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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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5 Steps to Stronger Cash Flow Management

Written by Greg Millar on September 14th, 2020.      0 comments

nz money 100s 50s generic n2-451Some businesses are finding opportunities in the COVID19 environment while others struggle. Common to all businesses is the need for astute cash management. In our article, we look at some best practices to help you best utilise your cash.
 

Alert Level 3 Extension for Auckland

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 27th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the extension of Alert Level 3 in Auckland to 11.59pm on Sunday 30th August 2020. Auckland will then drop down to Alert Level 2. The rest of the country remains at Alert Level 2.
 

Business Resilience Through Precise Cash Flow Management

Written by Greg Millar on August 17th, 2020.      0 comments

resilience copyManaging cash flow is not a financial challenge. It is a business challenge and resilient businesses will base their assumptions on a good understanding of the market, the business goals and business priorities. 
 

Important message for Businesses from NZ Inland Revenue

Written by Vanessa Williams on July 7th, 2020.      0 comments

IRD iconThe NZ Government has announced a further extension for the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme (SBC).
 

How 3 creative Kiwi businesses handled COVID-19

Written by Xero on July 2nd, 2020.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608COVID-19 rocked the boat for many small businesses in New Zealand. Business owners had to work hard to stay afloat. These three awesome Kiwi businesses hustled to help their business survive the storm of COVID-19.

 

Xero price increase delayed until further notice

Written by Greg Millar on June 22nd, 2020.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608The price increase to Xero Starter, Standard and Premium plans that was going to happen on 1 July 2020 is now delayed until further notice.
 

Xero small business apps for retail

Written by Vanessa Williams on June 15th, 2020.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608Xero users have access to a range of tools to set retailers up for success as they work through COVID-19 challenges and adapt to a ‘new normal’. 
 

From COVID-19 Survival to Resilience

Written by Greg Millar on May 18th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusSurvival has been on the minds of many leaders recently. But businesses are shifting their focus to resilience. What does it take to build businesses that can survive AND thrive in the longer term? Past methods may not work as well in the ‘new’ environment. Then again, what will really change? In this article, we’ll look at some attributes of resilient businesses.
 

New Zealand Budget 2020

Written by Vanessa Williams on May 15th, 2020.      0 comments

budget blocks copyAs expected, the 2020 Budget has been a high spending one with a deficit forecasted to be $29.6 billion in 2021. We break down the expenditure and key initiatives.

 

COVID-19 Small Business Cashflow Scheme and Business Finance Guarantee Scheme

Written by Vanessa Williams on May 5th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusLast week the Government announced it will provide interest-free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 to support their immediate cash flow needs and meet fixed costs.
 

Managing (and Getting Help) Through a Business Crisis

Written by Greg Millar on April 27th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusRecent global events are testing the mettle of even the most experienced leaders. What skills are necessary in this time of uncertainty? What leadership traits will help steer a business through the multitude of challenges and threats? Read on for leadership ideas which can be applied in your business.  
 

Paying Income Tax to Tax Traders vs the IRD

Written by Vanessa Williams on March 18th, 2020.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516Since its inception, we have worked with Tax Traders to ensure that our clients achieve better outcomes than just paying tax to the IRD directly. Now that Tax Traders have no minimum use limits, we would like to highlight this to all Alliotts clients.

 

Watch Your Cash Flow

Written by Vanessa Wiliams on July 12th, 2019.      0 comments

consultant-885Read why the key thing for you to do is to be aware of the necessity to monitor your cash flow position on an ongoing basis, particularly relating to work in progress, stock, debtors and creditors.
 

Research & Development Tax Incentive

Written by Vanessa Williams on May 27th, 2019.      0 comments

cogsThis year the Government is working to introduce a new tax incentive for businesses conducting research and development, the research and development tax incentive  (RDTI). The RDTI will give businesses a 15% tax credit if they spend a minimum of $50,000 per year on eligible R&D. Businesses spending less than $50,000 may still be eligible, so long as they are using an approved research provider to carry out their R&D. The Taxation (Research and Development Tax Credits) Bill is about to go before Parliament for its Second Reading. If passed into law, the RDTI will take effect from the beginning of a business’s 2019/2020 income year.
 

Financial Reporting

Written by Vanessa Williams on March 6th, 2019.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516The quality and relevance of financial reporting influences a manager’s attitude to financial matters. Having a good understanding and good representation of the numbers helps improve decision making and boost business performance.
 

2019 business planning

Written by Greg Millar on January 14th, 2019.      0 comments

new year-433Happy New Year! Although many do possess business skills, financial acumen is rarely high among them. In this article, we list three common financial mistakes that we observe frequently.
 

GoCardless with Xero

Written by Vanessa Williams on December 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608Wish your cash flow was more predictable? Xero has teamed up with GoCardless so you can accept direct debit payments, to get your ad-hoc and recurring payments flowing without having to go to great lengths.
 

Xero add-ons for your business

Written by Greg Millar on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382As well as bringing up your profit margins, add-ons also help save you time and streamline your cash flow. Work with us to empower your business with the technology to automate mind-numbing admin tasks, and focus on what you do best. So what add-ons should be on your hit list? 
 

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.

 

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.