Articles by Matthew Gilligan
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Whilst it has almost been six months since the new zero rating provisions for land transactions came into force, at GRA we are still seeing quirks and issues emerge as practitioners and property traders / investors come to grips with the new rules.  In today’s article I want to examine two scenarios that those of you who are property trading should be wary of.  ... Read Article

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Many of our clients come to us because they are not getting advice or they are not satisfied with advice they are receiving from other accountants.  In recent times the tax changes introduced by the National Government regarding property investors have created quite a stir and presented some challenges to investors in regard to making a decision as to whether to (a) convert their LAQC (Loss Attributing Qualifying Company) to a Look Through Company (LTC); (b) remain a QC (ie LAQC without ability to attribute losses); (c) revert to "ordinary" company status; or (d) migrate out of the company into individual ownership of the assets.  ... Read Article

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On 1 April 2011 new GST rules came into force.  Perhaps the change of most significance to many of our clients are the new rules around zero rating of land transactions.  These rules were brought in to address concerns the Government had about GST leakage where land was being sold from one GST registered party to another, with the GST registered purchaser making a GST claim that was funded by the IRD, only for the GST registered vendor to turn out to be insolvent meaning the IRD were not able to collect the GST from them.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The 2012 tax year began on 1 April 2011 for most taxpayers and with it new tax rules in relation depreciation on buildings and LAQCs finally came into force.  We have written a number of times on the potential impact these rules may have on you if you have an existing LAQC and have long been encouraging our clients to make contact with us in order to have their circumstances reviewed so that appropriate action can be taken.  ... Read Article

Friday, January 28, 2011

LAQC / LTC TAX CHANGES  ... Read Article

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Since announcing in May that the LAQC regime was going to be the subject of an overhaul the property investment community has been anxiously awaiting the Government’s follow-up to the Issues Paper released at the time.  On Friday 15 October 2010 draft legislation was released.  As at the time of writing all practitioners, including myself, were poring over the draft to get to grips with the new regime.  The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the proposed rules.  Contact Us At GRA  ... Read Article

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

In June 2008 the Government released a tax policy issues paper for public consultation that looked at options for reducing risks that GST can present to both businesses and the Government.  Following submissions in relation to this, the Government has now released a follow up discussion document that reinforces many of the proposals initially made but with one notable omission.  ... Read Article

Saturday, May 16, 2009

As a structuring advisor to investors and business people, one very common mistake with many  business and property structures is a spouse being offered as a guarantor to the banks, landlords or creditors of a business.
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