Iain Blakeley

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Easy fix costs Rugby League Club

Easy fix costs Rugby League Club

Keeping up with your tax obligations can sometimes seem a drag: forms to be filled in, changes to keep abreast of and an incessant focus on the detail. Mistakes can be costly. A few dollars here and there might be overlooked but get it much more wrong and you can be...

IRD wants to hear from employers

IRD wants to hear from employers

IRD wants to know what employers think of their proposals for correcting and adjusting PAYE filings. This recently released officials' paper sets out the background and proposals: http://taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz/publications/2017-ip-paye-error-correction/overview A tax...

Vat audits- the whole story

EY's digitally interactive report on managing indirect tax disputes is definitely worth a read. http://www.ey.com/indirectcontroversy The report has a host of useful information about modern indirect tax audits, common errors and how smart businesses are managing...

What’s the IRD working on?

IRD has published its Public Rulings work programme for 2014/15. You can find the full document here: http://www.ird.govt.nz/resources/7/7/77d3ecdd-6305-408a-8b88-541e509f487b/download-pr-work-programme-2014-2015.pdf Given GST is by far the most interesting tax here...

Surprise in body corporate treatment?

A Product Ruling (BR Prd 14/08) published by IRD on 28 July is fascinating as much for what it doesn't say as the conclusions reached. Facts briefly: - Unit title building in Christchurch. - Mostly commercial property. - Destroyed in earthquake. - Body corporate...

Bodies corporate and GST

Brian Fallow's opinion piece in today's Herald on residential bodies corporate and GST is timely. See here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11231055 This issue baffles me. Why is it so complicated and why is it taking so long...

NZ tax department reveals its compliance focus

Our new tax Commissioner has just released a document outlining her department's key compliance programmes for 2012/13.http://www.ird.govt.nz/resources/6/6/661d18004c5fb8aea1cde57bdeadb8e8/our-compliance-focus-2012.pdf?CACHEID=661d18004c5fb8aea1cde57bdeadb8e8The 32...

4 1/2 years in prision for $2.1m GST fraud

An Auckland property developer has been jailed for 4 1/2 years for tax evasion after he claimed GST refunds on property acquisitions over 3 years and then failed to account for GST or income tax on the sales. It was deliberate evasion according to the court. Inland...

Late payment fees or penalties?

Yesterday's tax bill proposes a new provision saying "a fee charged for the late payment of an account" is treated as subject to GST. It will be back dated to 2003 to prevent the Government being inundated with refund claims. My issue is with the drafting. It applies...

Penny and Hooper decision carries GST lessons.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that orthopaedic surgeons Ian Penny and Gary Hooper avoided tax when they diverted income from their practices to lower tax rate entities such as companies and trusts. A significant issue was the below market salaries they paid...

Warning for small operators

A recent Australian court case serves as a warning for very small businesses. The NZ rules are similar. The taxpayer bought a former fauna park intending to convert it to educational and accommodation use. However the taxpayer didn't get around to kick starting their...

Refunds

A lot of refunds are changing hands at the moment. All sorts of arrangements are being cancelled because of mother nature and today we read Contact and Telecom have discovered billing errors which will require refunds being paid to customers. A word of caution: if you...

‘Look everyone…… no hands!’

Ever heard anyone yell that out moments before their bike hits a bump in the road, gets a serious case of speed wobbles and finally careers into a solid object? A recent case from the Taxation Review Authority reminded me how a seemingly innocent transaction can end...

Cloud computing tax risks

Cloud computing is predicted to become increasingly popular with businesses looking for a complete outsourcing solution to their IT needs. It allows access to computer infrastructure, software and storage (amongst other things) over the internet. New Zealand's Inland...

Interesting stats from the Australian Tax Office

According to a document on the integrity of GST systems in small to medium enterprises issued by the Australian Tax Office recently: - In 2009-10 the ATO identified on average $AUD42,000 of under reported GST for every small to medium enterprise they investigated. - A...

What not to do when dealing with the tax department

A recent case is littered with examples of how not to handle your tax affairs. Case 2 2011 NZTRA 11 The taxpayer wanted to challenge assessments issued by the IRD. The court said she couldn't because of the way she managed her tax affairs. She didn't even get a chance...