April 1 marks the beginning of a new financial year for most businesses. Well run businesses will have (should have) used the last few months to review and modify their forward planning – or to develop a plan from scratch. These businesses will now be rolling up their sleeves and implementing those plans. A good…Details
With the 2012 tax year having now ended for most of our clients we would like to remind you what you can do to help ensure that your 2012 accounting and tax fees are minimized.
Here is a checklist which identifies the information we require to ensure that your 2012 accounts and tax returns are processed accurately and efficiently:
- Notify us of any major changes to your business for example purchase or sale of assets, purchase or sale of rental properties, new companies/trusts/partnerships formed, new bank accounts, new loans, new hire purchase or lease agreements etc.
- Complete the client online checklists.
- Make sure your bank account or bank reconciliation balances, particularly if you use a computerised accounting system such as MYOB.
- If your accounts and tax returns are prepared on a cash basis provide a full years bank statements for all bank accounts.
- Provide end of year accounts receivable, accounts payable and stock on hand figures if relevant.
- Provide loan account balances as at balance date and interest paid summaries for the year; these can be obtained from your bank.
- Provide term deposit confirmations as at balance date, confirmations can be obtained from your bank.
- Provide us with interest received certificates for the year for all applicable bank accounts including term deposits, both existing and new deposits. Provide dividend statements received during the year.
- If you have purchased assets that cost more than $500 plus GST provide a summary of purchases and copies of invoices. Provide copies of any new hire purchase/lease agreements.
- If credit cards have been used for both business and personal expenditure clearly identify which expenditure is which. Provide a schedule of business expenses paid from your personal account and personal expenses paid from your business account.
- If you have sold or purchased property during the year include copies of settlement statements and sale and purchase agreements.
- Where using a home office provide full details of the area and home office expenses incurred (typically these include interest on mortgage, insurance, power/gas, rates and repairs and maintenance expenditure).
- If you have income protection/disability insurance provide details of the premiums paid for the year.
- Provide your records in an orderly manner for example in a folder using appropriate folder dividers.
Providing us with the right information in the right format will enable us to complete your accounts and tax returns accurately, efficiently and on a cost effective and timely basis.Details
To further broaden the content of our newsletter UHY Haines Norton is pleased to introduce a new feature to its newsletter whereby guest columnists will be periodically invited to contribute a feature column on topical and relevant business issues.
This month Jacqueline Hinchliffe of Positive Connexions – West Auckland Computer Training describes how to organize your email inbox
Are you a slave to your Email?
If your Email inbox is full of any of the following:
- Random communication relating to work in progress, done or pending
- Stuff you’ve never had time to check
- Mail dating back days, weeks, months possibly even years
- Personal correspondence
- Junk, joke and voucher deal mail
Then the answer is ‘yes’ and it’s probably driving you ‘crazy’ – it’s certainly wasting your valuable time.
But you already know that – your problem lies in how to sort it out and what to do to keep it sorted.Details
Kiwisaver came into existence in July 2007 to try and encourage New Zealanders to save, it is a voluntary long term savings scheme and to date in excess of 1.3 million New Zealanders have enrolled in the scheme. In this, the first of two articles on Kiwisaver, we detail the main points about the scheme,…Details
If you are self-employed in New Zealand and suffer a workplace injury you are automatically covered for insurance purposes by ACC under the ACC CoverPlus scheme. As the default scheme covering work place injury for the self employed, ACC CoverPlus pays up to 80% of the previous year’s earnings (limits and conditions apply), the payments…Details
ACC has two programmes in place that enable small to medium sized-enterprises to get a discount on the ACC work levies that they pay. The two programmes reward safely run workplaces and are called the ACC Workplace Safety Discounts Programme and the ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Programme, the main features of each programme are…Details
Some Facts Baby Boomers are the generation born between 1946 to 1964 They will start to reach 65 years of age from 2011 By 2020 20% of small business owners will be over 65 years old 97% of businesses in New Zealand employ fewer than 19 people 89% of businesses in New Zealand employ fewer…Details
Trusts have become an increasingly popular asset management and planning tool over the past few years. Under a Trust structure the Trustees are responsible for managing the assets of the Trust for and on behalf of the beneficiaries. To ensure that Trustees fulfil their obligations to their beneficiaries it is strongly recommended that they ensure…Details
Effective cash flow management is an important part of running a business at any time. In the current economic climate however it has moved from important to critical for ensuring ongoing business success. Here in the Cash flow Corner UHY Haines Norton Managing Director Grant Brownlee provides useful tips on how to improve and grow…Details
Have you considered using BankLink to save time, costs and to improve information reporting for your business; if not you should. What is BankLink? BankLink is a secure and easy-to-use system that enables us to receive client bank statements and credit card transactions electronically. Because we receive your bank information electronically you no longer need…Details
If your business is doing well, and is now in need of additional working capital you may consider the path to your Business Banker’s door to establish or extend existing bank funding, but have you considered selling and leasing back existing business equipment? If, prior to the recession you purchased new hardware for your business…Details