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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.

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Portuguese tax and investment incentives

Written by Greg Millar on December 9th, 2019.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Basic information about the Portuguese special tax regime for individuals and the Portuguese golden visa program, both popular programs in Europe. 
Topics: alliott group, tax
 

Yield curves

Written by Michael Beech on December 4th, 2019.      0 comments

2017 Michael Beech-431The financial media is currently full of gloomy-sounding references to ‘inverted yield curves’ as a harbinger of a global recession. In lay terms, what does all this mean and how should a long-term investor respond?

 

Residential property changes

Written by Greg Millar on December 2nd, 2019.      0 comments

key handover-357From the 2019-20 income year onward, new rules apply to deductions claimed for residential properties.
 

Understanding the factors that drive your business

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 25th, 2019.      0 comments

success-182There are many ways to improve business performance but which initiatives will bring the biggest impact? This article identifies some metrics or ‘drivers’ which grow revenue, profit and business value. Establish how you are performing now and measure the impact of any improvement. Focus on the things that matter! 
 

BP and Xero Connect

Written by Greg Millar on November 18th, 2019.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608Xero now integrates with the BP Fuelcard in New Zealand, keeping small businesses on the road without the headache of holding onto physical receipts.
 

Alliott NZ still top in NZ, 3 years running

Written by Vanessa Williams on November 11th, 2019.      0 comments

NZ T30 icon copyAuckland Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers Alliott NZ Ltd have been named a New Zealand Top 30 accounting firm for the third year running!
 

Alliott NZ joins colleagues at 2019 worldwide conference

Written by Greg Millar on November 4th, 2019.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Alliotts' Greg Millar and Vanessa Williams were among the 138 delegates from 78 independent accounting and law firms in 38 countries who were in attendance in Madrid for the 2019 Worldwide Conference of Alliott Group, the firm’s international alliance.
 

A Strategic Look at the People Numbers

Written by Vanessa Williams on October 28th, 2019.      0 comments

7K0A0597-174Human Resource (HR) strategy is one of the most important activities undertaken by business leaders. People-skills, communication and empathy are all important but HR data is an important guide. Our article provides specific examples of how HR data can positively impact your decisions.
 

IRD moving on from cheque payments

Written by Greg Millar on October 21st, 2019.      0 comments

NZD calculator-857Inland Revenue is becoming increasingly digital in the way they work. Soon this will include a move away from cheques.
 

Research and development tax incentive

Written by Vanessa Williams on October 14th, 2019.      0 comments

light bulb-66-166Find out more about the Research and development tax incentive (RDTI), including eligibility, enrolment and recordkeeping.
 

NZ calling time on cheques

Written by Greg Millar on October 7th, 2019.      0 comments

credit card-261​​​​​​​From 1 March 2020, the IRD will no longer be accepting cheques, including post-dated cheques (dated after 1 March 2020) from customers who are able to use alternative payment options. We outline the various other ways to pay your tax.
 

Management Buyout

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 30th, 2019.      0 comments

baton-405Most businesses experience significant events such as acquisition, merger, liquidation, IPO, etc. A Management Buy-out (MBO) can be attractive to buyers and sellers who know each other well before the transaction. There are risks and careful planning is required. Our article explores these issues and why having a competent advisor is important.
 

The Importance of Categorising Your Customers

Written by Greg Millar on September 23rd, 2019.      0 comments

barcode head-448While customers are important, not all are alike. Classify yours to help you understand which groups represent the most value to your business and will help you identify your most profitable segments with target services and communications.
 

Xerocon Brisbane 2019

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 16th, 2019.      0 comments

xero platinum logo 210x70 px-629At Xerocon in Brisbane this year, Xero took the opportunity to build on the story of where they came from and paint a picture of what the future holds for Xero.
#xerocon2019
 

NZ moving on from cheques

Written by Greg Millar on September 11th, 2019.      0 comments

ipad outside screen-253From 1 March 2020, Inland Revenue will no longer be accepting cheques if customers have an alternative payment option available. This includes post-dated cheques (cheques dated after 1 March 2020).
 

Using Data to Drive Success

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 9th, 2019.      0 comments

success-182This article explains how the approach to sales is undergoing fundamental change as organisations gain access to data that was previously unavailable. Analysing sales performance helps us decide what to do next in terms of generating leads, product focus and improved lead times. And it is easier than ever before to track our progress and grow our revenue.
 

Cyber policies should cover these points

Written by Greg Millar on September 2nd, 2019.      0 comments

check tick-407-962Continuing our focus on cybersecurity, we list 10 cyber policies and nine governance questions for business owners.
 

Leading cyber risks

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 28th, 2019.      0 comments

nimbus technology computer-security2-768If you have a major cybersecurity event that impacts the organisation’s records there is an impact on the trust of the organisation and on reputation which will ultimately impact the finances. We look at eight types of breaches.
 

Your numbers should tell a story

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 26th, 2019.      0 comments

ipad outside screen-253Accounting is a technical skill, and not all business owners are necessarily savvy in this field. This is where a good accountant can come in. 
 

The era of the cyber resilient CFO

Written by Greg Millar on August 21st, 2019.      0 comments

catch fish hook-44If you’re a finance leader who thinks cyber risk is someone else’s problem – probably the IT department’s – it’s time for an urgent rethink.