Blog

Donations

03/11/2017: When you run a business or own a company it is important to give back to the community you are in. Helping the community around you offers a huge benefit for you and for your community.

Inheritance Trusts

30/08/2017: Most parents, at some stage in their lives, consider what provisions they would like to make for their children on their death, therefore some thought should be given in order to establish that there is some protection around those funds to ensure that they are not lost.

2017 Budget has something for everyone

01/06/2017: Finance Minister Steven Joyce has unveiled his first Budget. We believe it continues the Government’s focus on maintaining surpluses, reducing debt, growing the economy and supporting the most vulnerable in society via targeted ‘social investment’ spending.

Three Ways an Accountant Can Save You Money

27/04/2017: Do you want to earn greater profits – and even find savings with vendors, staff and operating expenses?

Tax Reforms – effective 1 April 2017

30/03/2017: Understand how the new Tax Reforms affect Contractors – Effective 01 April 2017

What to keep when claiming expenses.

28/02/2017: Start your year fresh and be prepared for 2017! We suggest you keep thorough business records as you will have to provide accurate and complete records of your taxable business activity throughout the year. What should I keep?

5 Costly Accounting Mistakes

Most business owners understand that effective financial management is key to their success. But lack of knowledge, frustration, and even avoidance can add up to accounting mistakes that derail future growth. Protect your business and reduce your stress by avoiding these five costly accounting errors.

How to reduce your tax bill

Many of the business expenses you face can be deducted from your income when calculating your tax bill. Here are some steps you might be able to take to reduce the amount of tax you need to pay. File and pay on time. This avoids any risk of having to pay interest or penalties. Claim for Valid Expenses: At tax time, your total profit (the amount you need to pay tax on) is your income minus the expenses you can claim — so the more you can claim, the less tax you have to pay.

Retail Location : 5 Mistakes not to make

Daniel Djain from Creative Property Services has been advising the Retail sector for many years. Frequently he is searching for new sites for large retail operators and has learnt that wherever you establish your new shop/store there is no room for improvisation.

We don’t just do tax returns

Allow Monteck Carter to quickly and easily complete your financial statements and income tax returns and we also offer a range of helpful services.

  • We will Assist to Maximise your refunds by advising you on tax benefits.
  • Let us deal with the lRD & Keep you up to date with all compliance issues
  • Ensure special tax code declaration
  • We will Advice on tax benefits
  • Cashflow Forecasts

Tax Specialist – Karen Tobeck

I am a partner in the firm of Monteck Carter and along with my Accounting qualifications I have a Masters degree in Taxation Studies. I have been a business owner myself now for many years and I also have been involved with hundreds of other small to medium sized businesses through my clients. The sorts of issues I can help with are :

  • What structure should I have my business in?
  • How do I be the most tax effective in my business?
  • How do I work out my breakeven point and other business KPI’s?
  • When can I afford to employ staff?
  • Cash flow improvement skills.
  • Software – which one to use for my accounting and GST
  • When do I need to be GST registered?
  • What the bank will need to give me an overdraft.
  • What is FBT and when am I liable for it?
  • How do I pay myself?

Should I be paying provisional tax?

Do you understand Provisional Tax, do you know when you need to pay and why you need to pay? Monteck Carter’s expert, Glynis Carter answers these questions for you. Provisional Tax is a way to pay personal and business income tax where you have not paid in full through the PAYE or Withholding Tax system. This only affects taxpayers that have more than $2,500 to pay in any one year.

Are you on the correct Resident Withholding tax rate?

It is important that you choose the RWT rate appropriate to your level of taxable income. This ensures that the correct amount of tax is deducted. If you choose a rate that is too low, you will have a tax bill to pay at the end of the income year and there is really no need for this. What is RWT? Resident withholding tax (RWT is a tax deducted from a New Zealand tax resident customer’s interest income before they receive it. Where it is identified that you are using a rate that is not consistent with your marginal tax rate you need to advise your interest payer (banks and other financial institutions) to change your rate. You also need to make sure your interest payer has your IRD number.

What are the benefits of buying a car through my business?

We asked Karen Tobeck for her expert view and she gave us this advice. There are some benefits in putting the vehicles through the business.
To do this you need to:

New rules for property investors

New rules for property investors These rules were intended to: Firstly reign in the house price increases in the Auckland property market Secondly to give further assistance to IRD to collect taxRead More…

How to deal with late payments effectively

Having a steady cash flow is a must for any startup as it keeps your business running and in the long run, it’s going to become a healthy base for client/customer management. Whether it’s a startup or an established small business, there are always some folks who forget to pay on time. When I

Budget announcements

“The KiwiSaver scheme has been successful in attracting 2.5 million members. It also has considerable costs, with the Government spending over $850 million this year on two subsidies – the annual subsidy of up to $521, and the $1,000 kick-start payment for new members. To reduce this cost, the Government has decided to

Important Tax dates for 2015

New Zealand’s laws require people and organisations to pay tax. The IRD collect taxes on behalf of the Government, who use the money to benefit everyone here in New Zealand. If people don’t pay their fair share, everyone misses out. There has been a lot of negative publicity recently about “tax avoidance” and the public sees businesses who don’t pay their fair share as bad citizens.

Important Early 2015 Tax Dates To Remember

The IRD have changed their policy on when payments will be considered to have been received on time. Payments made by post are now treated as made on the day Inland Revenue receives them; the date of posting is irrelevant. It’s therefore up to you to make sure you post your cheques in good time to reach IRD on time. There’s no guarantee that a payment posted on the 18th will reach Inland Revenue by the 20th.

Accounting basics and compliance principles

We know that developing successful relationships helps make successful businesses. Meeting your needs is our top priority! Having a strong relationship with your accountant who has a deep understanding of your individual situation gives you the most robust financial advisory support.

Accounting Fixed Fee

Research indicates that a lot of clients would rather pay some their professional fees on a monthly basis than pay it off as a single lump sum.
At Monteck Carter we listen to our clients and because we understand the needs of our clients, we knew something had to change. We offer clients an option to fund their professional fees over a six or twelve month period with Feesmart.

Changes to donation tax credit claims

The time period for claiming donation tax credits has been reduced to four years, in line with other annual return filing periods. This means that a tax credit for a donation must be claimed within four years of the end of the year in which the donation was made.

Tax Allowances for Meals and Accommodation

There is a new way for determining the extent to which accommodation expenses, meals etc can be claimed as tax deductible due to the recent Tax Bill.

Action for liquidators against directors

Glynis Carter, partner at Monteck Carter found a very interesting article from Gerry Rea Partners on ‘Why don’t liquidators sue the Directors?” and we thought this is a very insightful article.

What expenses can I claim?

Can I claim the cost of prescription glasses? One of the most frequent questions we get asked as accountants are “What expenses can I claim?“

Tax Relief – Extreme Weather

With extreme weather becoming more common in many parts of New Zealand it may be worth remembering that tax relief and income assistance are available to people affected by extreme weather events. IRD have a range of measures to help, depending on the individual circumstances and the particular event.

Special Report from the Parliamant

“A (wafer-thin) surplus, more money for housing, education and exporters, a promise of tax cuts plus a sneaky tax surprise” were the Budget predictions.

Holiday Leave for Employers

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a great time to take a closer look at your obligations around public holiday pay and annual leave entitlements. The most important requirement is that all employees are entitled to a paid day off on a public holiday if it would otherwise be a normal working day.

Cashing up annual holidays

Cashing up annual holidays can only occur at the employee’s request and the request must be submitted to you in writing

3 Ways to pay off 2013 tax arrears

Any clients will have the money now and are happy to pay their outstanding tax but for those that don’t The New Zealand Tax Trading Company is now offering instalment and deferred settlement arrangements:

Karen Tobeck – Partner at Monteck Carter

Karen’s background is initially in industry working as a corporate and management accountant. Since 1997 she worked in the public accounting arena. She was a partner in Monteck Group until our merger this year with Glynis Carter from Corbett Carter. Experience in industry helps her to assist our clients within their businesses. Growing their business at the same time as

Why have a Shareholder’s Agreement

In recent months we have seen plenty of examples of the hurdles that have to be overcome when there is no existing shareholder agreement in place. The absence of shareholders’ agreements amongRead More…

Due Diligence

During a typical investment negotiation process, the investor will conduct due diligence which will include reviewing the business plan, intellectual property strategy, market research document, debtors, inventory levels, management team, employees, etc.

Redundant tax credits go

Removal of these tax credits is effective from the current financial year, meaning the last year for their availability through an annual tax return will be the tax year ending 31 March 2012.

Cracking down on cash

It’s no secret that the IRD are cracking down on the hidden cash economy. Cash trade jobs, under-the-table wages and online trading cost the Government an estimated $7 billion a year in lost tax and last year the government set aside $120 million in government funds to help the IRD combat tax avoidance.

Home values near record high after big jump

QV’s residential property values for October, issued yesterday, show big increases since the start of this year. House values are 1.2 per cent up on last November and only 4.4 per cent below the top of the market four years ago. QV research director Jonno Ingerson said Auckland and Christchurch were the two regions driving the market.

EZI Accounting online for contractors, real estate agents and property investors

If you are a small business owner, real estate agent or contractor, keeping your accounts in order can be onerous and expensive. That’s why Ezi Accounts was born, the brainchild of the Monteck Group, Ezi Accounts offers a quick, professional and affordable solution to your accounting needs all via their simple online system. The principle behind Ezi Accounts is to make it easy to do your accounting online,