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Published 16th September 2019 by RSM New Zealand Group

Make the most of the new RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Tax Incentive Program (R&D)

New Zealand’s recently introduced R&D Tax Incentive program offers some of the most generous
R&D funding benefits available across Asia Pacific. 

This tax incentive program will play a major role over the next 10 years in lifting New Zealand business R&D spend to an ambitious 2% of GDP (up from 0.63%) by the year 2030. It will also assist in countering the phasing out of the existing Callaghan Innovation Growth Grants due to end on 31 March 2021.

Published 16th September 2019 by KnowHow.co.nz

A significant number of clients over the last two months have been reducing their staffing levels in response to a weakening and uncertain economy.

Reasons for Restructuring
● Increases in the minimum rate from $15.75 in 2017 to $17.70 at 1 April 2019
● Anticipating the minimum rate increases in 2020 and 2021 (indicative rates of $18.90 and $20 respectively)
● Relativity pressure on wages as a result of the minimum rate increases and living wage pressure
● Increased regulation resulting in business decisions to shrink overheads, maintain profitability and “wait it out”
● A move to automation

Published 6th June 2019 by RSM New Zealand Group

Retirement has become a grey issue (excuse the pun) for business owners. No longer a straight line or finish line in the sand.

A growing proportion of the New Zealand population are living and working longer than ever before. Statistics New Zealand numbers suggest that over a quarter of New Zealand business owners are over 55, defying previous generations by illustrating a longer ability and willingness to stay in business.

Published 6th June 2019 by www.fullfocus.co.nz

Businesses that develop over time run the risk of not having all the things in place that make for a good business. This is especially so if it’s a family business. In the beginning it was you – self employed for the first time. Before you knew it there were others working alongside you. They may have been family members or friends, employees, subcontractors etc. This does not belittle where you’ve got to so far. Many businesses fail within the first 3 years of operation so you’ve done a good job to get to here.

 

Published 11th March 2019 by Duncan Cotterill

On Wednesday (22 August 2018), the Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018 (Amendment Act) became law. The new laws will come into force on or before 22 October 2018.  The Amendment Act brings “residential land” within the existing Overseas Investment Act, such that any overseas person who wishes to buy or lease residential or lifestyle land (of any size) will, in almost all cases, need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent.  

A general overview of the new residential land provisions is contained in our separate update: New OIO laws bring changes for residential land, forestry and horticulture.  This update contains more detail on how the changes will impact on the property development sector.

Published 3rd December 2018 by www.momentumfinancial.co.nz

In 2006 ACC research showed that, of all the businesses that ceased trading, 67% did so because of illness or injury to a key person in the business. What that says is too many businesses are not applying a “risk management plan” across all aspects of their business. 

Putting an effective plan in place requires a relatively small commitment by owners in time but can be instrumental in ensuring the continuity of a business following the temporary or permanent loss of a key person or owner.

Published 3rd December 2018 by D H Lawyers

Succession planning is an essential consideration for all businesses, especially where the owner is considering exiting from the business within the next 5 years.

Published 3rd December 2018 by Anonymous

Do I have what it takes?

Running your own business can mean long, unpredictable days, with little respite until you start to make a profit. Reaching that milestone can take years.

You’ll need to be:

Passionate: If not, you’ll find it hard to keep going when you hit a hurdle.

Prepared to make sacrifices: You’ll have less money to spend and may have to give up hobbies and social activities, at least while the business is getting up and running. Make sure your family is prepared for changes, too.

Published 3rd December 2018 by Anonymous

There are now two ways of working out the use of home calculation. Inland Revenue will provide a standard rate per square metre for variable costs such as power, telephone/mobile/Internet...

Published 20th June 2018 by McDonald Vague Limited

1  Accounts Receivable Process - A poor accounts receivable process will result in debtor days (the time between billing and banking) being too high. This will stifle your cashflow.