RPL Accountants Ltd is a long established medium-sized accountancy firm and we pride ourselves on maintaining long-term, supportive and trusting working relationships with our clients. We have numerous clients from diverse business sectors and we cater for a range of structures that are tailored to clients' specific needs.
It gives us great pleasure to help our clients with their changing needs throughout the various phases of their personal and business lives. Today's great idea can be tomorrow's thriving company - but it needs to have a solid foundation. That's where we come in.
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Employer invoicing by ACC takes place from June each year and is based on employee earnings for the year ended 31 March.
Your ACC Premium consists of:
The Classification Unit Rate is based on the actual cost of work-related injuries that occur within your classification unit. A classification unit is a group of businesses that operate within a similar industry.
The Residual Claims Levy Rate covers ongoing costs for old injuries that occurred before 1999. In 1999 the ACC funding was changed to cover the full lifetime costs of injuries that occurred in that year. The Government announced in September 2015 that the Residual Claims Levy will cease from April 2016.
The IRD provide ACC with relevant earnings data from employer monthly schedules. From this information, ACC calculates the total levies due.
For more information on ACC premiums just give us a call or visit the ACC website.
Depreciation allows for the wear and tear on a fixed asset and must be deducted from your income.
Generally you must claim depreciation on fixed assets used in your business that have a lifespan of more than 12 months. However in special circumstances you can elect not to depreciate an asset by applying to the IRD.
Not all fixed assets can be depreciated. Land is a common example of a fixed asset that cannot be depreciated. Also from 1 April 2011, depreciation allowances on most building structures cannot be claimed, however depreciation can still be claimed on a wide range of commercial and industrial building fit-out assets. For more information, please click here.
You will have to keep a fixed asset register to show assets you will be depreciating. This should show the depreciation claimed and adjusted tax value of each asset. The adjusted tax value is the asset's cost price, less all depreciation calculated since purchase.
To view the depreciation rates and the methods for calculating depreciation, please refer to the IRD Depreciation Guide.
To find out more on how to calculate depreciation on a business asset please give us a call or refer to the IRD Depreciation Rate Finder on the IRD Website.
Entertainment expenditure is limited to a 50% deduction if it falls within the following:
There are a number of exemptions from these rules, please contact us if you are unsure, or see the IRD Entertainment Expenses (IR268) booklet for more information.
Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) is a tax on benefits that employees receive as a result of their employment, including those benefits provided through someone other than an employer.
The four main groups of fringe benefits are:
Gifts, prizes and other goods are fringe benefits. If you pay for your employees' entertainment or club memberships, these benefits may also be liable for fringe benefit tax.
Fringe Benefit Tax is payable quarterly (however some employers may be able to elect payments filing on an annual basis).
Refer to the IRD website for more information on how fringe benefit tax is applied and calculated.
If you would like further information on whether FBT is payable in your situation and how this is calculated just give us a call.
GST is a tax on the supply of goods and services in New Zealand by a registered person on any taxable activity they carry out. The rate for GST is 15% although it can be zero-rated for exports.
Certain supplies of goods and services are 'exempt supplies' and exempt from GST. These include:
GST registration is required if the annual turnover of the business for a 12-month period exceeds or is expected to exceed $60,000.
GST returns can be filed monthly, bi-monthly or six monthly. There are certain requirements for who must file monthly returns and who can file six monthly returns.
There are three methods of accounting for GST:
If your turnover exceeds $2,000,000 pa you cannot use the Payments basis option.
If you are selling or are thinking of selling your products through your website please also refer to the section on GST and E-Commerce.
For more information on GST and how to register give us a call or visit the GST section of the IRD website.
Sale of Physical Goods via the Internet
If a GST-registered person sells goods via the internet and the goods are physically supplied to a customer in New Zealand, GST is chargeable at 15%.
If goods are sold via the internet and physically supplied to customers overseas the sales can be zero-rated for GST purposes. It is important to prove the goods have been exported (entered for export by the supplier) and sufficient evidence should be held to prove the export.
Sale of Digital Goods via the Internet
If a GST-registered person sells digital products via the internet which are downloaded, such as music, software or digital books, to a New Zealand customer they must charge 15% GST. (These products are treated as services for GST purposes). The Government released a discussion document in August 2015 suggesting possible changes to these rules.
If digital products are sold via the internet and downloaded by an overseas customer they can be zero-rated but it is important to prove that the products are "exported" otherwise GST must be charged.
Evidence required to prove products are exported
Physical goods are exported overseas by the supplier. The customer is located overseas.
Physical goods are exported overseas by the supplier. The customer is located in New Zealand at the time of purchase.
Digital products are downloaded by a customer who is located overseas.
Note: In this scenario, as can be seen from the above list, it is unlikely that only one form of information will prove that the customer is overseas. It is expected that a reasonable attempt would be made to confirm the customer is overseas to support zero-rating. For more information refer to the E-Commerce and GST section on the IRD website.
All New Zealand residents and people entitled to live here permanently up to the age of 65 are eligible for KiwiSaver. All new eligible employees must be automatically enrolled in KiwiSaver. However there are some employees who are exempt from automatic enrolment. These include:
Employees who are automatically enrolled can opt out but must do so within a specified time (from the end of week 2 of their employment to the end of week 8) by filing the prescribed from (KS10).
All eligible existing employees can join the scheme at any time they wish by notifying their employer.
There are 3 employee contributions rates, being 3%, 4% or 8%. The employee can elect the rate at which they want their contributions deducted. If an employee does not elect a rate then the default rate of 3% will be used by the employer for contribution deductions made.
Compulsory Employer Contributions
From 1 April 2008 it became compulsory for employers to contribute to their eligible employees' KiwiSaver scheme unless the employer is already paying into another registered superannuation scheme for the employee.
This minimum compulsory contribution rose to 3% from 1 April 2013.
Employer contributions are subject to Employer Superannuation Contribution Tax (ESCT) on a progressive scale based on the employees' marginal tax rate.
The government also:
Prior to 21 May 2015, the government made a $1,000 'kick-start' contribution.
Note: There is no Crown guarantee of KiwiSaver schemes or investment products of KiwiSaver schemes.
A list of KiwiSaver providers is available at www.kiwisaver.govt.nz
For more information on KiwiSaver and how this may apply to you give us a call or refer to the KiwiSaver for Employers information available on the IRD website.
Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is the basic tax taken out of your employees' salary or wages. The amount of PAYE you deduct depends on each employee's tax code.
PAYE employees must complete a Tax code declaration (IR 330) as soon as they start working for you. If an employee fails to complete the tax code declaration, you must deduct PAYE at the no-declaration rate.
Employers must also file an employer monthly schedule with IRD detailing each worker's gross earnings and deductions. Employers with gross annual PAYE of $100,000 or more must file this schedule electronically with IRD using IRD's IR File system.
If you are a 'small employer' with gross annual PAYE deductions of up to $500,000, payments are made to IRD on the 20th of the month following the deductions. The employer monthly schedule must also be filed by the 20th of that month
For more information regarding PAYE or to register as an Employer either call us or visit the IRD website
Provisional Tax is not a separate tax but a way of paying your income tax as the income is received through the year. You pay instalments of income tax during the year, based on what you expect your tax bill to be. The amount of provisional tax you pay is then deducted from your tax bill at the end of the year.
If your residual income tax is $2,500 or more you will have to pay provisional tax for the following year. Residual income tax is basically the tax to pay after subtracting any rebates you are eligible for and any tax credits (excluding provisional tax). Residual income tax is clearly labelled in the tax calculation in your tax return.
There are two ways of working out your provisional tax. One is the standard option and the other one is the estimation option. If you are also registered for GST and meet the other eligibility criteria, the ratio option may be available to you as well (see below for more on the GST Ratio option).
The IRD automatically charges provisional tax using the standard option unless you choose the estimation or ratio options.
The standard option takes your residual income tax for the previous year and makes an adjustment. The calculation for the adjustment from the current year is:
The other way to work out your provisional tax is to estimate what your residual income tax will be. When working out the tax, keep the following points in mind:
The due date and amount of instalments you need to make for payment of your provisional tax each year depends on your balance date, which of the above options you use and how often you pay GST (if registered).
If you have a 31 March balance date and use the standard or estimation option, provisional tax payments are due on:
|First instalment||28 August|
|Second instalment||15 January|
|Third instalment||7 May|
In most circumstances you will be charged interest if the provisional tax you paid is less than your residual income tax. If the provisional tax you pay is more than your residual income tax, the IRD may pay you interest on the difference.
Another Option – the GST Ratio Option
If you are also registered for GST you are able to pay your provisional tax at the same time as your GST payments. You will be able to use the ratio option if:
This method of paying provisional tax may not suit everyone. Solutions such as tax pooling can also be used to ease taxpayers' concerns and costs in calculating provisional tax. We suggest that you discuss your options with your accountant.
For further information on provisional tax give us a call or refer to the IRD Website.
Resident Withholding Tax (RWT) is a tax deducted on interest earned from investments and bank accounts. The investment organisation or bank deducts this tax when they credit interest to you.
Companies may also deduct withholding tax from dividends paid to shareholders.
If you receive interest as income you need to:
The RWT tax rate used will vary for individuals and different types of business entity.
For more information on RWT, the tax rate and how this tax applies to interest and dividends refer to the IRD website
Tax credits can be claimed by individuals (not companies, trusts or partnerships) who:
You may qualify for a tax credit for:
The tax credit able to be claimed is up to the lesser of 33.33% of the total donation or 33.33% of your taxable income and will require valid receipts. Tax credits for payments for childcare or a housekeeper have been removed from 1 April 2012.
For further information regarding tax credits, visit the tax credits section of the IRD website.
If you claimed a tax credit in the prior year, the IRD will automatically send you a Tax Credit Claim Form in April each year. Otherwise, click here for the latest version of the IRD 526 Tax Credit Claim Form.
This information relates solely to individuals and individual income tax. There are other tax credits which have been introduced. Please contact our office for more information on these.
Taxpayers who do not meet their tax obligations may face penalty or interest charges. To avoid such charges, you should pay the full amount of tax you owe by the due date.
The main kinds of charges for failing to meet tax obligations are:
Solutions such as tax pooling can also be used to ease taxpayer concerns and the resulting exposure to use of money interest.
For more information about tax pooling and your exposure to tax penalties, give us a call. For more information about tax penalties refer to the IRD's Obligations, Interest & Penalties Guide
Working for Families tax credits are available to families with dependent children aged 18 years or younger. These are refundable, meaning that if the credits exceed the person's income tax liability they are able to be refunded to the taxpayer.
The Working for Families tax credits are made up of the following:
Inland Revenue administer the Working for Families tax credits, however taxpayers who receive an income-tested benefit will receive payments from Work and Income.
For more information just give us a call or visit the IRD website.