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For businesses and employers
Ngā pakihi me ngā kaiwhakawhiwhi mahi
This information is relevant to you if you are starting a new business, or operate an existing business. It outlines your responsibilities for income tax, Goods and Services and PAYE etc. Information is also provided on other topics including payments to non-residents, the implications of e-commerce and provisional tax.
Starting a business

When setting up a business so that you can pay the correct amount of tax, as well as claim the business expenses and deductions you are entitled to receive you need to consider the structure you will use to run your business. You also need to understand which forms and records you will need to complete and maintain and if you will be required to register as an employer or for GST.

Running a business

You need to ensure you keep accurate records, budget for upcoming tax payments and account for your business expenses and deductions. If your business is expanding you may need to register to additional tax types such as GST, or it may be in your interest to change the structure of your business.

Australians conducting business in New Zealand

If you are an Australian doing business in New Zealand, any tax requirements you have here will depend on the way you operate your business and whether you're a resident for tax purposes.

Doing business in Australia

This area provides a link to the Australian tax information for New Zealanders who conduct business in Australia. The information contained in this link is written and maintained by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). If you have any queries about this information please contact the ATO.

Ceasing to operate a business

People in business may choose to sell or close all or part of their business, or in some instances their business may be bankrupted. If you stop operating your business, you need to complete your business tax obligations to complete for GST, employer related taxes, income tax and depreciation recovery.

Getting it right - closing down your business

Watch this video to see how easy it is for a business owner, Scott, to take care of his tax when he closes his business. The video also explains what to do if your business is registered with the Companies Office.

Our compliance focus for businesses

We have tailored communications regarding our compliance focus for multinational and small-to-medium enterprises. Find out the areas we are focussing on this year and how you can get it right.

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Did you know?

Regular seminars and hands-on workshops are held in most regions on a variety of topics about business tax obligations including record keeping, expenses and filing returns. Find a free workshop near you.

You can watch short online videos on starting your business at any time. Check out our Introduction to business videos.  

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