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Bio: Rizwana Saheed, BCom (Hons), MTaxS, works as a CCH tax analyst and has over ten years of experience working in the tax field. Before joining CCH, she spent three years with KPMG in the tax division. Prior to that, she spent two years with Gosling Chapman in a mixed business advisory services/tax role.

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    Ring-fencing residential rental property losses

    March 29th, 2018

    The inability to offset residential rental losses against salary and wages (and other income) is one step closer to reality after the Government released an issues paper today. In a nutshell –

    • Losses arising from rental properties will not be able to be offset against the taxpayer’s other income. These losses often arise due to interest payable on mortgages on the rental property.

    • The ring-fencing will apply to residential properties only (including overseas residential rental properties)

    • The person’s main home will be excluded from ring-fencing, as well as properties that are held on revenue account (i.e. subject to tax on sale because of a land dealing, development or subdivision business) and properties that are subject to the mixed-use asset rules

    • The ring-fenced losses can be carried forward to future years and offset against future rental income or against future taxable income on the sale of the property

    • Losses will be able to be offset on a portfolio basis i.e. ring-fenced losses from one property can be offset against income from another rental property

    • The rules will apply to individuals as well as trusts, companies (including LTCs), and partnerships

    • The rules are intended to kick in from the start of the 2019/20 income year.

    The Issues Paper can be found on Inland Revenue’s tax policy website:

    Submissions close on 11 May 2018.

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    Are you ready for RLWT?

    June 24th, 2016

    Residential land withholding tax (RLWT) kicks in on 1 July 2016. “Offshore RLWT persons” who sell land subject to the bright-line test may have RLWT deducted from their sale proceeds. Primarily, the vendor’s conveyancer will be responsible for deducting the tax, however, accountants may need to assist with calculating the amount payable to Inland Revenue.

    The tax was introduced as a means of ensuring that offshore taxpayers who are required to pay tax under the bright-line test meet their New Zealand tax obligations. Collection of income tax from these taxpayers is more challenging then from New Zealand based taxpayers, and so deducting at source can be seen as a way around the issue. Read the rest of this entry “

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    FBT on car parks

    February 4th, 2016

    In the past, the Commissioner’s view has been that car parks provided to employees under a license agreement did not qualify for the on-premises exemption and were therefore subject to FBT. However, the question of whether or not FBT applies to a car park now focuses on whether the employer has a right over the car park which is substantially exclusive. So if the employer has a right which is in fact, or effect, substantially exclusive, then the car park will not be subject to FBT.

    In a nutshell, the higher the degree of control the employer has over the car park, the more likely it is that the right is substantially exclusive.

    Going back a step, there is an FBT liability when an employer provides a free car park to an employee. However, there is an exemption for fringe benefits which are provided on the employer’s premises. This is sometimes referred to as the “on premises exemption”. The “premises” of an employer includes land which owned and leased by the employer.

    A recent Inland Revenue ruling (BR Pub 15/11) states that when deciding on the question of FBT, employers will have to look closely at the nature of the car parking arrangement and whether it gives the employer a right to use the car park which is in fact, or effect, substantially exclusive. So a car park which is subject to a license can now be exempt from FBT if the employer has a substantially exclusive right to use it.

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    Government acts to target property speculators

    May 18th, 2015

    The Government announced tax measures yesterday which will target taxpayers who purchase and sell properties within a short period of time in the hopes of making a quick dollar. Although the law already taxes property acquired with the intention or purpose of disposal, the legislation is currently seen to be difficult to apply. Furthermore, even if it is clear that a person should be paying tax, it’s not always easy for the Revenue to track down foreign property speculators. To this end, the Government has also announced measures which will specifically target non-residents.

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    February tax bill – what’s in store for you?

    February 27th, 2015

    On 26th February, the Government introduced the long-awaited Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015-16, Research and Development and Remedial Matters) Bill. This post provides a brief overview of what tax changes are in the pipeline. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Employee allowances – how should these be treated?

    November 13th, 2014

    Salary and wages are not the only payments that an employer might make to an employee. An employer might also pay an allowance or reimbursement to their employee. Examples include allowances/reimbursements for business use of a private motor vehicle and reimbursement for meals and accommodation. How should an employer treat these types of payments? Should PAYE be deducted?

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