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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.

The Tool for business

The Tool for business helps you get all your small business tax issues sorted quickly and simply.

Determining if you are actually in business

Identifies some important criteria for determining whether someone is in business.

Introduction to business videos

Going in to business for yourself? There is an easy way to get up to speed fast. Sit back, relax and watch our five "Introduction to business" videos. We’ve covered the essentials including: Business structures, Income and provisional tax, Expenses, Depreciation and Registering for GST.

What structure will you use to operate your business?

Explains basic requirements and liabilities for operating your business as a sole trader, a partnership, or a company.

What registrations might you need to complete?

When setting up your business you may need to apply for an IRD number for your business. You may also need to register as an employer for goods and services tax (GST) or fringe benefit tax (FBT).

Your business tax obligations

Learn about the records you need to keep while running your business, the importance of budgeting for tax payments and your balance date.

Where to go for more help

Some sources of business advice and the areas they advise on.