Tips for choosing a business credit card

Why might you need to choose a business credit card? It can be a challenge for new business owners to find a bank that will approve them for even a small business loan. Most will see a young company as too high a risk to qualify for corporate lending. A credit card can serve as a short term solution for small scale financing, offering entrepreneurs a “foot in the door”…  Read more

Is it better to buy or lease a company vehicle?

If you need a car to operate your business, you may wonder whether it makes more sense to buy or lease a company vehicle. On the one hand, if your business owns the car you’ll have a long-term asset and may qualify for more tax deductions. On the other hand, buying a car is a huge expense and monthly lease payments tend to be lower than car loan payments; they…  Read more

Short Term Rentals: What You Need to Know

If you’re thinking about making your home, rental property or holiday house available for short term rentals, make sure you know the rules on holiday rental agreements, claiming expenses, whether to declare it at tax time, and more. Holiday home rental needs to be done right Key things to consider for holiday rentals With the rise of online holiday accommodation websites like Airbnb and Bookabach, listing a property for short-term…  Read more

Claiming expenses on business trips – what’s tax deductible?

You can claim tax deductions for lots of daily expenses when you’re travelling for work. If you take a holiday as part of the same trip, you can only claim for the parts of the trip that were work-related. In general, when you’re away from home you can claim for: flights taxis, or mileage if you use your own car for business travel accommodation meals and snacks. Accommodation If you’re…  Read more

Property Tax Tip: The 10-Year Rule for Real Estate

For this property tax tip we thought it might be handy to summarise the 10 year rule. There are three classes of people involved in land type businesses for income tax purposes. They are developers, dealers in land and builders. The first two are not generally involved in building. If they buy an investment property and sit on it for at least 10 years, they can sell the property without…  Read more

Property Tax Tip: Tax Depreciation Opportunity

Here is a property tax tip that is often overlooked: claiming depreciation. When you buy a property, you can separate out items of commercial fit out for depreciation purposes. Along with the fit out, one item often overlooked is depreciable land improvements like hardstanding areas such as car parks, as separate assets. These hard standing areas could just be base course. The diminishing value rate for car parking pads is…  Read more

House Inflation – Sage Advice

House inflation; something to think about when it comes to one our most expensive assets. Since 1963 under 12 three year terms of National governments average house prices have risen by 9.2% per annum. Under Labour’s 6 terms they have risen 16.8% per annum on average. If we confine ourselves only to the 1990+ low inflation period the average per annum rise under National has been 6.6% versus 12.6% under…  Read more

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