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Minimum Wage Increase

April 23, 2018

The adult minimum wage is going up from $15.75 an hour to $16.50, with the starting-out and training rates rising too. Here’s what you’ll need to know for your business. When: 1 April 2018 What: The new minimum wage rates are: Adult — $16.50 an hour Starting-out — $13.20 an hour (up from $12.60) Training — $13.20 an hour (up from $12.60) Starting-out and training minimum …

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Do I Have To Pay Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) On Gifts I Give To Staff?

January 31, 2018

General exemption – There is a $300 exemption per employee per quarter from paying FBT if you provide free (gifts and prizes), subsidised or discounted goods and services. However, if the value of the benefits for an employee goes over $300 for a quarter, the full value of the benefits is subject to FBT – the exemption is not deducted first. There is also …

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Is Paying Wages “Under the Table” Worth It?

It can be easy to fall into the trap of paying your staff cash “under the table” instead of putting them on the payroll, less paperwork, no holiday pay, KiwiSaver and so on. However this will surely backfire for you when it comes to preparing your business and/or personal income tax return. These cash withdrawals from your business will be treated as personal drawings …

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What is Better – Drawings or Wages?

Clients often ask which is the best way to pay themselves from their company – drawings or wages? Here is an explanation of the differences. Drawings Taking drawings from your business is not a tax deductible cost – you should be aware that you will need to put aside a bit of money for income tax as well. For example say you take $800 …

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Employee Vehicle Reimbursements

If you are paying your employees a motor vehicle allowance as a part of their salary package this is taxed as a part of their wages. A better way would be for the employee to submit their actual expenses for reimbursement or submit a mileage claim. Both of these are non-assessable in the hands of the employee and are claimable as a tax deduction …

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