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  • Welcome to our November Newsletter!

    Christmas is just around the corner! How did that happen?!  And we are running behind with our November newsletter ……

    November has been a challenge for me, I’ve had an operation on my foot and have a couple more weeks before I’m fully back in action. I’m going to “buzz” when I go through the metal detectors at the airport from now on with the screws and plates they put in!  ha ha  They fused my big toe due to arthritis. All those years of playing competition squash have come back to haunt me. On the bright side, however, I’ve had time to plan December and have come up with some great information for you to start preparing for Christmas, Malcolm Gladwell’s, Outliers and a tech tip!

    Please note that the 2nd provisional tax instalment is due on 15th Jan 2018 – please contact me if you require the payment(s) due for your instalment.  
    So you can plan in advance, we will close for Christmas on the 21st of December at 2 pm and re-open on the 15th of January at 9 am.  I’ll be on mobile, (027 443 3386) for anything urgent during the time the office is closed.

    How do you find the festive season? Head on over to Facebook and give us your favourite tip to make life easier during the silly season.

    Until next month, enjoy!

    Michelle xx


    It’s a wrap: Preparing for the Christmas break

    The Christmas run-up can be frantic for small business owners. It’s important to think about business basics like paying taxes and staff before you start decorating the tree.

    Claiming Christmas expenses

    Staff parties

    Throwing a staff party can be a great way to see out the year and celebrate successes, but there are tax considerations to think about.

    You can claim some costs of a party or staff gifts, but they may be subject to fringe benefits tax. This is paid on benefits workers get as a result of their employment.

    Half of your holiday party expenses may be claimed in your GST and income tax returns if the expenses relate to your business. Expenses can include:

    • food and drink
    • entertainment
    • venue hire.

    Business gifts and entertainment

    Generally, you can claim the costs of gifts as a business expense, eg hampers or gift vouchers. But you may need to pay fringe-benefit tax on these gifts.

    A meal out provided by the business is an entertainment expense and you can claim 50% as a business expense.

    Giving to charity

    You can deduct 100% of the cost of entertainment you provide to members of the public for charitable purposes. For example, if your business donates food to a party at a hospital.
    Paying staff over the holidays

    When there’s a public holiday on a day your employee usually works, they’re entitled to a paid day off — no matter how long they’ve worked for you.

    You can only require employees to work a public holiday if it’s written in their employment agreements. Also, if they agree to work, you must:

    • pay them at least time and a half
    • give them another paid day off later.

    When a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, employees who don’t normally work then get the following Monday as their paid public holiday — this is called Mondayisation.

    The public holidays for the upcoming Christmas break, with the day of the week they fall on, are as follows:

    • Christmas Day — Monday, 25 December 2017
    • Boxing Day — Tuesday, 26 December 2017
    • New Year’s Day — Monday, 1 January 2018
    • Day after New Year’s Day — Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

    Working on a public holiday

    An employee is entitled to a full alternative day off if they work on a public holiday — no matter how many hours they worked that day.

    But they don’t get an alternative day off — also called a day in lieu — if:

    • they only ever work public holidays
    • they wouldn’t normally have worked that day
    • they were on call but didn’t work, and being on call didn’t stop them doing what they wanted to with their day.

    For more information, click here.

    IRD key dates

    15th Jan 2018 : Provisional tax instalments, student loan interim payments, GST (period ending 30/11/17).

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

    Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

    His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    For more information, click here.

    A TAD Funny

    Tech Tip

    How to Take A Quick Screenshot on Your Phone

    • Galaxy – swipe the side of your hand over the screen and you’ll capture a screenshot.
    • iPhone – press and hold the sleep/wake button and click the home button.
    • Huawei – press the power button and volume down button at the same time until you hear a shutter noise.
    • LG – hold down the volume down and power buttons at the same time.



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