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13-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Clouds keep business fluffy

NIPPING into the local watering hole for a cold one is a good strategy to avoid end-of-year financials but eventually the shoe box of bank statements and invoices has to be confronted and sorted.

13-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Writing An Effective Position Description

A position description is a written summary designed to ensure job applicants and current employees understand their roles.  They’re an important resource when hiring and managing team members, as they reinforce employee accountability.

09-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Drought declared over the North Island

Minister Peter Dunne has extended relief provisions across the whole North Island following the declaration of drought.

08-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Have you made the 1 April changes?

Use this checklist to make sure you've completed all the 1 April 2013 changes.

05-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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IRD cutting down on paper statements and notices

IRD are  taking steps to save you time and reduce the volume of paper they send out by decreasing the number and type of notifications we issue.

02-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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IRD annual tax statistics updated

IRD annual tax statistics have been updated.

01-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Don’t be blasé about tax debt

When it comes to paying bills, we often tend to be blasé and put our financial responsibilities into the too hard basket.  Ignoring debt is the easy option at the time but eventually things catch up with you.  When it comes to paying tax, it is even more important to stay on top of your obligations to avoid potential tax debt.

01-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Tax due in April and again in May... A bridge too far?

Some of you have a terminal tax bill due 7 April 2013.  If you have IRD interest on these payments, you can pay a lower interest rate through Tax Management NZ.

31-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Year end checklist

When it comes to the end of the financial year, you need to consider a few key factors.  Here are some of the most important ones.

29-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Audit Shield Master Policy

What are random Tax and Government audits?

23-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Changes from April...

Changes from April...

23-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Use of home claims for repairs

Generally you would claim a proportion of the costs for replacing the roof. What is the situation if the repairs are carried out in relation to a part of the house not used by the business, such as rotten weather boards? You would still claim the overall floor area percentage. Anything that is structurally part of the overall house should be claimed on the floor area percentage irrespective of its physical location to the actual business area. It is the opposite for repairs internally.

19-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Employment Law Update March 2013 - A Dukesons Business Law Update- written by Steve Dukesson

Restraints of Trade

18-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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FREE Business Health Check

We are offering our clients a free Business Health Check.    This will highlight your key numbers and your business health indicators.   It will also quantify potential cashflow improvement.

PPSR and Shareholder Loan Account

Whilst the PPSR cannot be used to provide security for equity, there is a way to secure your shareholders loan account in your company using the PPSR.

15-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Tax deductibility life etc premiums

Employer payments of endowment, whole of life, term life and sickness and accident policies for an employee are tax deductible if the employee has an indefeasible right to the proceeds in the event of a claim. However, this is a fringe benefit and FBT is payable. Some insurance agents are telling clients the first part but omitting the second.

12-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Leak proof contracts that stick

10-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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It's that time of year!

It's that time of year!

09-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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2014 PAYE Tables Available

The PAYE tables for the 2014 tax year are now available on the IRD website

08-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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When is a “school fees” payment claimable?

05-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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1 April checklist

Use this checklist to help you get ready for the 1 April changes.

05-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Creating An Online Customer Survey

Online survey tools allow you to easily design and conduct your own surveys, providing a cost effective alternative to printing and posting client feedback forms.

02-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Introducing Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey is a popular online survey web tool.  It’s free at the basic user end as well as incredibly intuitive to use.

01-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Netiquette - Focus On Fonts

Whenever you’re tempted to style your emails with a particularly smart font remember!  Plainer also means easier to read.  If your readers scroll through hundreds of emails a day, they’ll want to delete anything that looks choppy or hard to read.  And then you’ve lost them.

26-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Avoiding A Termination Grievance

It can be extremely testing when an employee pushes the limits of his or her employment.  You may have given that person the benefit of the doubt too many times, and then the final straw breaks....  Failing to follow correct process at the final hour can be extremely costly for an employer, as this Employment Relations Authority ruling demonstrates.

26-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Writing Effective Copy

When you write effective copy for your website, newsletters or marketing material, it helps your customers understand who you are and what your business is all about.  It can persuade potential customers to buy from you or send them directly to your competitors.

The Importance Of Client Feedback

Keeping your customers satisfied should be top priority.  So how do you measure their satisfaction?  The key is communication; ask the questions.  One of the most cost effective ways to do this is with a client survey.

23-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Bubbles for Bookkeeping Babes

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who attended the Bubbles for Bookkeeping Babes Event last week.

22-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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CRM Systems

CRM translates as customer relationship management.  A CRM system develops and manages customer relationships in an organised way so you can help your business improve customer satisfaction.

17-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Are you ready for the 1 April changes? Part 3

Government announced several tax-related changes as part of Budget 2011 and Budget 2012. With the new tax year fast approaching, we thought we'd revisit what you need to know about some of the changes happening on 1 April 2013.

17-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Making sure you enter gross earnings correctly on your EMS

Figures on your Employer monthly schedule (EMS/IR348) can be read incorrectly by our processing system if they're not clearly written.

How Action and Happiness are related

"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. "Benjamin Disraeli

12-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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ACC rate for 2014 tax year

The ACC levies have been set by Cabinet for the 2013-14 tax year. These levy rates will be formalised when they're passed into Regulation.

10-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Employees with a special tax code

For some employees the standard tax codes (eg, M, ME, S, SH or ST) or the tax rates on schedular payments don't deduct the right amount of tax for their overall annual income. This can mean they're significantly over- or under-taxed.

10-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Power Questions that create more happiness

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else." Peyton Conway March

08-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Are you ready for the 1 April changes? Employing primary and secondary school children

From 1 April 2013 you must deduct PAYE from salary or wages or deduct tax from schedular payments made to school children. The details will need to be included on your Employer monthly schedule (EMS/IR348).

05-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Are you ready for the 1 April changes? Part 1

Government announced several tax-related changes as part of Budget 2011 and Budget 2012. With the new tax year fast approaching, we thought we'd revisit what you need to know about some of the changes happening on 1 April 2013.

04-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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5 High-fibre solutions to get cashflow moving

Every business can experience that uncomfortable, bloated financial blockage feeling that inevitably drags everything to a stodgy halt.

01-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Eliminate the mosquitoes in your life

"If you think small things don't matter, try sleeping with a mosquito." Des Moss

29-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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IRD tightening up

IRD has produced an Issues Paper for discussion “Review of Employee Allowances and Expenses”. The department proposes to crack down on:-

29-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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The Happiness Power of a 'Success List'

"It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis".

27-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Shares in lieu of dividends become taxable

From 1 October 2012, companies which give their shareholders shares in lieu of dividends as part of a profit distribution plan, as defined, will no longer be able to treat the transactions as exempt from tax.  Previously, such an issue of shares was tax free and anyone who wanted the cash dividends would ask the company to purchase their shares.  These people would then have taxable income and potentially imputation credits. An example was Contact Energy, which has been issuing shares instead of paying dividends. Ref TIB Vol 24. NO 10

26-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Signed documents - Company Administration

If you are looking for a big disaster, it is going to come on the day when you are asked for official company documents and you can’t produce them.  Do you have a system to ensure you get a signed copy of all minutes and financial statements?

21-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Bookkeeping Women Balancing Life

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21-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Experience more 'Adventures' in your life

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."  Joseph Campbell 

20-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Live fully each day

"One of the most tragic things that I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our window today." Dale Carnegie

19-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Mixed use assets - gearing up for change

With summer set to sizzle no doubt you’ll have serviced the motor home and prepped the launch or bach to reap the seasonally high rents….  Let’s consider the proposed new rules around mixed-use assets and how they could affect you from 1 April 2013.

18-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Changes to student loans and allowances

The following changes will come into effect on 1 January 2013:

15-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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The easy way to success

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." Helen Keller

13-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Importing goods? New GST risk

The administrative penalty regime for NZ Customs has been amended to include GST errors - affecting incorrect import entries, from June 4, 2012.

12-Jan-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Introducing Timely

18-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Netiquette - starting a new business?

18-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Recruiting the right employee

14-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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FYI... What is crowdsourcing?

11-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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‘High’ cost employee dismissal

A recent employment case shows the need for perfect process - even if your employee breaks the law.  Mr O was employed as a full-time builder by Consortium Construction Ltd for 4 years until he was dismissed without notice for using drugs in the workplace.  He denied the accusation and complained that there was no investigation.

11-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Timely reminders

11-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Why you need a web presence

10-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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KiwiSaver changes for employers from April 1 2013

As outlined above, the KiwiSaver contribution rates will change from 1 April 2013. This will affect both your contributions and your employees'.

10-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Making sure your GST return processes correctly

IRD scan all paper-based returns and sometimes the figures are read incorrectly if they're not clear. When completing your GST return, please:

07-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Business New Year resolutions

Generally, we want to indulge less, exercise more and be better people....  However it’s time to ponder some specific (and accomplishable) new year’s resolutions for your business.

03-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Jobsheet Offer

03-Dec-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Market with Educational Talks

There are some very simple things you can do to boost your sales and create delighted clients and customers.

30-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Introducing the starting-out wage

The starting-out wage is the latest government initiative designed to help get more young kiwis into jobs by giving employers incentive to take them on.

30-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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The Ultimate Profit Improvement Guide for Tradespeople

26-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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December wind-down checklist

25-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Turn Lemons into Lemonade

There are some very simple things you can do to boost your sales and create delighted clients and customers.

23-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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How to boost your sales and create delighted clients and customers

There are some very simple things you can do to boost your sales and create delighted clients and customers.

19-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Build on relationships with regular information

PEOPLE come to you because they know, trust and like you. So if you’re trying to increase the number of your customers or clients, you need to build up this relationship.

18-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Baches come under scrutiny of IRD watchdogs

IRD is proposing a new law to reduce claims for losses on renting a bach.

18-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Capital gains tax is alive and well

THERE is no formula for determining when you have bought and sold enough properties to have reached a point where profits on those sales have become taxable.

18-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Eight sure ways of wrecking a business

HERE’S eight simple things you can do to wreck a new business:

15-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets are an excellent low cost way to attract brand new clients and customers and are super easy to use.  A tip sheet is a 1-2 page article with helpful tips related to your services.  Click on the link below for one we have done for Electricians.  You are welcome to use this template for your own use.

10-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Clearly defined terms of trade save arguments

REDUCE risk by informing customers and clients of your terms of trade. Make sure they are aware of them before they accept your contract.

09-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Employing students or casual staff over the holiday period

With the Christmas break approaching we thought it timely to remind you about your obligations if you employ students or casual staff over this period, and when a Tax code declaration (IR330) must be completed.

06-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Taxing cashed-up annual holidays

It is rapidly coming up to Xmas which can cause some payroll headaches. Here is a reminder from IRD regarding cashing in annual leave.

04-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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IRD industry benchmarks have been updated

Industry benchmarks are a tool to help you assess and improve your business performance by comparing your business with others in your industry. IRD have  recently updated the industry benchmarks with the latest data.

04-Nov-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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PocketRent

28-Oct-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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ACC Small Business Forum - 28 Nov 7.30-8.30am

Astill Hawke has an active involvement with  ACC and has qualified to take part in this opportunity.

18-Oct-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Frustrated by IRD's high interest and penalty rates?

14-Oct-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Kiwisaver matures

On July 1 KiwiSaver turned 5 years old.

07-Oct-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Key person protection

25-Sep-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Is your succession plan viable?

15-Sep-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Send paperwork into the clouds

When launching into a new business life should be more about lattes than ledgers but for most small to medium-sized enterprises – chilling with an espresso can seem like mission impossible.

08-Sep-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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THE BENEFITS OF YOUTUBE MARKETING

There are many reasons why YouTube is a great marketing choice for small and medium sized businesses. 

08-Sep-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Why golf balls are important to happiness:

"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy." The Dalai Lama

27-Aug-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Free 2 Hour Payroll course for small business owners

20-Aug-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Markup vs Margin – What’s the difference

18-Aug-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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5 Clever tips from an Accountant to make your electrical business instantly more profitable

Number One: Put your prices up.

15-Aug-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Seven Ways to Reduce Your Tax

By Kirsten Hawke - Astill Hawke & Associates Chartered Accountants

12-Aug-2012 Kirsten Hawke

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Software Solutions for Small Business

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