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June 2017 

  • Worksafe's clarification:  Carrying passengers on quad bikes
  • Interesting graphs and statistics - vegetation in our district and global mobility
  • Beware of paying family members excessive salaries
  • When in Norway… 
  • GST refunds must now be paid by direct credit to nominated bank account
  • Improvements to how IRD charges interest on provisional tax
  • Are you recording your employees' start & stop dates? How to amend them if necessary
  • Applying for an IRD number made simpler
  • Charities reporting regime – year two
  • Taxation of insurance receipts
  • New paid parental leave rules - options with other leave
  • Inland Revenue information sharing with the Registrar of Companies
  • ACC changes - work levy to go down
  • Light humour: Well, I never...

April 2017 
  • School expenses - are you claiming a donation rebate on your school donation?
  • IRD refunds $100million to 166,000 customers... and $700m more unclaimed
  • Changes to schedular payments allows contractors to chose their own tax rate
  • The basic requirements of an employment agreement
  • Market value of employee accommodation
  • Changes to farm dwelling expenditure deductibility
  • Non-structural, seismic restraints failure in last year's earthquake
  • Making deductions from wages or salaries - know the rules
  • Rural areas to be covered nationally by Fire & Emergency Levies - possible rates reductions for rural property owners
  • New way to calculate mileage claims for business - take your odometer reading now!
  • Reminder about entertainment expenses and the percentages deductible
  • Light humour - Bragging!

February 2017 

  • AirBnB - are you renting out a room?
  • New minimum hourly rate from 1 April 2017
  • Worksafe's ten year strategic plan
  • Market rent data for Gisborne properties
  • an unusual tax balance date in the UK... quite a story behind this!
  • Proposed legislative changes to Trusts
  • Major improvements to GST filing with MyIR
  • Changes to FBT on the horizon
  • Tax planning before 1 April with regards to bad debts, asset purchases, accruals and provisions and charitable donations
  • Rations - what can be claimed by farmers?
  • Certificates of exemption from Withholding Tax
  • Hot topic - funding for the fire service from insurance levies
  • emailing wages or HR enquiries - please use payroll@grahamdobson.co.nz

December 2016 

  • Do you provide food and accommodation in exchange for work? There are tax implications!
  • Full time students with student loans may be able to get an exemption for repayments over summer
  • KiwiSaver for temporary employees (employed for 28 days or less)  
  • Casual employee versus permanent part time - do you know the difference?
  • Paying staff, 'Days in Lieu' and "Mondayisation" this holiday period
  • Is your business cyber safe? NZ lags behind comparable economies
  • Farmhouse expenses - 25% concession is changing from 2018 tax year
  • Staff inductions: under-rated and underutilised
  • Light humour - The thoughtful Christmas gift! 

November 2016

  • Employment agreements must be current and up-to-date
  • Smoke alarms now required in all residential rental properties
  • Paying the Police for certain costs that benefit private individuals
  • IRD focusing on tax compliance with regards to deducting withholding tax
  • New Reserve Bank restrictions on high loan to value ratio lending
  • Profit - the nuts and bolts - what can you learn from your financial statements?
  • Buying a property and depending on the LIM report provided by vendor? Our tips...
  • Entertainment expenses - gifts of food and drink - what can you claim?
  • Don't be caught unaware by insolvent debtors
  • Are you correctly filing BOTH employer forms each month?
  • Light humour - You can't argue with kids! 

 

August 2016

  • Unemployment rate drop points to strong economic growth
  • G&D is annual sponsor of the A&P Show Pet Competition
  • Dairy prices down
  • Construction Contracts Act 2015 - further amendments
  • Vehicle Fringe Benefit Tax - are you paying too much?
  • Instant fuel discounts
  • Need to correct your Employer Monthly Schedule after filing?
  • Banking on the law
  • Farming land sales subject to the Bright-Line test
  • Charities reporting changes - common issues
  • Livestock Valuations -National Average Market Values (Herd Scheme) 2014-2016
  • Light humour - Poor Ole Bill  

 

June 2016

  • Changes to the child support qualifying age
  • KiwiSaver contributions by new employees 
  • Would you like to attend a refresher workshop at G&D for Banklink or Xero?
  • Use of Money Interest - what is it?
  • Reduced vehicle registration costs from 1 July
  • Does wearing a tie increase your productivity?
  • New reporting requirements for charities - do you know where you fit?
  • Private use of business vehicles - are you paying FBT?
  • Changes to paid parental leave for primary carers
  • Reduction in mileage rates for expense claims
  • GST to be charged on remote services from October 2016
  • Light humour - Irish Medical Terminology  

April 2016 

  • Changes to IRD's administrative systems with regards to GST and PAYE
  • IRD's focus areas for audits
  • How is your record keeping system? Recent prosecutions indicate it would be a great time to check on yours!
  • Rental property chattels and depreciation
  • New employment laws came in 1 April 2016 - what do you need to know?
  • NZ Superannuation - read the fine print if you want to get it!
  • What happens to your estate if you don't have a will?
  • Light Humour - They walk amongst us!
  • February 2016 

  • A round up of law changes in 2016:
         - ACC levy changes
         - Health and safety at work
         - Zero hour contracts
         - Enforcement of employment standards
  • Do you hire overseas workers?  Make sure you're aware of the changes to work visas
  • Health and Safety when working from home or on holiday
  • Tenancy agreements for farm employees provided with accommodation
  • Thinking of purchasing a business? Be sure to do your own due diligence
  • No room for passive company directors - new rules bring potential personal liability
  • Light Humour - Dress for the job you want!?!
  • December 2015 

  • What is your BIC Code and how do you find it?
  • Are fines tax deductible?
  • Are you moving or travelling overseas long term? Be sure to sort your student loan obligations!
  • Managing your payroll with regards to the Christmas and New Year public holidays
  • Feejoa - a new loyalty scheme to pay off your student loan faster!
  • Using Toll Roads?  Some options for paying the tolls due
  • Is your business ready for Health & Safety law changes?
  • Light Humour - Who says men don't remember!?!
  • October 2015

  • Do you receive cash-back rewards on your credit card?
  • Reduction in mileage rate for 2016 year onwards
  • Changes to MYOB Banklink data
  • G&D continues to sponsor the A&P Show pet competition
  • Employing part time or casual workers over summer? Read this!
  • What are the costs of your fixed term debt?  Consider benefits of changing the terms as OCR drops
  • Key changes regarding tax issues for the NZ housing market
  • Health and Safety - who will do what when new laws come into effect April 2016?
  • Oz tax system favours big cheeses!
  • Light Humour - waiting for the paternity results...
  • August 2015

  • Bonuses and lump sum payments to employees - are you deducting the correct amount of tax?
  • Whinray Ecological Trust - did you know you can "sponsor a hectare" to help protect wildlife? We do!
  • Windows 10 upgrade email scam - don't get caught out!
  • Reduce spending by identifying "leakage" in your farming business
  • Rules around forfeiture of wages if an employee fails to give notice
  • Kiwisaver first home withdrawal changes
  • Are you updating your information with the Companies Office? Talk to us first!
  • The practice of "seasonal averaging of wages" is in the spotlight
  • 2015 Livestock Values for NSC and Herd Schemes
  • New mobile app simplifying GST filing
  • Light Humour - If you marry an Aussie girl...
  • June 2015

  • Kiwisaver: changes for first home withdrawal, and will you get the full government top up this year?
  • Companies Amendment Act - what do you need to do?
  • Minimum employment standards - some changes are proposed
  • ACC vehicle licencing levy reduction - maximise your registration savings now!
  • Has the "sharing economy" touched your business?
  • Variation of Employment Agreements - what you need to know
  • "The Budget" - an outline of changes including income tax on house sale proceeds
  • IRD use of money interest rates increased on 8 May
  • Light Humour in the Rugby World Cup year
  • April 2015

  • Adult minimum wage increase from 1 April 2015
  • ANZAC day falls on a weekend this year - what you need to know about the first "Mondayisation"
  • Customers want help first, selling last.  Are you giving your customers what they want?
  • Meetings matter - some tips for facilitating a good one
  • Don't forget employee start and finish dates on your IRD employer returns - they're important!
  • Good record keeping for business is a legal requirement - what do you need?
  • Social media and employment - a "private" conversation with 200 friends?
  • Farm expenses increased according to Statistics NZ's Price Index
  • Farming Women Tairawhiti - bringing together women with an interest in rural life
  • Light Humour - understanding cricket
  • February 2015

  • Changes to paid parental leave from 1 April 2015
  • NZ log prices hit a nine month high
  • Kiwi shoppers played 'chicken' for online bargains last Christmas
  • Could drones reveal tax evasion in New Zealand?
  • The "Tea Break" Bill - changes regarding rest and meal breaks and flexible working arrangements
  • Is it time to review your business finance function?
  • Facebook for business - are you in the social media loop?
  • Light Humour - excuses for missing the tax return deadline...
  • December 2014

  • Details regarding property revaluations completed in 2014
  • Are you or your staff entitled to a paid statutory holiday?
  • Living on high street - some astounding house prices in the UK
  • GDC rates remissions - some things you should know
  • Directors' responsibilities - is your Interests Register up to date?
  • Winding up a company - what needs to be done?
  • Employers' "Good Faith" obligations to employees
  • Thinking of hiring new staff?  A calculator to estimate the true cost including ACC, Kiwisaver and FBT
  • Are you entitled to a refund on excise duty or road user charges?  We can help...
  • January sales - check out Lasoo and Salefinder to find some great deals
  • Light Humour - Christmas at Grandmas / A sign of the times
  •  October 2014

  • Important reminders and changes regarding payments made to IRD
  • Kiwi websites have option to ditch .co and .org
  • #gigatowngis - are you part of Gisborne's bid to win Ultra Fast Broadband?
  • New requirements for NZ registered companies
  • Crowd funding - what is it?
  • "Mum & Dad investments" under National government - we look at Kiwisaver and energy companies
  • Changes to the 2015-2016 ACC levies
  • Renting your house out for Rhythm and Vines? Read this!
  • Can you claim GST on second hand goods used in your business?
  • Student loan repayment obligations for wage earners - don't get a bill from IRD!
  • Light Humour - Unforseen Outcomes
  •  August 2014

  • Nowhere to run to hide from tax obligations - NZ enters into new agreements with tax haven countries
  • Are you a Trustee? A basic reminder about the duties of Trustees
  • Are you a self employed junk mail delivery person? What about a pizza delivery driver?
  • Recycling toner cartridges into... scooter docs?
  • Kiwisaver guidelines for business owners
  • Government changes to Paid Parental Leave
  • "Consumable Aids" - do you have any of these on hand at balance date?
  • QR codes... what are they and what do they do?
  • Fencing costs on lifestyle blocks - a deductible expense?
  • Always losing receipts? Perhaps a smartphone scanning app is for you...
  • Light Humour - Scam Warning
  • June 2014

  • Guide for agricultural vehicles used on the road and public places
  • Billions raised through UK tax cut - NZ's rates will no doubt debated again this election year
  • Deadline changes for IRD payments - if you pay by cheque you need to read this!
  • Ambitious World War One online database set up
  • No GST on food... would that change have the desired outcome?
  • Kiwisaver - default providers for next seven years
  • Drought lowers stock numbers
  • Managing working capital in business
  • Residential rental investments - some things to be aware of
  • Employers' ACC Earners Levy - be sure to use current tax tables for correct rates
  • Livestock values (NSC/Herd) for 2014 income year released
  • Get a head start on health and safety with a new guide for small to medium businesses
  • Light Humour - The Young Accountant
  • April 2014

  • Companies already have their own business number - other entities to follow under new Government proposal
  • Tax rate change for casual agricultural employees (CAE tax code) from 1 April 2014
  • Pending workplace health and safety reform will be the biggest in 20 years
  • Minimum wage increased on 1 April 2014
  • A guide to vehicle expense claims: log books and fringe benefit tax
  • Easter and ANZAC public holidays - employer obligations
  • ACC first week compensation - who has the liability to pay?
  • ACC levy rate changes for 2014/2015 year
  • Light Humour - Turn yerself arount lad!
  • February 2014

  • Casual employee or part time employee?
  • Minimum wages for farm employees
  • Student Loan repayments due for overseas-based borrowers
  • Hola! NZ's latest meat export market... Peru!
  • The rules for "Bad Debt" claims - important info as the financial year draws to a close
  • Volume does not equal profit - monitor your profitability
  • Fringe benefit tax
  • New financial reporting standards proposed for Incorporated Societies
  • Information deficit on performance of Kiwisaver Funds
  • Marineland to become a skate park
  • Memorable quote from Jean Baptiste Colbert
  • Light Humour - Counting Calories
  • December 2013 

  • IRD has unclaimed money owing to 71,000 people... are you one of them?
  • Investor wins Blue Chip appeal
  • Trust taxed on regular pattern of buying and selling family homes
  • Travel expenses for companions on business trips - that is my researcher!
  • Tax reforms encourage conservation plantings
  • New legislation makes comparing Kiwisaver providers easier
  • Household Economic Survey 2013 - household expenditure guide used by lenders
  • Use of company car may reduce tax credits and other allowances
  • Is ignorance bliss?  Misconceptions about liability of company directors
  • Changes to system requirements for Banklink products
  • NZs Top 10 used cars 2013
  • Certificates of expemption needed when paying contractors
  • Non-taxable allowances - you can't just 'guess'!
  • Light Humour - The Christmas Cake Recipe
  • October 2013

  • Global Competitiveness Index - NZ more competitive than Australia!
  • Obtaining IRD numbers for new babies
  • Providing complete details on GST forms - situations with nil GST effect
  • Taxing cashed up annual holidays correctly
  • Child restraint laws are changing from 1 November 2013
  • Checks on quad bikes - be sure to operate them safely
  • A reminder about interest deductions - what were the borrowed funds used for?
  • India beats to a different drum - a new way to tackle tax evasion
  • A man's salary is from Mars, a woman's salary is from...?
  • Transferring a pension to NZ? Urgent news here!
  • Advance Australia Fair - some pifalls of living in the 'lucky' country
  • Payment for non-attendance at work for reasons outside employees control
  • Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust - support for new hangar project
  • Light Humour - The Benefits of Milking It
  • August 2013

  • The new e-GST system
  • Government initiative to encourange employers to employ youth
  • Parental leave payments increase
  • Excise duty increases
  • "Mondayisation" of ANZAC and Waitangi days from 2014
  • The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism ACT
  • The end of dial-up internet...
  • Government working to introduce GST on overseas purchases
  • Significant changes proposed for student loan scheme
  • Keeping the Wolf from the door - tough tax times in early years of business
  • Light Humour - Everything I needed to know, I learnt from Noah's Ark!
  • June 2013

  • Useful tax snippets re: FBT on carparks, capital gains tax, capital income tax and personal tax rates
  • Excerpts from the budget regarding property investments and ACC levies, with comments from G&D
  • Tax minimisation for multi-national corporations - how do they do it?
  • McDonald's remove lamb from "Lambton"
  • 2012-2013 Livestock values
  • Xero Business Management software - could it be beneficial for your business?
  • "Pro Bono Publico" work done by Graham & Dobson to support community organisations
  • Light Humour - Five rules for men to follow for a happy life!
  • April 2013

  • New classes for ACC levies for heavy trucks and light goods and services vehicles
  • Use your vehicle off road? You may be able to claim refund on petrol excise levy or RUCs
  • ACC levy discounts may be available for those with robust health and safety systems
  • Minimum wage increase details
  • Potential changes ahead for non-residents for tax purposes, and for trustees based overseas
  • How is your KiwiSaver performing?
  • Working two jobs and have a student loan? You may be able to apply for special deduction rate
  • Take caution with "Tax Refund" companies. Could you do it yourself instead?
  • The hidden snags of cyber shopping...
  • From the Irish Medical Dictionary...
  • Light Humour - Another tale of the wrong email address!
  • February 2013

  • Tax changes for employers with regards to KiwiSaver, child employees, tax codes and student loan changes
  • Getting your new year finances in order, a "must read" for those with a 31 March balance date
  • Self employed contractor or Employee?
  • KiwiSaver... the gift that keeps on giving? Or should you put the money on the mortgage?
  • Heightened exposures for company directors with regards to health and safety risks
  • Tax statistics
  • Light Humour - A Blonde Guy joke...
  • December 2012 

  • End of year Best Wishes from Graham & Dobson
  • Tax changes in regards to assets costing $50,000+ with private use component
  • Tax changes on lease inducement payments
  • War Memorial Theatre - Platinum Donation for a worthy project
  • Important reminders regarding holiday season employment and cashing up annual holidays
  • First KiwiSaver seniors have been in scheme for five years - what now?
  • The making of a great entrepreneur
  • QANTAS loses battle over GST on missed flights - implications for NZ?
  • Social media and employment relationships
  • Christmas thoughts...
  • October 2012

  • GST - don't get caught out with Zero Rating provisions
  • Travel Expenditure - what the IRD needs to know
  • Revenue milestone for Ravensdown
  • Mileage rates for business - what can you claim?
  • Cash for casual workers... is it really worth the risk?
  • GDC Rates remission categories - do you qualify?
  • GST input claim when transferring private assets into your new business
  • Without bees, no one would roll in clover!  Major threats to our apiculture
  • Livestock valuation law change welcomed
  • What is intellectual property?
  • An advertisement kiwi-style for a great job!
  • August 2012

  • Australia - the land of tax trips and traps
  • Inflation at lowest annual rate since 1999...
  • New Farm Price Index launched
  • Small block farms or "Lifestyle Blocks"... longstanding issues with the IRD
  • Work breaks as determined by the Employment Relations Act 2000
  • Taking the plunge... using social media for business
  • Sky Television - can you claim a deduction?
  • Bid to emulate US Success with Shale Oil
  • Employee trial periods - are they worth having?
  • Paraprosdokians... Winston Churchill loved them!
  • June 2012

  • Graham & Dobson expands
  • Hiring contractors and the ACC Levy - are you filling in your Employer Monthly Schedule correctly?
  • Employees who need and IRD number - urgent applications available
  • "Coffee & Muffin" expenses - are they deductible?
  • IRD Interest and Penalties
  • National Average Market Values for Sheep and Beef for the 2012/12 Herd Scheme
  • GST Processes and controls
  • Who says Aussie is better for tax!?! Some interesting calculations...
  • ACC and accident insurance - do you have the right kind of cover?
  • How to avoid a tax shock
  • Light Humour - Elder Banking
  • April 2012

  • Calculating an Employee's ESCT Rate
  • Casual Agricultural Workers tax rate change
  • New minimum wage rates
  • School children employees and deduction of PAYE
  • The hidden cash economy... how big is it?
  • Holiday pay and parental leave
  • Director responsibilities
  • Review of Trust Law
  • Obligations when ceasing to operate a business
  • Disease resistant Kiwifruit gives industry hope
  • Light Humour - In the Highlands

    February 2012
  • GST treatment of credit card surcharges and donations
  • Student Loan changes
  • The future according to Pita Alexander!
  • The "How Much" question... what are your plans for retirement?
  • Are you guilty of Re-gifting post Christmas?
  • Banking relationships 
  • "Cloud Computing" - what is it?
  • Light Humour - Financial advice the Kiwi way...
  • December 2011

  • Eat, drink and be merry... for tomorrow we pay more tax
  • Dog, Horse and Saddlery allowances
  • GST - what is a supply?
  • Are you protecting your farm and future?
  • Tax avoidance and unrealistic salaries
  • The flight of the Kiwi... exodus to Australia
  • Motivated staff key to farm success
  • Festive season holiday entitlements
  • Palm kernel extract in the dairy farming industry
  • Brazen scams - don't get caught!
  • Light Humour - Anecdote about Neil Armstrong
  • October 2011

  • Employers Superannuation Contribution Tax
  • Kiwisaver - exemptions from automatic enrolment rules
  • What is the Inland Revenue taking an interest in this year?
  • Fringe Benefit or Entertainment?
  • Changes to Gift Duty
  • GST on second hand goods
  • Child Support protected net earnings
  • Changes to the Student Loan scheme
  • Graham & Dobson Town & Around... Paul Dobson honoured
  • Light Humour - Anecdote about Neil Armstrong
  • August 2011

  • KiwiSaver turns four with an $8billion Treasure Chest
  • New rules for financial services providers
  • When was the last time you reviewed your insurance?
  • IRD and offshore income
  • Completing your Employer Monthly PAYE Schedule
  • ACC Levies
  • Water marks NZ as the "Real lucky country"
  • Tough choices ahead over interest rates
  • Graham & Dobson Town & Around... 2011 Sporting Excellence Awards
  • Light Humour - "The Taliban Test"
  • June 2011 

  • New GST apportionment rules for Business/Private usage of vehicles
  • Changes to the company tax rate
  • Cashing up annual holidays
  • Business basics - relationship building
  • KiwiSaver is changing - but still a good bet for retirement
  • Vehicle mileage rate changes for 2011 income year
  • NZ's export boom - can it be sustained?
  • Raise a glass to excise tax changes
  • Credit ratings... having a squeaky clean one is very useful!
  • Light Humour - "Under Construction"
  • April 2011

  • "Family Income" defined for Working for Families Tax Credits, Community Services Cards
  • GST changes from 1 April 2011
  • Key changes to employment law from 1 April 2011
  • Electronic payments to the IRD
  • New rates for Child Support assessments
  • Home affordability the best in seven years according to Roost Home Affordability report
  • Travel expenditure - what is deductible?  What records do you need to keep?
  • Light Humour - Retirement advice

    February 2011
  • Student Loan Scheme debt collection for serious non-compliance
  • Claimable entertainment expenditure
  • "Family Income" defined for Working for Families Tax Credits changes from 1 April 2011
  • Housekeeping reminder re 'blank' cheques
  • Employment Best Practice - what you need to know about Employment Agreements
  • Free VisaView checks - how to check a non-NZ worker is entitled to work in NZ
  • Formal written agreements for family arrangements
  • National Standard Costs for livestock released for 2011 year
  • Light Humour - Camping's Life Lessons
  • December 2010

  • Acc CoverPlus Extra premiums now deductible for shareholders-employees
  • Your rights when IRD withholds your GST refund?
  • Definintion of "dwelling" clarified
  • Changes to the Qualifying Company / LAQC regime
  • Leaky buildings and tax deductions
  • Properties transferred to Trusts - are they really safe from Creditors?
  • Gift duty to be abolished in 2011
  • Electricity competition may force reforms
  • Costly spring storms
  • Graham & Dobson town and around... 
  • Light Humour - "Christmas Turkey"
  • October 2010

  • Casual Agriculture Employees (CAE) tax rate changes
  • GST fractions to use for the new 15% rate
  • Obligations under  a Service Tenancy
  • Leases with Associated Persons
  • Tax treatment for payments to employees - relocation costs, overtime meals, allowances
  • IRD Survey says tax compliance takes less time!
  • Kiwi's missing out on interest from savings
  • Depreciation Bias between residential landlords and commercial landlords
  • Business Forward Newsletter launched
  • Light Humour - "Pirated"
  • BUSINESS FORWARD - ISSUE ONE - OCTOBER 2010

  • Looking ahead... how we can help
  • Plan, plan, plan to stay in business
  • Key points of a business plan
  • SWOT your business, stun your market
  • August 2010 

    • Upcoming GST rate changes - are you prepared?
    • Petrol Rebates for Farmers - make sure you claim back your Excise Duty
    • Cheques in full settlement of debt
    • Bank accounts
    • Want to create your own PDF Documents for free? 
    • It's good and it's true... IRD changes re depreciation on employees' vehicles
    • A&P Show pet competition sponsored by Graham & Dobson
    • Light Humour -  An act of bravery at the Football World Cup

     June 2010  

    • Households saving more
    • Kiwisaver and business transfers
    • Changes to withholding tax rules affecting fruit crops, vegetables and viticulture
    • Tips for creating strong Pa$Sw0rd$
    • No tax on Kiwisaver first home subsidy
    • paying income tax from trading
    • Light Humour -  An act of bravery at the Football World Cup

     

    April 2010

    • Is your business ready for a GST increase?
    • GST Increase - commercial issues
    • GST Increase - practical business considerations
    • International recession bikes farming incomes
    • Legal expenditure: Capital vs. Revenue
    • Selling property "Off the plan"
    • Trusts and Prescribed Investor Rates (PIRs)
    • Light Humour -  Fishing NZ style

      February 2010

      • Mending the broken tax system!
      • Tax working group targets depreciation
      • How would a land tax work?
      • Asset class lessons... shares, bonds, commodities
      • Student loan threshold remains the same
      • Changes to RWT rates
      • Light Humour -  Australian Tourism

      December 2009

      • Tax tip re working directors and company shares
      • Auditor Blues and the Duke of Wellington
      • Avoiding Bad Calls - mobile phone use while driving
      • Mileage rate for business use of motor vehicles - 3 methods
      • Payroll giving scheme for charitable donations
      • From kilobytes to terabytes... to petabytes!
      • Light Humour -  The New Employee Bricks Test

      October 2009

        August 2009

        • Your credit rating - new reporting system with Veda Advantage
        •  Tax implications of renting out your holiday home
        • NZ Agriculture - supply adjusting to land use changes
        • Rental properties - an oversupply puts pressure on the market
        • Retirement savings portability - trans Tasman possibilities
        • Tax free beer?  Boutique breweries and excise tax
        • Light humour - Inner Peace

        June 2009

        • Giving credit to trade creditors - information about the Personal Properties
          Securities Register (PPSR)
        • Student Loans - 10% bonus on voluntary repayments
        • Personal tax cuts deferred
        • The IRD and realistic salaries... business structures and taxation
        • More help with Childcare and OSCAR subsidies
        • Kiwisaver in the black!
        • Light humour - New-age proverbs completed by school children

        May 2009

        • Winning in challenging times... be pro-active and positive!
        • Mortgage break fees in times of dropping interest rates
        • Changes to personal tax rate thresholds in the coming years
        • Initiatives for reducing tax compliance costs for small and medium sized enterprises
        • 90 day employment trial periods
        • Barter deals / swaps / shared labour - the tax implications of these
        • Light humour - The world according to... cows!

        February 2009

        • Tough challenges for Farm Industries
        • Changes to the KiwiSaver Scheme from 1 April 2009
        • Flexible working arrangements
        • Cars - should you buy or lease?
        • Voluntary administration for insolvent companies
        • Half full or half empty?  A few snippets of good news we found...
        • A piece of philosophy - "The mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee"

        December 2008

        • Family tax credit increases from April 2009
        • FBT interest rate rise for low-interest loans
        • New secondary tax rate from April 2010
        • Regional state of play: the housing market, growth and tourism
        • House Insurance: Where does your premium go?
        • Banks tighten up lending
        • Turn, turn, turn: a new government - time for change!
        • Uncertain times:  reminders regarding cash position, stock, debtors and cost management
        • Light Humour

        October 2008

        • "Fraud Proof" your Business
        • Compliance Costs
        • Warren Buffet's current view on the Financial Markets
        • Log prices keep rising
        • IRD and LAQC Audits regarding residential rental properties
        • Four drawer filing cabinets surplus to requirements for sale at Graham & Dobson
        • Light Humour

        August 2008

        • Improvements for small and medium sized enterprises
        • KiwiSaver and Employer Contributions
        • Buying and selling property - Q&A on tax implications
        • Obtaining new IRD numbers for individuals - new process to prevent identity theft
        • Tax rebates on redundancy payments
        • Light Humour

        June 2008

        • Tax issues for investors in failed finance companies
        • Alert to taxpayers receiving income from personal services through a company or trust structure
        • Jared Ingoe resigns as Principal of Graham & Dobson
        • Donations and rebates
        • Budget highlights
        • Herd scheme values announced 
        • Light Humour

        April 2008

        • Company tax rate reduction
        • Withholding payment regulations - are you confused?
        • Your business - a goldmine or a coffin?
        • Livestock National Standard Cost Values 2008
        • Drought help
        • Reminder our phone number has changed to 869 1234
        • Light Humour

        February 2008

        • Change of dates for Provisional Tax Instalments
        • End of financial year checklist (things to do that may save you tax!)
        • Reminder our phone number has changed to 869 1234
        • Light Humour

        December 2007

        • Kiwi Saver Enrolments
        • GST & Provisional Tax - a new option
        • Carbon Units
        • Trusts and the IRD
        • Online source of up to date interest rates for both borrowers and investors
        • GST and late filing penalties
        • Government issuing discussion document on ways to reduce compliance cost for business - YEAH RIGHT!

        October 2007

        • Tips for landlords and residential properties
        • Applications for the 2008 Hill Country Farmers of the Year Award are now being accepted
        • Reminder of Graham & Dobson new telephone number
        • Fringe Benefit Tax and Cars
        • Investors new PIE investment structures. Supply your PIR!
        • Renewing securities on the PPSR after 5 years
        • E-mail newsletter winner
        • Light humour

        August 2007

        • From the IRD Corner
        • Graham & Dobson Website
        • Minor Beneficiary Rule Clarification
        • Depreciation of your rental
        • KiwiSaver Tips
        • Charities Commission Newsflash
        • Newsletter via e-mail
        • Light Humour

        June 2007

        • Drought Affected Farmers
        • Budget Highlights
        • Tired, Listless, Lacking Energy?
        • Burgernomics
        • Selling a Business
        • Livestock - 2007 Herd Values
        • Newsletters via the web
        • Light Humour

         

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        Client in the Spotlight

        Roberts Tree Surgeons Ltd

        Paul and Kelly Roberts started their business Roberts Tree Surgeons from scratch 12 years ago. Today the company is a strong team of 10 full time staff. Roberts Tree Surgeons are the one-stop shop for tree removal, tree maintenance and tree planting.

        The majority of their work is tree and garden maintenance of private clients and large infrastructure clients...

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        Meet our Team

        Callum Thompson

        What is your current role at Graham & Dobson?
        Audit Manager

        Tell us a bit about your family
        Married to Tracey, with two dogs...

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        What our clients say...

        • Parihohonu Station has been involved with Graham and Dobson since the early 1900s. They have proved to be of great value, producing a high standard of quality work, are trustworthy, astute, and approachable any time at all. The staff are very friendly and will bend over backwards for us. We always recommend this long established firm unequivocally.

          Avianne and Nigel Faram

        • We are grateful for the enormous amount of support the staff of Graham & Dobson provide. They have demonstrated a high level of understanding, knowledge and financial direction and deliver a consistent service in structured, efficient timeframes. This is a company with high integrity and strong values focusing on providing the utmost levels of customer satisfaction.

          Gisborne Stroke Support Group Inc.

        • Graham & Dobson helped me start my own business in 2007. Without their help and support the process would have been a lot harder. They offer excellent on-going support and advice.

          Karl Platten - Lawns Plus Ltd (GreenAcres)