Entries by Anna Patchett

IRD Compliance Focus for 2014-15

Inland Revenue tell us they want to make tax simpler, more open and more certain for everyone. One way they do that is by sharing their compliance focus, so that it’s clear for everyone the key areas they’re looking at and key things people need to do to get their tax and entitlements right. Now’s […]

Paid Parental Leave increase

Paid parental leave for a baby expected or born, or for a child adopted, on or after 1 April 2015 can now be taken for up to a maximum of 16 weeks (previously 14 weeks). This means if baby is expected before 1 April 2015, but arrives on or after 1 April 2015, parent(s) are entitled […]

Employment Law Changes

Significant changes took place to employment law in New Zealand on the 6th March 2015 when the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 will come into effect. Here is a brief summary of the main changes: Flexible work: the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to all employees and it will be easier to request by […]

IRD Look Alike Email

There is currently a phishing email (again) being sent out that claims to be from Inland Revenue. It suggests you have a tax refund due and a link to click on. Do not click on any links, as this in itself may trigger a virus download. Inland Revenue will never send an email that asks […]

Seven Deadly Sins of Business

The following was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald but we think it applies to every business no matter where it is located. Sins – every business owner is guilty of them now and again. But which deadly sins could bring your business down? If there was a small business bible, these would surely […]

Child Support reform changes are coming

IRD have announced that major changes are being made to the child support scheme, starting next year. These changes are the first major overhaul of the child support scheme in 20 years. They reflect that life has changed a lot for families during this time. Currently child support payments are based on the paying parent’s […]

What happens if you don’t pay IRD?

You are likely to have seen the recent news coverage about the arrest, at the airport, of Terry Seripisos when he arrived back in New Zealand after being overseas for a number of months. It appears his arrest was for unpaid Child Support payments he was supposed to pay several years ago. While most people […]

IRD Payments

From 1 October 2014 you’ll need to make sure Inland Revenue receives your payment on or before the due date to avoid penalties and interest. Posting it on the due date is no longer good enough; IRD must have your payment on or before the due date.

Employment Matters – Absences

Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations An employee had applied for annual leave to go overseas, but I turned it down because I already have two staff off at that time. He has come back to me and said he is going anyway. I am really angry about his attitude and I really […]