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Name: Sybrand van Schalkwyk


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Bio: Sybrand van Schalkwyk is a senior tax manager with Staples Rodway in Christchurch, and enjoys tax.

Posts by Sybrand van Schalkwyk:

    Earthquake Tax Changes – August 2012

    August 23rd, 2012

    Seven New Tax Rules you need to know

    By Spencer Smith and Sybrand van Schalkwyk

    Before 22 February 2011, our tax rules for insurance payouts were pretty basic.

    The tax rules never envisaged the complex situations that many businesses are finding themselves in with their insurers. The experience in the aftermath of Canterbury’s earthquakes quickly revealed the inadequacy of our overly simple rules. 

    To give the Government credit where it is due, the IRD’s Policy Unit has moved to address the problems and to enact sensible and pragmatic rules in response to issues such as red zones and the demolition of buildings because they are uneconomic to repair.

    This blog summarises 7 tax changes for Insurance Payouts that we think you should know about, including the most recent changes announced earlier this month (now included in an amendment Bill before Parliament).     Read the rest of this entry “

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    Budget 2012

    May 24th, 2012

    The Government released its 2012 Budget at 2pm this afternoon. Spencer Smith, Tax Director, and Sybrand van Schalkwyk, Senior Tax Manager, both from Staples Rodway, Chartered Accountants in Christchurch, discuss their impressions of the tax issues in the Budget in this podcast.

    Click here to listen. Budget 2012

    For our website please click here: Christchurch Chartered Accountants for our contact details.

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    Budget 2011 – three perspectives

    May 19th, 2011

    At 2pm today the Government lifted the press embargo on Budget 2011. As they did last year, Vicki Ammundsen and John Peterson have agreed to share their views on the Budget. We have also asked Stephen Tomlinson to join us. We have recorded the discussions, and you can listen to them here: Read the rest of this entry “


    Tricky transitional rules for GST Zero Rating of Land

    November 23rd, 2010

    The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee (“FEC”) recently reported back on the Taxation (GST and Remedial Matters) Bill.  This Bill contains significant amendments to the GST Act, perhaps the most significant since the changes made in the year 2000.  It is important to be aware of the provisions relating to the zero rating of land contained in the Bill.

    This article focuses on some of the transitional issues that advisors should be aware of. Read the rest of this entry “


    Dastardly Duty may be Demolished

    June 24th, 2010

    This blog considers the likely consequences if Gift Duty were to be abolished.  The Government has recently announced that such a move is being considered.  Every practitioner should be aware of this possible shift, as it is likely to have an impact on just about every individual they advise. The Government has said that a period of consultation will be undertaken, and if Gift Duty is to be abolished, the proposal will be contained in a Bill to be released in November 2010.

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    GST Transitional Rules for those on Payments Basis

    June 1st, 2010

    What are the transitional rules for moving to the 15% GST rate in New Zealand from 1 October 2010 if you account for GST on a payments basis? The transition rules applying to those on a payments basis are arguably the most complex part of the change to the GST rate. This article helps explain these specific aspects of the transitional rules. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Budget Podcast – John Peterson, Vicki Ammundsen and Sybrand van Schalkwyk

    May 20th, 2010

    John Peterson and Vicki Ammundsen join me on this first TalkTax podcast.  Hope you enjoy our thoughts on the Budget released today.  Please leave a comment below.

    Click on this link to listen: Thoughts on the Budget

    The transcript of the podcast is copied below:

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    Australia New Zealand DTA enters into force

    March 23rd, 2010

    Yesterday the Government announced that the new Australia/New Zealand double tax agreement has entered into force. This means that both countries have completed their domestic law requirements for incorporating the treaty into their respective laws. The way is clear for the provisions of the treaty to apply.

    The application dates are different for different types of tax. The first relevant application date is the provisions relating to Fringe Benefit Tax (“FBT”).  Briefly the Article provides that FBT will follow the taxing rights of salary and wages, thereby reducing the possibility of double FBT. The provisions apply from 1 April 2010, and is slightly different compared with the 1995 treaty position.

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    International Charities’ help required

    January 25th, 2010

    Are you an international charity that has recently applied for listing on Schedule 32 of the Income Tax Act 2007?  Or do you have a client in this position?  If so, we would like to hear from you.

    Very briefly, Schedule 32 status is afforded to a select few international charities, and with the lifting of the caps on donations credits and deductions, there has been a flood of applications to be listed.

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    Tax New Year’s Resolutions–Victoria Uni Tax Working Group Report

    January 20th, 2010

    One can imagine the Income Tax Act 2007 looking in the mirror on the morning of 1 January and saying to itself: “You need to loose some weight buddy”. Or the IR 3 trying to squeeze into its envelope and feeling as if it’s bursting at the seams. Alas, just like with everyone else, neither the Tax Act nor the IR 3 is likely to keep to their New Year’s Resolutions.

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