How Does An Accountant Save You Money?

Turning a profit will be high on your list of goals as a business owner. And if you want to generate the best margins, that means keeping an eye on the money that’s going out of the business, as well as what’s coming in. So, how can your accountant help with this? The

2024-02-18T12:26:37+12:00February 18th, 2024|Accounting|

Your Plain English Guide To Profit And Loss

Here's our plain English guide to profit and loss and what this report reveals about your finances. What is Profit and Loss? Your profit and loss statement is commonly called your ‘P&L’. It’s also sometimes referred to as your income statement or statement of earnings. Your P&L is

2023-11-21T14:10:19+12:00November 21st, 2023|Accounting|

Giving is Good!

Giving is good! Donations not only help the charities that receive them, but they can boost your happiness and provide you with tax credits. Christmas Donations: The Tax Upside Christmas is a time for giving – and it’s not all about presents. Donating to charitable organisations is a fantastic way to support the causes close

2023-11-14T10:28:34+12:00December 14th, 2022|Accounting|

Bringing your cashflow processes into the digital age

Keeping on top of your cashflow is even more important during tough economic times. With a global slowdown on the cards, energy prices soaring and supply chain still challenges, cash is likely to be tight over the coming year and beyond. Cloud technology and fintech apps, can give your business the best possible control over

2022-10-17T14:43:35+12:00October 17th, 2022|Accounting|

Can You Claim Depreciation On Your Building?

A major tax difference between commercial and residential buildings is that for commercial you can claim depreciation on your building. Depreciation for buildings was removed across the board in 2010, then reinstated – but only for commercial buildings – as part of a 2020 emergency pandemic support package. Residential

2022-08-29T11:18:56+12:00August 26th, 2022|Accounting|

Understand Your Balance Sheet

To understand the financial position of your business at a specific point in time, you must look at the balance sheet, together with the Profit and Loss Statement and the Statement of Cash Flow. Together, these reports provide a complete understanding of your business. The balance sheet has three sections: assets, liabilities and equity. What

2022-08-17T13:47:07+12:00August 17th, 2022|Accounting|

New Trust Rules That could Put Your Assets At Risk

New trust rules mean that beneficiaries can automatically become settlors if there’s more than $25,000 in their beneficiary current account with the Trust. This has the potential to put assets at risk, so consider making changes now. There have been a lot of rule changes for trusts over the past few years – and now

2022-08-29T11:20:39+12:00July 25th, 2022|Accounting|

Setting Financial KPIs And Measuring Performance

In our experience, many small businesses don’t know which key performance indicators (KPIs) they should be tracking, how to access the relevant information, or what those metrics actually mean. Tracking specific metrics and financial KPIs allows you to see how you're performing against your targets – so you can take action to improve performance, sales,

2022-05-26T14:35:14+12:00May 26th, 2022|Accounting, Business Improvement|

Using Business Budgets And Cashflow Forecasts

Business budgets and cashflow forecasts are only for the bank, right? It’s just accounting jargon that doesn’t really have anything to do with the day-to-day running of your business, right? Wrong! As accountants we do like talking about business budgets and cashflow forecasts – guilty as charged! But what many small business owners may not

2023-03-11T15:51:34+12:00February 11th, 2022|Accounting, Business Improvement|

E-invoicing Protects Against Invoice Fraud

Is your business using e-invoicing? It’s a fantastic way to protect yourself and your customers from invoice scams, and it can help you get paid faster. E-invoices replace emailed PDF invoices or links to online invoices. Instead, e-invoices are delivered securely to your clients, even across different accounting systems. Preventing Invoice Fraud Invoice scams are

2022-02-04T11:25:30+12:00February 4th, 2022|Accounting|

Christmas Business Expenses

Although this year many businesses are having to do their end of year celebrations differently, this is still the time of year when you usually spend more than usual on staff and client entertainment. Inland Revenue provides specific rules regarding different types of entertainment expenses. Here are some rules regarding Christmas business expenses that are

2021-12-10T08:50:23+12:00December 10th, 2021|Accounting, Tax|

Finding An Accountant

In one of our recent articles, we talked about the benefits of using a Chartered Accountant. If you’ve decided to use an accountant for your business that’s great, but how do you find one that’s right for you and will add value to your business? Here are some things to consider for finding an accountant

2021-11-03T08:54:16+12:00October 27th, 2021|Accounting|

What Are Accounts Payable?

One of the questions we are often asked by our clients is: what are accounts payable, and why do you need to manage them? If your business purchases goods or services and doesn’t pay for them upfront, you will receive an invoice from the supplier. These are your accounts payable, i.e. the bills you owe.

2021-08-16T10:28:08+12:00August 16th, 2021|Accounting|

Tips For Tracking Invoices

Tracking invoices is an important task for every business. Managing your accounts receivable by monitoring when invoices are paid means you can take action as soon as payment is overdue. This is essential for healthy business cash flow, and can also help you to make informed decisions about extending credit to customers. If you don’t

2021-08-02T09:27:31+12:00August 2nd, 2021|Accounting|

Benefits of Using a Chartered Accountant

If you are a small business owner, you may wonder if you should use a Chartered Accountant. After all, accounting software packages are increasingly sophisticated in the tasks they perform, while still being user-friendly for people who are not overly tech-savvy. Small business owners often need to wear many different hats: CEO, Business Development Manager,

2021-07-14T11:42:50+12:00July 14th, 2021|Accounting|

What Business Expenses Can You Claim?

Q. What’s the big deal about business expenses? A. Put simply, business expenses can help to lower your tax bill. Many business expenses can be claimed to offset your business income, reducing the amount of tax you need to pay. So it’s in your interest to know what expenses you can claim. Q. Who can

2021-05-21T10:41:10+12:00May 21st, 2021|Accounting, Tax|

Have A Separate Account For Tax

If you are in business one of the most useful things you can do with your bank accounts is set up a separate account for tax. Setting up a separate bank account and regularly putting money into it will ensure you can pay your tax bills on time and avoid costly penalties and interest. For

2021-02-03T09:59:38+12:00February 3rd, 2021|Accounting, Business Improvement|

Is The Accounting Income Method Right For Your Business?

UHY Haines Norton Manager Paul Eckford explains why the Accounting Income Method for provisional tax could be a good option for small businesses struggling with managing cash flow. Provisional tax can be a real burden on cash flow. Normally due in 3 instalments during the year, most small businesses must budget for these payments which

2020-09-23T14:35:21+12:00September 23rd, 2020|Accounting, Tax|

Claiming Business Expenses

Claiming business expenses against your income is a great way to save you money by lowering your tax bill. The number one rule about claiming business deductions is that the expense must be incurred in deriving or earning business income. That's why there isn't a definitive list of claimable business expenses because there must be

2021-07-19T16:30:49+12:00April 28th, 2020|Accounting, Tax|

Planning For The Financial Year End

Planning for the financial year end on 31st March now will help make the process easier and quicker. Getting all of the information together that we need to prepare your year-end accounts can take quite a bit of time, but getting organised now can help you to have the right information all ready to go.

2020-02-19T08:44:15+12:00February 19th, 2020|Accounting|

What Information Should A Tax Invoice Include? has a convenient tax invoice template that small business owners can use for designing their invoices. Its simple layout ensures that all of the correct information is included for the purposes of both the issuer and the recipient. What Information Should A Tax Invoice Include? Business name. Invoice number. Date the invoice is issued,

2021-07-12T13:06:58+12:00November 11th, 2019|Accounting|

Audit Shield: Protection Against IRD Audits

The IRD and other government agencies regularly select individuals and businesses to conduct audits on. They examine your finances to see if you’ve paid the right amount of tax and comply with the applicable tax laws. This may consist of a simple check of your GST registration through to an in-depth examination of your business

2019-05-27T14:01:18+12:00May 27th, 2019|Accounting|

The Beginner’s Guide To Depreciation

Understanding Depreciation Fixed assets are long-term assets that a business owns which are expected to be used in the business for longer than one year. They are often used to operate the business, such as machinery, buildings, equipment and vehicles. As you can’t deduct the cost of fixed assets from your taxable income as expenses,

2021-03-10T13:53:37+12:00October 23rd, 2018|Accounting|

What’s The Difference Between ‘Accountants’ And ‘Chartered Accountants’?

You may notice that our practice is called “UHY Haines Norton Chartered Accountants”, not “UHY Haines Norton Accountants”. Here at UHY Haines Norton there are a total of 26 chartered accountants on our staff – that’s over 2/3 of our professional staff! But what does “Chartered Accountants” mean and what’s the difference between that and

2018-08-20T09:24:14+12:00August 20th, 2018|Accounting|

The Beginner’s Guide To Profit And Loss Statements

Although you may think of your year-end financial statements as an annual exercise to keep the IRD happy, your statements are actually a valuable resource showing how your business is performing financially. They give you the opportunity to compare financial performance from the previous year and look at ways to improve future performance. Profit and

2018-08-07T09:16:06+12:00August 7th, 2018|Accounting|

The Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Your Balance Sheet

Your year-end accounts shouldn’t be just an annual exercise that you and your accountant go through to placate the IRD. They do, in fact, offer essential insights into how your business is performing and provide an opportunity to make changes to improve future performance. In this beginner's guide to understanding your balance sheet, we take

2020-08-19T14:34:15+12:00July 2nd, 2018|Accounting|

Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Your Balance Sheet: (1) Elements Of The Balance Sheet

Your year-end accounts shouldn’t be just an annual exercise that you and your accountant go through to placate the IRD. They do, in fact, offer essential insights into how your business is performing and provide an opportunity to make changes to improve future performance. In part one of our two-part “Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Your Balance

2020-08-19T14:26:01+12:00May 25th, 2018|Accounting|

DIY Accounting: The Dangers And Hidden Costs

Kiwis love DIY – it’s in our DNA! When it comes to home renovations, fixing cars or managing your own business and books, we love to do it ourselves. This makes sense for a lot of small businesses when cash is tight and there are accounting software options readily available in the market which theoretically

2017-10-11T13:38:45+12:00October 11th, 2017|Accounting|

Right First Time: Motor Vehicle Expenses

Taking the guesswork out of common SME topics so you can get it “right first time”. Having discussed entertainment expenses in our previous issue, we now take a look at another very common type of expenditure: motor vehicle expenses. We will use some examples to illustrate how and what we can claim as motor vehicle

2017-12-20T12:04:17+12:00July 4th, 2017|Accounting|

Claiming Home Office, Clothing and Travel Expenses

Continuing on from our article “Business Expenses: What Can You Claim?” in our April/May newsletter, we provide further advice on different claimable business expenses that can be claimed against your income. Claimable Expenses: Home Office If the home is used for work purposes then a proportion of expenses relating to the property are deductible.  To

2021-01-27T13:01:54+12:00July 6th, 2016|Accounting|