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One of the best things about being an accountant (yes there are some) is the ability to get up close and personal with some of the best businesses on the planet.  What’s not so great is being a messenger for the IRD.  Early in my career, I had an incredibly uncomfortable meeting with an elderly gent who just wouldn’t believe it was illegal to claim his glasses and hearing aid, even though he needed them to do his job.  It was quite the battle, I can tell you, so instead of boring him with legislation I told him about the court case where a personal trainer was sentenced, to home detention, for claiming running shoes and that even plain clothes police were taxed on their clothing allowance.

Now, I’m not saying it’s fair. Personally, I’m on your side but is there a way around these laws?  The answer is advertising.   I don’t know how you feel about having your business branding plastered all over your designer jeans but it’s one way to make them tax deductible.  Without advertising, most clothes fail under the scrutiny of a ‘brown-trousered’ tax investigator (unless they’re uniforms or health and safety wear).  We’d hate you to get caught out so why not quizz yourself to see if you can pick what’s deductible below?

“Life, as a business owner, isn’t perfect but your outfit can be”

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As many of you know we’re just back from Jordan (that place beside Syria) so what better time to release our travel newsletter, with its usual edge of humour to offset the academia.  Understandably the accounting industry tends to lack humour and I doubt very much that travel review websites, like trip advisor, were invented to provide comic relief either but they seem to have achieved it nonetheless.  Some of the most entertaining reviews I’ve read will unfortunately be etched in my brain for life … particularly the unlucky traveller who, while enjoying a quiet drink by the pool, was “spewed on from the balcony above” and the couple furious about sharing their room with “Midgets” (in their words, not mine).  Ignoring typo’s (such as Midges*) what you post on public forums matters especially when you’re on a business trip. What most people don’t realise is that submitting reviews and posting business updates, on social media platforms, can really strengthen your travel claim when you’re facing off against an IRD investigator.  It can also work against you so read on for more tips:

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Copyright © 2016 Boutique Financial Limited Chartered Accountants Auckland All Rights Reserved. This publication must be read in accordance with the attached disclaimer and does not provide an exhaustive statement of tax law.