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Kelvin Davidson: Our ‘top down’ perspective on the Government’s investor tax policy changes

It’s an understatement to suggest that the content of the Government’s housing policy announcement on 23rd March was a surprise to most. In reality, it was a major surprise to all. However, now that the dust has settled a bit, our perception is that the changes won’t have as much impact as first thought. Sure, some landlords will look to sell properties and/or raise rents sharply, but... read more
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Brightline application for 'private transfer' of inherited properties

This week's question comes from Irene B and the answer is kindly provided by Amanda Watt of Shortland Chartered Accountants. The answer is intended to be for general information only and not tax advice. We inherited a residential property which was also in a Company ( we inherited the company). After a time we sold this property from the company to a trust. The only two directors of... read more
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Is GST payable on all the properties held by a trading entity?

This week's question comes from long-time APIA member Mary M and the answer is kindly provided by Amanda Watt of Shortland Chartered Accountants. The answer is intended to be for general information only and not tax advice. We have a GST registered property entity set up initially for trading. If that entity is holding more than one property and not all of them are for trading, do we... read more
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Peter Lewis: What can you deduct?

Given the ongoing publicity and often heated discussions, all landlords should by now know that there are a number of mandatory upgrades and enhancements that will be required for all residential rental properties over the next few years. We have already passed the date when it became compulsory to install smoke alarms in all such properties, and we are very near the time... read more
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Is remedial insulation deductible?

This week's question comes from Ron (paraphrased): What is the tax treatment for remedial insulation on a rental property where existing insulation is going to be topped up (i.e. part repair part improvement)? Mark Withers from Withers Tsang kindly responds below: The government has not assisted the push for better insulation of Kiwi homes by failing to clarify the capital/revenu... read more
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Ring-fencing submission FAQs

Some frequently asked questions prompted by our latest call for all investor to put in their submission for the proposed law change to ring-fence rental tax losses are worth sharing. Before we delve in, a reminder that this Thursday is the last day to make a submission to or against ring-fencing tax losses. This is too important an issue for investors to stay silent on. Submission de... read more
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The Government wants to ring-fence rental losses. What can you do about it?

Make a submission of course! Let's be clear. At the time of this piece, ring-fencing is not a done deal. There is still time to push back and affect the Government's legislative agenda. Submission on this issue closes 28th February 2019. It is our opinion that, in its present form, the proposal will have far-reaching consequences many of which are unfavourable to investors, their tenants... read more
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Amanda Watt: Removal of negative gearing

I have delayed writing about the removal of the negative gearing, so I could spend more time thinking about what it will mean for property investors. The Government’s issues paper addressing negative gearing came out earlier this year and asked for submissions. Both the NZPIF and APIA made submissions on behalf of members. The proposal outlined in the issues paper is that negative ... read more
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Peter Lewis: Property and tax

A reply to those who claim investors have a tax advantage by APIA Vice President Peter Lewis: Consider the analogy of a Motel owner verses a Residential Landlord. The Motel owner rents accommodation by the night. The Landlord rents accommodation by the month or by the year. The Motel owner is in business. As such, he is required to pay income tax on any profit (his ren... read more
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Is my bathroom renovation deductible?

We are completely refitting the bathroom in our rental property, including floors, walls, ceiling and all the internal fittings. We are also installing an instant hot water bottled gas system. Is this tax deductible, or is it regarded as part of the house, which I have never deducted? It appears that you are improving the asset beyon... read more

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Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

Janice Bieleski
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Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

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Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

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Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

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Tim Duffett, Plan A Investments Limited