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Fashion and clever advertising has a huge influence on our lives, especially where technology is involved. Sometimes this can be positive but often it's bad for us e.g. you see folks out and about who don't look like they have two pennies to rub together with the latest expensive smartphones or 60" surround-sound TV's in houses that are unbelievably tatty. So is cloud accounting a fashion or is it here to stay?
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2015 Budget highlights

The key tax proposals outlined in the 2015 Budget are:

  • strengthen the tax rules for property
  • address child support penalties debt
  • increase the in-work tax credit and abatement rate
  • repeal the $1,000 KiwiSaver incentive payment
  • extra funding allocated to IRD to pursue aggressive tax planning; and
  • extra funding allocated to IRD to pursue property compliance and hidden economy initiatives.

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OMG Solutions social media 

Local Hawke's Bay business OMG Solutions, is helping kiwi businesses get smarter online by offering management and training in all things social media and digital marketing.  Business owner Kathleen Boyd has been operating over 12 months now, and says that there is hot demand from SMEs wanting to improve their online communications.  

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Unlike many other countries (e.g. Australia), there has historically not been a requirement for a New Zealand company to have a New Zealand resident director.

This has made it fairly easy for non-residents to set a company up in New Zealand and not have to engage a person in New Zealand to act as director for the company.

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How to become a millionaire retiree

How would you like to have a $1m nest-egg on retirement?  Think it's not possible?  Well you can, and you can still spend 80% of your income!  

Take a look at the table below and start saving now before it's too late!

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Marketing is a vital business activity yet generally misunderstood by many business owners. You may be fantastic at what you do but unless you can market yourself or your business you're unlikely to succeed as a business owner.

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Will the tax man knock on your door?

The New Zealand tax system is based on 'voluntary compliance'.

This loosely means that taxpayers and their advisors will do their best to take correct tax positions and Inland Revenue Department (IRD) will accept those tax positions as presented.

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There's no getting away from tax

There's no getting away from tax if you're self-employed. As much as I hate clicking on that "Pay Tax" button on my internet banking, it's just got to be done! 

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