Residential Rule Changes – An indication of things to come

In March 2021, the government announced a number of changes to residential rental tax rules aimed at disincentivising investors from buying existing residential rental properties and making investment into new builds more attractive. The main changes were increasing the bright-line test period from 5 years to 10 years and limiting interest deductions from October 2021 onwards for anything other than new build properties. Here's what we know








Art Show from Surviving to Thriving

We are long-time supporters of the NZ Art Show and 2020’s show taught us to do things differently. This year we also worked differently to keep within budgets, planning for the worst – but hoping for the best. In fact, we even managed to beat our previous sales figures – with $2mil raised in support of artists!








Sustainable Business is Better Business

A sustainable business focus is no longer the domain of good intentions. More and more future focused SMEs are looking to sustainable business practices to create long-term financial success, brand differentiation and improved social, environmental, and cultural outcomes. Wondering how to make your business more sustainable? In this blog our director Kevin Summerhays talks about how sustainability leads to better business and how SMEs can get started.








A Graduate's Perspective

Our graduate accountant Rachel Dickie has written a great blog about life as a graduate accountant that touches on how she coped with covid as a new starter. Rachel talks about how being paperless and in the cloud allowed her to head home for lockdown while still engaging with the team and clients. It’s been wonderful to see Rachel grow in her role here and we are delighted to read that she values her time with us too! 








The Four Day Work Week - Final comments from our Directors

We first started our trial of the 4DWW in February 2020.  After close to 12 months on trial, we have decided that it works sufficiently well for us to implement it permanently.  We’ve had a lot of interest from others about our experiment, so we thought we’d pass on some of our learnings.








The Four Day Work Week - Comments from our Team

Here is were we will be adding our own comments and observations about the four-day work week. Feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss any of these comments.








A trap that causes many businesses to go broke, while they’re making a profit

There’s a saying in business, “You can go broke making a profit.” And another, “Cash is king. Profit is theory.” As you know only too well, you don’t pay rent, meet payroll or pay your bills with profit. You pay them with CASH. Cash flow crises can often be averted. They can be predicted, planned for, and then contingency measures put in place.

In this blog post Anne Stephenson talks through common cash problems in business, how you can sleep better at night and what a cashflow forecast will mean for you. We also created a document outlining the top 10 ways you can improve cashflow within your business.








3 reasons your business needs a budget now

For many, the word ‘budget’ is about as appealing as the word ‘diet’.  It seems to imply what you will go without, rather than what you will achieve. A budget should be treated like a map and not a diet. Successful business owners see budgets as a way to help set clear targets that they monitor closely and adjust as they go throughout the year.

In this blog post Anne Stephenson outlines 3 compelling reasons your business needs a budget NOW!








Election 2020 and what it means for New Zealand taxpayers

Politicians make many promises in the lead up to an election and taxes are always front-and-centre. That's because tax revenue is what makes the promises possible. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a situation where the government needs to spend a lot of money to support our health system and to aid our financial recovery.

Steve Dawson has taken a look at the party tax policies for those at the table, what is likely to happen with Labour in power, and what this means for you.








The link between leadership and wellbeing

Connected Accountants invests in wellbeing and has set about making it a core plank of our strategy. It isn’t a ‘set and forget’ but an ongoing commitment to improve and focus on the wellbeing of our team. We want our whole team to be happy and healthy and for that positivity to be felt by the customers we work with and the community that we operate within. Craig Hudson from Xero recently presented a personal and business case as to why empathetic leadership matters for you, your team, and your business and what you can do to help set the wheels in motion.








Is Open Banking the Future?

Open banking is a global trend that presents opportunities for SME’s in customer experience and business finance. We are on the cusp of radical changes in the financial system that will increase the efficiencies of getting paid, making payments, and securing fairer access to capital. Read more on how these advancements in technology will aid in a more efficienct and improved financial system which enables better advice for better business.








Trust Law Changes - Into the 21st Century

From January 2021 a new Trustee Act will come into effect bringing with it new expectations on trustees.  A number of the changes are around the duties, obligations and responsibilities of the trustees to the beneficiaries.  With somewhere between 300,000 - 500,000 trusts in NZ, these changes will have a wide-ranging impact. Have a read through what it may mean for you and your family trust.








Effective KPIs

Developing effective KPIs for your business and your team requires a balanced approach that looks at your business from the perspective of all stakeholders.








COVID-19 | Latest Updates

An update of financial assistance available to businesses at 24th of August 2020.








COVID | Danger & Opportunity

Weiji is the Chinese symbol for crisis, often said to include two concepts; danger + opportunity.  Whether that is true or not, it certainly includes the idea of being at a point where things change and there is no doubt that we’re in that spot right now.  








COVID Update | Plan to Recover

An update and some practical tips on making the most of the business support available from the government and banks. Plan now to position your business to recover with strength. 








Covid-19 - Advice for Better Business

Surviving Covid-19 >> practical tips for better business








Help Available to NZ Business - COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 the Government is acting to support the economy, with a particular focus on small businesses, supporting employees, and taxes. The package includes wage subsidy schemes, leave and self-isolation support and business cash flow and tax measures. More info within...








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