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Sustainable initiatives good for business and the planet

Date: 12th June 2019

It is increasingly recognised that sustainable investment is good for business and that investors do not necessarily have to choose between returns and positive impact. In fact, there are many


Meet our business apps specialist

Date: 17th May 2019

Meet Josh Wilson, a Sidekick Director, and our Business Apps specialist. He focuses on finding solutions for clients, whether that’s using the current system you have more efficiently, or helping


GST to be charged on low value imported goods

Date: 14th May 2019

Since 2016, GST has been collected on online services and intangibles bought from overseas such as software downloads, e-books, legal and accounting advice, and streamed movies and music. Now the government is


Inland Revenue website & tax systems upgraded

Date: 28th April 2019

If you’ve logged into Inland Revenue online in the last few days, you’ll have noticed a big change. A shiny new website. But that’s only part of the changes that


Landlords note: new healthy home standards for rental properties

Date: 20th April 2019

Many rental homes in New Zealand are well below the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum indoor temperature of 18°C. To address this concern, the government is making changes to help


ACC work levies dropping

Date: 1st April 2019

Business cost decreases, especially tax and compliance cost decreases, don’t happen too often, so when they do, it’s worth mentioning! Over the coming two years, employers and self-employed workers will


Plastic bag ban: is your business ready?

Date: 17th March 2019

As you are probably aware, mainstream supermarkets in New Zealand have made a shift away from providing customers with single use plastic shopping bags and as of 1 July 2019


4 key changes to KiwiSaver in 2019

Date: 1st March 2019

Proposed changes to the structure of Kiwisaver could see New Zealand’s retirement savings increase, and the risk of retirement savings shortfall decrease, over time. The proposed amendments, which are still


Employers take note: payday filing now compulsory

Date: 15th February 2019

Starting next month, ir-File and Employer Monthly Schedules will be discontinued and employers will be required to file employment information every payday instead of once a month. Inland Revenue is


3 law changes that may affect your business in 2019

Date: 1st February 2019

Over recent months we’ve seen a number of diverse law changes, and some more coming up, that will most likely affect your business in some way. The changes relate to


Entries open for 2018 Queenstown Chamber Business Awards

Date: 31st July 2018

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce have announced the opening of entries for their biennial 2018 Westpac Business Awards. The awards celebrate local, regional and national business achievements in the Queenstown


All new Xero Expenses

Date: 17th July 2018

The all new Xero Expenses is here, making it simpler to claim expenses and giving you valuable insights into spending patterns. The purpose of Xero Expenses is to improve the


Families to receive increased support

Date: 26th June 2018

While many families in the Queenstown Lakes region are benefiting from increases in tourism and a generally buoyant economy, there are some who may be feeling the pinch. Whether it’s


Increased attention given to Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT)

Date: 19th June 2018

Given the importance of keeping your PAYE and GST record-keeping and payments in order, it might be tempting to think that Fringe Benefit Tax, or FBT, is a relatively minor


Airbnb injects $90m into Queenstown & Wanaka’s economies

Date: 14th June 2018

Guests staying in short stay holiday accommodation provided by the online platform Airbnb, contributed around $88.6 million to the Queenstown Lakes District economy in 2017. This is according to a


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