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Accounting standards left trying to fix tax oddity

In May 2010 the Taxation (Budget Measures) Act 2010 did away with tax deductions for depreciation on buildings with an expected life of 50 years or more. That in itself had many taxpayers and their advisors shaking their heads in dismay. However, imagine the impact it has on companies with large property portfolios. This latest amendment to the tax law has resulted in many companies having a deferred tax liability.

The effect of these deferred tax liabilities is that companies’ accounts may not reflect a “true and fair view” and may be misleading for investors because even though it affects the net profit, it does not have any relevance to the performance of the company per se.

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GST rate increase – Is it worthwhile to pay council rates instalments in advance?

I recently received an invoice from the Wellington City Council for the first quarterly rates instalment for the 2010/2011 year. Enclosed with the invoice was a slip advising of the upcoming increase in GST rate and suggesting that ratepayers could save themselves some money by paying the remaining three rates instalments before 1 October if they can afford to do so. We thought it would be interesting to put this to the test with some back-of-the-envelope calculations. Read more

J G Russell 30 years on – is the IRD ever going to give up?

…and so the battle continues between a tax “genius” and the IRD. Since the 1980s, Mr J G Russell (Mr Russell) has been involved in legal disputes with the IRD over various schemes designed to reduce liability for income tax on companies he consulted to. The IRD claims that he owes millions of dollars in back taxes, which has since grown, with penalties and interest, to a whopping $138m. Read more

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