Iain Blakeley

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Taxable activity

It wouldn’t happen in New Zealand – or would it?

An Australian court says a taxpayer has not commenced a subdivision activity until they have the funds needed to purchase the land. The costs spent beforehand on planning permits and market valuations were preliminary or preparatory to starting any business. That's...

IRD comments on short term Christchurch rentals

Inland Revenue's latest Business Tax Update reminds us people renting out houses in Christchurch short-term have to pay income tax on the rent, less deductions. It's a pity they don't mention GST because that's more interesting. The update is here:...

Bodies corporate and GST

Last week the Revenue Minister issued another Discussion Document on the GST treatment of bodies corporate. The IRD seems to have come full circle on this one. See here: Bodies corporate and GST. It is proposed our GST legislation will exempt a body corporate under...

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...

Buying and selling houses

If you're buying and selling houses on a regular basis be careful of GST. The Tax Review Authority recently backdated GST registration for a couple's family trust to 1999 because they traded 11 residential properties in 12 years. The case is reported at: Case 5/2013...

Starting a new business?

If you're thinking about starting a new business be careful how much you spend on "preparatory and exploratory" work. An Australian tax court has just concluded that a couple could not claim back GST on "preparatory and exploratory" expenditure because their business...

Good news for non resident businesses

Non resident businesses looking to establish supply chains into New Zealand have to go through hoops to register for GST here and recover the GST on their NZ expenses. Often it means they're at a disadvantage when compared to businesses established in New Zealand....

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...