $16.50.

Read more…

A reminder that daylight saving ends this weekend when the clocks are put back one hour at 2am on Sunday morning, 1 April 2018.

Read more…

Are you prepared for 31 March? Get your books in shape now

Arm lifting a dumbbell with books as weights

It feels like the 2018 calendar year has only just begun, yet the beginning of the 2019 financial year almost upon us - where have those three months gone?

Depending on your level of preparedness, the approach of 31 March could be a time of high stress or just another date in your business calendar which you take into your stride.

To help you fall into the latter category, we've compiled a short checklist of items within your business which you should review and action now, to help close off your 2018 financial year in tip top shape.

Read more…

Cartoon of three hands contributing money to stack of textbooks and graduation cap

Did you know ... Inland Revenue add a $40 administration fee each year to your student loan balance?

The fee is charged on the 1st of April if the outstanding balance is $20 or more on that date.

With 1 April 2018 not too far away, if you are close to paying off your student loan it may be beneficial to make a voluntary payment now to clear the balance, before the administration fee is due to be charged.

Have any questions regarding your student loan? Feel free to contact us - we will be happy to assist.

Our March "hot desking" date at The Orchard

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

Tear-off daily calendar page with 'March 31 Financial Year End' showing
Look what's looming ...
'Shocked' emoji

Read more…

Workplace accidents - the importance of reporting to WorkSafe

Infographic image showing pen & paper, yellow 'warning' sign, first aid suitcase, ambulance, and calendar & clock

The recent media release by WorkSafe serves as a timely reminder to check that your Health and Safety reporting processes include clear directions on the how's and when's to notify WorkSafe of serious accident or illness events.

In brief, WorkSafe reported on a company that was fined over $98,000, plus ordered to pay reparations of $24,000, for an incident where a worker required surgery and hospitalisation for head injuries and a skull fracture, sustained after 200kg of plasterboard fell on them.

Read more…

We are presenting FREE Xero seminars - register today!

FREE SEMINARS

on Xero accounting software

Read more…

Our February "hot desking" date at The Orchard

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

Brunette holding calculator and pencil slumped over pile of messy paperwork Woman with hands behind head and feet up on coffee table with coffee mug and open laptop

Which of these describes you
when hearing the word "payroll"?

Read more…

Group of black/white cows with green grass in foreground and blue sky in background

In January each year, Inland Revenue release their determination of national standard costs (NSCs) of livestock for the financial year. The NSCs are used by taxpayers who have elected to value livestock using the national standard cost scheme, to value their livestock on hand for that income year.

The NSCs for the 2017/2018 year were released on 1 February 2018.  Click here to see these values, as well as the 2016/2017 year values for comparative purposes.

Employment law changes 2018 - what to expect

Groups of people reflecting on shiny floor and silhouetted against sunset

 

Employment law's ever-changing landscape is seeing another raft of new and upcoming changes.

If you are an employer or an employee, you could potentially be affected by some or all of these. Here is a quick run-down on what to expect:

Read more…

Out of office - Monday 5 February 2018

Dark grey circle icon with white words 'Out of Office' inside

With Waitangi Day falling on Tuesday, we advise our offices in Whangarei and Dargaville

will be closed on Monday, 5 February 2018

We re-open at 8:30am on Wednesday, 7 February 2018

If you wish to email us we will tend to your inquiry on our return, however for urgent matters
please contact Ean Brown on 0274 723 875

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

Workplace Health and Safety consultants - not a quick fix

Safety boots, gloves and hard hat, covered with two crossed band aids

With increased focus being put on health and safety within workplaces, there has been a large increase in the number of health and safety professionals in the marketplace.

Many small businesses feel they do not have the time or skills to comply with the new regulations and are tempted to engage an adviser. Now WorkSafe has issued a warning to businesses to carry out their due diligence when considering engaging the services of an H&S consultant.

Read more…

Two-factor authentication - stop hackers at the gate

Cyber-hacker wearing hoodie working on laptop behind closed iron gates

Passwords - they are both the saviour and bane of our modern world. We all want and need to protect our data, however the barrage of sites, apps and devices requiring unique and hard-to-guess passwords is frankly overwhelming. Most people will have experienced the frustration of being locked out of their own accounts by forgetting a login or password.

The common temptation to use an simple password, and then re-use it across many sites, puts us at high risk of cyber-attacks. Once obtained, this password will be all a hacker needs to access our digital lives, including identity and banking information. This is where two-factor authentication comes in.

Read more…

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

If you are an employer you will be aware of the ever-evolving rules for compliance to meet the requirements of Inland Revenue and other government bodies. You'll also know this often involves a lot of administrative work on the part of the business owner in order to meet these obligations.

Read more…

Silver three-way fishing hook with blue Xero logo hooked on one

If your creditors issue you invoices via their Xero accounting software you will probably be familiar with the basic format of these emails.

Read more…
Related Pages:

Meet The Team

Ean Brown
Director/ Chartered Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Barbara Collinson
Team Manager/ Chartered Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Andrea Allen
Chartered Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Jared Slatter
Chartered Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Pam Brown
Accounting Technician
FIND OUT MORE
Sally Adams
Chartered Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Suzie Dossett
Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Vicki Cozens
Chartered Accountant
FIND OUT MORE
Bonny Rowson
Administration
FIND OUT MORE
Julie Jenkins
Administration
FIND OUT MORE
Renee Marais
Reception
FIND OUT MORE
Sheila Ujdur
Administration
FIND OUT MORE
Meet more of the team

Contact / Connect