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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

While every effort has been made to provide valuable, useful information in this publication, this firm and any related suppliers or associated companies accept no responsibility or any form of liability from reliance upon or use of its contents.  Any suggestions should be considered carefully within your own particular circumstances, as they are intended as general information only.

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Spotlight on Colin Farmer, Alliott Group

Written by Greg Millar on March 8th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Name: Colin Farmer. Title: Worldwide Chairman. Association: Alliott Group. Accomplishments: Numerous.

We share Colin's views on the big industry players, emerging technologies and his vision for Alliott Group in the future.


Jill celebrates 20 years with Alliotts!

Written by Vanessa Williams on March 7th, 2018.      0 comments

Jill Roberston-397Last week we got to take a few moments to mark a special team anniversary.

Chartered Accountant and Practice Manager Jill Peach celebrated 20 years with Alliotts!

Topics: accounting , talent, team

Advantages of Forecasting

Written by Vanessa Williams on March 5th, 2018.      0 comments

blindfold-708Financial forecasts assist in managing your finances and provide future predictions of your business finances, as compared to statements, which provide details of actual results of progress.

We look at 5 five ways forecasting can help your business.


Radical Technologies book review

Written by Greg Millar on March 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Greg(copy)(copy)Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us.

As many will know, Alliotts Director Greg Millar is an avid reader who devours books. Greg recommends his latest read as one worth checking out.

Alliotts team building taken to whole new level

Written by Greg Millar on February 26th, 2018.      0 comments

7K0A0597-174The Alliotts team swapped ‘office casual’ for fatigues last week to take part in Action Matakana’s Obstacle Course, needless to say we're sore, but in a good way.
Topics: Performance , team

Volatility returns to sharemarkets. Does it matter?

Written by Michael Beech on February 20th, 2018.      0 comments

2017 Michael Beech-431In recent weeks there has been renewed volatility in equity markets and the media have awoken from their summertime slumber. News directors drag out old footage of frantic traders and summon talking head experts to explain to ‘mums and dads” what it all means. Well, what does it mean? More importantly, does it matter?


Cash is king, cloud-style

Written by Vanessa Williams on February 14th, 2018.      0 comments

Spotlight Reporting Super VCFO lock up-962It may seem paradoxical, but you can be profitable and still go out of business. Or you can make massive ‘bottom line’ losses but be in good fiscal shape. The reason – cash.


The NZ economy in four charts

Written by ANZ Bluenotes on February 9th, 2018.      0 comments

Flag of New Zealand-331The strong global economy is feeding through into solid export prices and volumes in New Zealand. Though some timing issues were likely at play, merchandise exports in December were spectacular.

Social media updates for business

Written by Greg Millar on February 8th, 2018.      0 comments

bigstock-Social-Media-Computer-Key-Show-967If you are a business owner using social media to promote your business, are you aware of the changes to the Facebook news feed and how this change could affect your business?

We also compare using Google MyBusiness vs Google+ for business posts.
Topics: business, marketing

NZ business succession planning

Written by Greg Millar on February 7th, 2018.      0 comments

baton-405A tidal wave of small business owners in New Zealand are looking to retire or sell their business over the next five to ten years.

Read on to get Xero's free report to help maximise the value of your business if you are looking to exit the workforce.


Xero NZ payroll update

Written by Vanessa Williams on December 20th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382Xero has been working to solve paying GST registered contractors from within Xero Payroll ie the need to create a manual journal every pay run in order to balance GST lines.  
Topics: Payroll , Xero

5 tips to avoid the summer cash slump

Written by Greg Millar on December 19th, 2017.      0 comments

NZD calculator-857Summer can be a tricky time for cash flow. It doesn’t have to be; the quiet summer period can be incredibly productive. Use Xero's small business advisory panel's practical tips to avoid the summer slump.

50% of marketing spend is wasted, but which 50%

Written by Vanessa Williams on December 18th, 2017.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516Measuring ROI is critically important as you consider your marketing spend. Do you know which marketing activities work, and which don’t?


6 Advantages of Cost Accounting

Written by Vanessa Williams on December 11th, 2017.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516Cost accounting is about calculating the total cost involved in the process of production.  In a nutshell: “What it costs to create one widget!”

How A Cost Accounting System Improved Efficiency

Written by Greg Millar on December 7th, 2017.      0 comments

remote virtual office desk-762Read how a Cost Accounting system can improve efficiency and profit.


Employers providing gifts to employees at Christmas

Written by Greg Millar on December 4th, 2017.      0 comments

xmas party-900Non-monetary gifts to employees at Christmas may be unclassified fringe benefits (UFBs) and could be subject to fringe benefit tax (FBT). 
Topics: employers , FBT, tax

Xero app partner for tradies

Written by Greg Millar on November 27th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382Fergus - Cloud-based job management software specially built for tradies.

From site visits through to scheduling, quoting, invoicing and much more - Fergus manages all your tasks in one place and gives you the insight you need to grow.



Alliott NZ join leading firms at Alliott Group 2017 worldwide Sydney conference

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 21st, 2017.      0 comments

BridgeClimb Dawn Climb Sydney Opera House-91 Representative(s) from Alliott NZ were in Sydney from 18-21 October to attend the 2017 Worldwide Conference of Alliott Group, one of the world’s leading international associations of independent professional services firms.

Alliott NZ is the association’s representative member firm in New Zealand.      

Topics: alliott group

Tax treatment for leaky building remediation

Written by Greg Millar on November 13th, 2017.      0 comments

tap-221NZ IRD highlight the steps to work out the type of repair and maintenance costs of the leaky building (as a rental property) and whether you can claim them as a deduction. 

NZ’s employment law landscape set to change

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Flag of New Zealand-331New Zealand’s employment law landscape is now set to change and employers need to be ready to adapt.