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NZ CA is an association of independent Chartered Accounting firms, proactively working together for the benefit of our clients.

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

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.

Overview of key points includes:
● 15% tax credit rate per year (should certain criteria be met)
● A minimum R&D spend of $50,000 per year
● $120 million cap on eligible expenditure
● Applies from 1 April 2019 for businesses undertaking eligible R&D activities

Refund parameters:
● In the first year there is a refund cap of up to a maximum of $255,000 – reflective of an R&D spend
of $1.7 million (refundable provided certain criteria are met)
● R&D tax credits not refunded are carried forward (subject to shareholder continuity rules applying to losses as per the Income Tax Act 2007)
● Tax credits applied as refunds can be coupled with the R&D Tax Loss cash-out regime which can result in up to 43% refunds on R&D spend
● In the first year the maximum amount of R&D tax refund available is $255k + $476k R&D tax loss
refund cap
● Special rules apply to the management of tax loss cash-outs in future tax years

Defining R&D eligible activities:
To meet R&D tax incentive criteria, R&D projects must contain at least one ‘core’ R&D activity. Factors determining eligibility will include whether a business can confirm if:
● Proposed activity is included/ excluded under schedule 21 of the Income Tax Act 2007
● Eligible R&D activity is undertaken in/out of New Zealand (although eligibility is limited for work
outside of New Zealand)
● Material purpose of the activity will create new/improved knowledge, processes, services or oods, or resolve scientific or technological uncertainty
● Work is undertaken in an organised and planned manner and is able to formulate and test possible outcomes

Note: R&D activity will not be ‘core’ if the knowledge required to resolve scientific or technological
uncertainty is:
● Publicly available, or
● Deducible by a competent professional in that relevant field

Support in claiming Tax Incentives 
Claiming R&D tax incentives is easy with the right advice and documentation. We are able to provide support in determining eligibility of opportunities to maximize additional tax credits and refunds enabling greater investment into your ongoing R&D program.

The Government has committed $1 billion over the next four years, for this program. Speak to us now about establishing a correct governance and documentation process to take full advantage of this program.

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RSM New Zealand Group

RSM consists of three New Zealand member firms of the global international audit, tax and consulting group - RSM. RSM is represented by three local, long standing firms in New Zealand, RSM New Zealand (Auckland) Limited and RSM New Zealand (Auckland North) Limited and specialist audit and assurance firm RSM Hayes Audit. The legacy of the representative firms spans over 70 years in Auckland and offer local knowledge and worldwide connections which allow us to provide the best possible resources for our clients.

RSM provides a full range of accounting and advisory services and we are committed to helping you grow your business. As well as what you would expect from your accountant, we also provide specialist services in Audit, Tax and Business Consultancy to clients across a diversity of industry sectors.

As a firm we provide strong service benefits to our clients. Our simple structure enhances business efficiencies and underpins our client focused culture, ensuring ready access to our partners and senior team members.

We seek to bring you the best of both worlds. Expert local experience combined with the sixth largest international accounting network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms.

Region: Auckland

Phone: 0800 774 623

Accounting HQ Limited

Accounting HQ Limited is a client focussed chartered accounting firm. We believe in supporting our clients in all their financial matters and although we are a small friendly local firm we do offer a full range of accounting services for all requirements.
Accounting HQ Limited Chartered Accountants (CA) came from the merger of the Iles Casey Partnership, Farquhar Accountants Limited and Graeme Lee & Associates Limited, Chartered Accountant practices.

Region: Bay of Plenty

Phone: 07 348 7066

Brophy Knight Limited

Brophy Knight Ltd is a Chartered Accounting firm located in Ashburton, the capital of Mid Canterbury.

We are a member firm of NZCA, a New Zealand wide group of independent Chartered accounting firms focused on providing clients with a quality service.

We act for a diverse range of clients in Mid Canterbury and throughout New Zealand.

We are committed to forming close partnerships with our clients. This way we can understand your unique situation and customise the assistance we provide to suit your needs. Our commitment to excellence is evident in the hardworking nature of our staff, and the exceptional service we offer.

Region: Canterbury

Phone: 03 307 9051

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Phone: 06 835 5299

Naylor Lawrence

At NLA we believe that a good accountant will ensure your compliance and tax is completed to standard and on time. However, a great accountant will take the time to understand your vision for growing your business and help you plan the journey to achieve it. With some checks along the way!

Our team has the expertise to assist your business, whether it’s big or small, just starting out, or needing some fine tuning. We don’t just offer services – we offer personalised solutions for each of our clients.

Region: Manawatu/Wanganui

Phone: 06 357 0640

Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants Ltd

With over 50 years combined experience in New Zealand, Wallace Diack is committed to providing a comprehensive range of practical accounting services for today's economic environment that help you realise your goals.

We appreciate that selecting a firm to entrust with your accounting requirements is an important decision, intensified by rapid economic changes, increases in competitive pressures, and resource availability. With our benchmarking, cash flow forecasting, and other tools, Wallace Diack is well placed to help you make an informed decision.

Region: Nelson/Marlborough

Phone: (03) 578 7389

Sudburys Limited

Sudburys look after business owners providing solutions in all areas related to accounting, finance and wealth management. They work alongside their clients, from supporting them with their daily accounting needs, to providing them with valued business advice.

Region: Northland

Phone: (09) 430 4888

Flannery Tait

Flannery Tait Chartered Accountants is based in Alexandra with a satellite office in Cromwell.  The firm offers a variety of accounting services to clients who are located mostly in the Central Otago area.

Our Directors and staff have a great deal of experience built up over the past 30+ years and take pride in providing clients with a high-quality service at a competitive price. We are also actively involved in the local community and support many not for profit and
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Region: Otago

Phone: 03 448 8060

McIntyre Dick Limited

McIntyre Dick is a vibrant, driven, and people focused firm of Business Advisors and Chartered Accountants leading the industry in Southland, New Zealand. They’re dedicated to delivering exceptional service and strive to put time, mind and money back in their clients’ hands.

Region: Southland

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Harris Taylor Limited

The Accountancy world is constantly changing and highly competitive. At Harris Taylor their challenge is to stay ahead of the competition by providing the best possible service, whilst ensuring that client satisfaction remains our primary motivation and ultimate goal.

Region: Taranaki

Phone: 06 278 5058

gfa Chartered Accountants

gfa Chartered Accountants Ltd was formed on 1 April 2018 by Merv Gyde and Lance Fielder, two experienced Chartered Accountants based in Te Awamutu.

The name is an acronym for Guidance, Friendship and Acumen and reflects Merv and Lance and their teams approach to working with our clients.

It is based on the philosophical concept of Friends first, business later and forms the basis of the relationship between advisor and client, that in turn then allows the advisor to better understand the client's position and work with them to achieve their goals.

Region: Waikato

Phone: 07 872 6444

Southey Sayer

Offering a full range of accounting and business development services, tailored to meet the needs of each individual client. The wide range of expertise and experience within the firm is shared amongst the partners and their teams for their clients benefit. Services and products offered are fully flexible there will be no expectation to conform to a certain product or pricing structure.

Region: Wairarapa

Phone: (06) 370 0811

BW Miller Dean Ltd

BW Miller Dean Ltd was formed on 1 April 2016 with the merger of two long standing Wellington chartered accountancy practices: BW Chartered Accountants Ltd and Miller Dean Chartered Accountants Ltd. 

BW Miller Dean pride themselves on building relationships based on trust with clients through personal, individual attention, and always being available to help their clients with specialist Accounting or Finance functions when needed.

Region: Wellington

Phone: 04 910 3340

Marshall & Heaphy Limited

Central to the culture of the team that has been developed over their history, is the belief that successful and sustainable businesses are the backbone for the West Coast community. Great businesses create jobs, keeping people and family together on the Coast, building a sustainable community.

Region: West Coast

Phone: 03 768 7186