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Gifts of Food & Drink

IRD have recently clarified their position on gifts of food and drink, ie hampers, Christmas ham etc, and these gifts now fall under the Entertainment rule and are only 50% deductible as there is a private benefit. It makes no difference whether the gift is to staff, suppliers or customers. Gifts other than food and […]

Easter Trading Law Change

A recent change to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 now enables councils to decide whether shops in their district can open on Easter Sunday. The change is from Easter 2017, depending on each individual council. We will update you closer to the time with our councils’ local policies. For employers who plan to open on Easter […]

The Power of Values in Driving Organisational Change

Most people instinctively understand the concept of values, after all we all have them, but most people tend to think of them as something that relates to a person and not an organisation. However, many successful businesses and organisations, across a range of sectors, are successfully using organisational values as a base to improve the […]

IRD focus on cash jobs continues

IRD are continuing to focus on cash jobs among builders and other tradespeople. They are looking into record keeping and tax compliance in these industries with the most recent focus being on Christchurch. It’s never too late to voluntary disclose income that might not have been declared previously in your tax returns. A voluntary disclosure […]

Are You Guilty of the Following?

Here are five of the most common slip ups employers have been making recently. 1. Not having your employee sign the employment agreement prior to starting is liable to result in problems including: a. Any 90 day trial period clause would be void b. Terms and conditions could be difficult to enforce and costly to negotiate after […]

Nelson Arts Festival

Once again we are delighted to be able to sponsor a show at the 22nd annual Nelson Arts Festival. The show we are sponsoring this year is Songs For The Fallen, described as “An outrageous, corset-busting cabaret about a woman who knew one thing: good girls don’t make history. Paris in 1847. Marie Duplessis – […]

KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant changes

A number of changes to the eligibility criteria for the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant took effect on 1 August 2016. The key changes are: House price caps The existing house price caps will be increased by $50,000 to the new levels of $400,000, $500,000 and $600,000. (See fact sheet for details) These house price caps are to […]

Progress at The Suter and Road Works in Bridge Street

The Suter staff are getting ready to move back to the original home of the gallery beside the Queen’s Gardens. It is an exciting time for everyone involved in the redevelopment and the fruition of many years of hard work, planning, designing and building a new home for the region’s treasured works of art. The Suter will […]

Chapman ER – Test Your Knowledge

Q. My employee has resigned without giving notice. Can I deduct an amount equivalent to their notice from their final pay? Click here to find the answer. Q. Do I have to keep leave records for each of my employees? Click here to find the answer. Q. Can an employee be entitled to public holidays after their […]