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Little to tax small businesses in 2016 Budget

Little to tax small businesses in 2016 Budget

There were few surprises for small businesses in the 2016, but there were still things to smile about. Read on…

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Six tips for filing your tax return by 7 July

Six tips for filing your tax return by 7 July

Filing tax returns can be a daunting task for even the most experienced taxpayer. Our top tips will help smooth the process. Read on…

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H&S Wellington conference to tackle major issues

H&S Wellington conference to tackle major issues

Take time out of the day-to-day to focus on workplace health and safety with experts from across the sector and other businesses at a conference in September. Check out the speakers…

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Total recall: What to do when your products need to go back

Total recall: What to do when your products need to go back

If a product you make or sell needs to be taken off the market because it’s potentially dangerous, what must you do? Sign up to a new website for official alerts and advice. Find out more…

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Roadshow of government support for businesses

Roadshow of government support for businesses

From law changes to help finding funding and R&D support, the government is hitting the road to give business owners up-to-date information and the chance to talk to directly to agencies. Find out more…

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Free recruiting tool brings world’s workers to NZ

Free recruiting tool brings world’s workers to NZ

Can’t find the right person for the job? This free tool helps you find overseas jobseekers with the right skills. Start your search…

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4 steps to get your growth moving

4 steps to get your growth moving

Small business owners are the heroes of our economy, but many struggle to grow. The challenge is getting them to believe they can, says an expert from business growth hub The Icehouse. Check it out…

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Owed money? Tips for chasing debtors

Owed money? Tips for chasing debtors

Getting paid is essential for business success, so don’t let unpaid invoices and debts build up. These tips will help you keep the cash flowing. Find out how…

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ACC: Take the pain out of levy day

ACC: Take the pain out of levy day

Every year small businesses pay levies to ACC to cover work-related accidents. Here’s how to soften the budget blow. Check out our tips…

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Build easy, legal staff contracts

Build easy, legal staff contracts

Our new online tool has all you need to create legal employment agreements — and in plain English.

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Filing GST just got simpler

Filing GST just got simpler

File GST direct from your accounting software now Inland Revenue has teamed up with online accounting firms MYOB and Xero.

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Got staff? You need to know the new rules

Got staff? You need to know the new rules

The law has changed on zero-hour contracts, shift cancellations, parental leave, record keeping and minimum wages. Check out our examples and useful tools to get up to speed.

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New banknotes: Is that $50 the real deal?

New banknotes: Is that $50 the real deal?

New security-enriched $20, $50 and $100 notes roll out next month. Here’s how to tell the real from any fakes.

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How some R&D companies can gain from tax losses

How some R&D companies can gain from tax losses

If you’re a new business doing R&D work — and operating at a tax loss — you might be entitled to some cash.

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Free marketing resources for Kiwi businesses

Free marketing resources for Kiwi businesses

Kiwi businesses looking for top-quality marketing resources have access to a free online toolkit.

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Tax: Pay-as-you-go for better cashflow

Tax: Pay-as-you-go for better cashflow

A new pay-as-you-go option for paying your provisional tax could not only save you time and money, but also ease your cash flow problems.

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Time’s up for ‘zero-hour’ contracts

Time’s up for ‘zero-hour’ contracts

From 1 April, employers can no longer offer "zero-hour" contracts. If you have staff on these contracts, you may need to guarantee them hours of work.

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New compensation rules for cancelled shifts

New compensation rules for cancelled shifts

A law change means employers now need to give workers compensation if a shift gets cancelled without enough notice.

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Parental leave: More of it, for more people

Parental leave: More of it, for more people

Parental leave is about to go up to 18 weeks, and a wider range of workers will be able to take it. Find out what this means for your business.

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Minimum wage gets 50c hike

Minimum wage gets 50c hike

The adult minimum wage is now $15.25 an hour. If you pay your workers minimum wage rates, you’ll need to update your payroll and their records.

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Health and safety: Round-up of law changes

Health and safety: Round-up of law changes

Health and safety law changes from April 2016, covering worker involvement, asbestos removal and more. Find out what it means for your business.

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Enforcement of employment standards

Enforcement of employment standards

Changes to minimum employment standards come into affect in April. Find out what you need to know to be ready.

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Grab a first year tax discount and other tax tips

Grab a first year tax discount and other tax tips

Starting out in business? If you’re self-employed or in a partnership and pay your tax before 31 March, you could get a discount. Check out our new visual guide for more tax-reducing tips.

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Does my business need an H&S rep?

Does my business need an H&S rep?

Health and safety law applies to all businesses. But some small businesses may not need to have a health and safety representative. Is this you…?

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Food Act changes: Will it cost you less?

Food Act changes: Will it cost you less?

If you make or sell food, law changes could affect your costs. (Hint: it all comes down to risk.)

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How a flexible workforce helps your business

How a flexible workforce helps your business

Having a workforce that’s more flexible and diverse can benefit your staff and business. Here’s what you need to do if someone asks for a flexible work arrangement.

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Paid parental leave changes ahead

Paid parental leave changes ahead

Employees may be able to get 18 weeks paid parental leave from 1 April this year. Find out what this means for your business.

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Four minute round-up of 2016’s law changes

Four minute round-up of 2016’s law changes

Laws on ACC levies, parental leave and food safety are changing in the coming months. Grab a cuppa and check out our summary.

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Scammers never go on holiday, so always be alert

Scammers never go on holiday, so always be alert

You may have had a nice holiday, but scammers never take a break. In fact, in the last few months there has been a significant rise in the number of reported scam incidents.

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H&S: Working together on risks

H&S: Working together on risks

Health and safety is not something you do alone. Learn how you, your workers, and people who share your work environment all have a role to play in keeping each other safe and healthy.

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Free H&S rep training

Free H&S rep training

Are you — or any of your workers — a trained health and safety rep? Then sign up now for a free course to get up to speed with incoming law changes.

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Natural disaster + being prepared = better for business

Natural disaster + being prepared = better for business

Earthquakes, fires and floods may not be such a disaster for your business, if you think ahead.

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How to set your goals with business planning

How to set your goals with business planning

Setting goals for your business helps you keep an eye on the bigger picture. Learn why and how business planning is key to success with our new Business Planning 101 section.

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Six ways to fine-tune your payroll — MYOB

Six ways to fine-tune your payroll — MYOB

Whether you have a staff of hundreds or just hired your first employee, these tips from MYOB can help make it easier to pay your workers.

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Prep for tax time and avoid last-minute panic

Prep for tax time and avoid last-minute panic

You can’t avoid tax time – but you can prepare for it. These tips will help, from how to keep good records, to when to ask for advice.

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Compliance dates for 2016: Tools that help you know when to file

Compliance dates for 2016: Tools that help you know when to file

Just like your birthday comes round every year, so do important dates for your business. Plan and prepare to file on time, and you’ll avoid last-minute panic as deadlines approach.

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A big thanks from us to you

A big thanks from us to you

With your help it’s been a big year for Business.govt.nz.

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Employee theft: How to prevent it

Employee theft: How to prevent it

Theft at work does happen, and you’d be naïve to think you’ll never fall victim. Take steps to avoid it — and learn how to investigate fairly if there are suspicions within your business.

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How to Mondayise Boxing Day, 2 January and Waitangi Day

How to Mondayise Boxing Day, 2 January and Waitangi Day

Three upcoming public holidays are Mondayised. This means a day off on a Monday, not a Saturday, for many workers.

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H&S when working from home (or on holiday)

H&S when working from home (or on holiday)

If you work from home, you already have to look after your own health and safety. See what the new H&S law will mean for you from April 2016

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Hazardous materials registration

Hazardous materials registration

Do you import or manufacture hazardous substances such as soaps, petrol, crayons or explosives? New rules mean you must give the Environmental Protection Authority your contact details – even if they already have them.

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How to handle GST on second-hand goods

How to handle GST on second-hand goods

Buying second-hand goods for your business can help keep costs down. And you can claim a GST credit on them – just follow these steps.

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Invoice tips: Make sure you get paid on time

Invoice tips: Make sure you get paid on time

Getting paid on time can make a big difference in a small business. Our new finance section offers helpful tips about invoicing, and how to avoid being left out of pocket.

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Changes to visas for overseas workers

Changes to visas for overseas workers

If you hire non-NZ workers you should know that many will no longer have work visa labels in their passports. Here’s what to check for.

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What to do if the price tag isn’t right

What to do if the price tag isn’t right

Pricing errors are a delight for customers and a nightmare for traders. Must you honour the incorrect price?

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Making PAYE and GST simpler for your business

Making PAYE and GST simpler for your business

Let’s face it, tax takes time and money. But now is your chance to help Inland Revenue make tax simpler for small business by removing and simplifying some tasks.

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Alert: Deadline to company director changes ended 28 October

Alert: Deadline to company director changes ended 28 October

All New Zealand companies must have at least one director based in New Zealand or Australia. Here’s how to meet new Companies Act requirements.

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Spark’s advice for growing your business online

Spark’s advice for growing your business online

Easy-to-use online guides can help you set up a great digital presence for your business – or improve what you’ve already got.

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Will I get in trouble over an H&S incident?

Will I get in trouble over an H&S incident?

Managing risks is key to H&S. If you follow accepted industry practices, you’ll meet your legal responsibilities and, in most cases, not get in any legal trouble if something happens.

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H&S: Asbestos law changes are coming in April

H&S: Asbestos law changes are coming in April

If your business involves handling asbestos, you need to know about law changes designed to keep you and your workers safe.

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ANZ explains profit and loss statements

ANZ explains profit and loss statements

Your profit and loss statement is a key business tool. ANZ explains how it can help you understand your business performance.

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Online abuse: How businesses can avoid prosecution

Online abuse: How businesses can avoid prosecution

If you let people post nasty comments on your website or social media page, you may be prosecuted. Here’s how to avoid taking the rap.

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Money: Brighter NZ banknotes hit the streets

Money: Brighter NZ banknotes hit the streets

Is your cash till looking a bit different? Maybe you’ve already received some of the new banknotes in circulation.

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Tailor your own privacy statement

Tailor your own privacy statement

Does your business collect personal information from people? Then you must tell them how, when and why. Create a privacy statement with the online tool Priv-o-matic.

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Government hours over Christmas and New Year

Government hours over Christmas and New Year

If you need to get in touch with a government agency over the festive period, here’s a list of who will be open and when.

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Migrant workers: Handy hints for employers

Migrant workers: Handy hints for employers

From eager travellers to highly skilled people, many foreigners want to work in New Zealand. Stick to the visa rules when employing them, and your business can really benefit.

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Holiday pay and entitlements: How to calculate

Holiday pay and entitlements: How to calculate

The holiday season is a chance to relax with family and friends. Take time to pay your staff what they’re entitled to, and everyone will have a merry Christmas.

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Casual workers: Filling gaps at short notice

Casual workers: Filling gaps at short notice

With the summer holidays approaching, now is the time to think about how you’ll fill staffing gaps quickly. Casual employees could be the answer – but tread carefully.

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Tax on Christmas parties and presents

Tax on Christmas parties and presents

Bring out the crackers! It’s almost time to plan the staff Christmas party, so what are the tax considerations?

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Fringe benefit tax: Private use of vehicles

Fringe benefit tax: Private use of vehicles

Will your employee use a work vehicle for their holiday road trip? Such a perk is known as a fringe benefit – and is taxable. Find out what it is and how to calculate it.

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Get ready for the Christmas closedown

Get ready for the Christmas closedown

Summer is coming, the beach and BBQ beckon. If you’re shutting up shop for the Christmas holidays, make sure your business is also ready to take a break.

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