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April Business Health Check

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Answer these three questions this week and you'll be well on your way to creating relevant, engaging content for your Facebook business page:

  1. Clarify your message: What are the three things you want to tell people about your business?
  2. Know who you're talking to: Map out your customer persona by giving them a name and understanding who they are. What are the questions in their heads that either attract them to or prevent them from using your service?
  3. Build a content calendar: What are you going to post on Facebook and when?

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article. 

April Tax News

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ACC and Student Loan rate changes from 1 April:
  • The Student Loan Scheme annual repayment threshold increases from $19,448 to $19,760.
  • Average ACC Work levies paid by employers and self-employed people will decrease from 72 cents to 67 cents per $100 of liable earnings. The Earners levies paid through PAYE (or invoiced directly through ACC for self-employed people) remain at $1.21 per $100 of liable earnings.
Tax Working Group report released:
The Tax Working Group has now reported to Government with capital gains tax the biggest issue up for discussion. It's still a long road before we see changes to the New Zealand tax landscape but you can expect to hear the Government's response to the report in April. We'll keep you updated!

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article. 
Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article. 

Today’s apprentice is tomorrow’s foreman

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Why apprenticeships work so well
With New Zealand's construction industry going ballistic, a lot of construction companies are looking to hire new staff. Do they stick with their subbies, bring in qualified builders or take on an apprentice? Stefan Cammell, owner of Cammell Projects in Queenstown believes it's an employer's responsibility to upskill the next generation and take on apprentices.
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Facebook: Why your business needs it (and how to use it!)

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Are your ideal customers adults? Then your business needs to be on Facebook because that's where their eyeballs are. Time-poor or don't have a clue where to start? Get some answers with these six most frequently asked questions.
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Gen Z (born after 1995) are tech-savvy, entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box thinkers – people you want on your team. Here are four ways to attract and retain New Zealand's next generation of workers.
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Own residential property? Take note!

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In an effort to level the playing field between property investors and home buyers, a new law ring-fencing rental losses looks set to come into effect on 1 April 2019.

It means you'll no longer be able to offset tax losses from your residential properties against other income (e.g. salary or wages, or business income). However, the losses will be able to be used in the future when the properties are making profits, or if you are taxed on the sale of land. Need more information? Give us a call 07 823 4900.

It’s time to gear up for payday filing

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Hundreds of Kiwi business owners are enjoying the benefits of payday filing – are you? If not, you'll need to be by 1 April when payday filing becomes compulsory. Now's the time to work out how you're going to integrate it into your payroll processes and save time on your tax obligations.
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Six ways to do good by your staff


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Hiring? Look for traits not talent

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Soft skills are the personal qualities that make people easy to work with and they're key for business success. Here are five important soft skills and the best open-ended interview questions you can ask to help find out whether a candidate is right for your business.
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