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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 7 2015
6 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 7, 2015 www.times.co.nz When it comes to doing business it’s all about building trust. And the clients of SBA Small Business Accounting Dannemora know and trust the man who handles their accounts. Owner-operator Peter Fus- sell says he was amazed by the number of people who couldn’t put a face to the name of their accountants and were like invis- ible number crunchers who often issued big bills at the end of their services. “Clients won’t find that hap- pening here at SBA,” says Peter. “We will take a personal interest in each and every client’s busi- ness. It’s a relationship.” Operating transparently, Peter offers the assurance of no hidden costs and communicates effec- tively in a friendly, easy to under- stand manner with his clients at all times. “We will tailor a solution to our clients, giving them the flexibility to conduct their financial report- ing on their terms.” As a result, monthly account- ing packages start from just $100 a month plus a subscription fee to Xero accounting software. And landlords, too, can reap the benefits with rental property accounting beginning from as low as $300 a year plus GST. “We negotiate and agree on a fixed and affordable monthly fee from the outset and our clients are not faced with any unex- pected bills on completion of their accounts and taxes,” says Peter. Established for just over a year, SBA Dannemora in Botany Junc- tion has been growing rapidly as a result of its winning formula. Importantly, Peter, a seasoned businessman, is here to guide small business owners through the process of setting up or run- ning their own business whilst offering valued advice to help them grow. Supported by the larger SBA network boasting 52 franchises nationwide, SBA Dannemora’s growing client database numbers speak for themselves. Offering plenty of parking at the doorstep in a contemporary, well-appointed environment, SBA makes it easy for business own- ers to drop in to discuss business with Peter. Kiss goodbye to sleepless nights and let Peter take care of all accounting matters while you get on with doing what you do best – running your business. For a FREE consultation and quote, contact Peter at: SBA Dannemora Botany Junction (around the corner from ASB) 277 Te Irirangi Dr, Botany South Ph 277 7007 or 021 860 730 www.sba.co.nz/dannemora No surprises accounting from SBA in Dannemora Owner-operator Peter Fussell of SBA Dannemora ADVERTORIAL CP0161A Shop 4, 500 Ti Rakau Drive BOTANY DOWNS Vi s bySe tt ing - $3,799NOW$2,200S t ra t aSe tt ing - $1,999NOW$1,200$1,200Kea1.5mBen c hSe tt ing2Ben c he s- $547NOW$290 Kea 1m Octagonal Table + 4 Folding Chairs- $297 NOW $149 (09) 273 8046 SALE!!!Vi s bySe tt ing - $3,799Vi s bySe tt ing - $3,799NOWSALE!!! KC10835 THEReserve Bank’s call for ‘fresh consideration’ on tax policy for properties misses the point in addressing the current Auckland housing imbalance. In a speech by the deputy governor Grant Spencer that was tantamount to a call for there to be a capital gains tax, the Reserve Bank points to property investors as a key driver of the Auckland house-price inflation. However, the ensuing reignited rhetoric on capital gains tax falls short of addressing the underlying cause of the current housing pressure, says Andrew Bruce, president of the Auckland Property Investors’ Association. “Capital gains tax is a Band-Aid solution that cannot solve the challenges we face in this market,” he says. “Auckland’s Achilles heel has always been a historical undersupply of housing. The persistent price- climb and the inevitable sidelining of first-home-buyers that is repugnant to so many Kiwis are the direct consequences of this shortage. Singling out the ‘tax-preferred status of housing’ is a political cop-out that dodges the real underlying issue.” From a policy standpoint, Bruce believes decision-makers can make a big difference by making Auckland a more development-friendly regime. “ We have to address the heart of the issue - that of supply, or lack thereof. Until policies are in place to promote the supply side of the equation by welcoming the building industry back into this city to boost its housing stock, I do not see there being any substantive solution towards easing the housing pressure.” Bruce is also wary of the unintended consequences a capital gains tax may bring to renters and first-home-buyers. “Property investors being businessmen and women will factor all costs into their revenue, being that of either sale price or rent,” says Bruce. “My concern is that a capital gains tax will ultimately be detrimental to renters and first-home-buyers who are the end-users of the accommodation goods and services investors bring to this market. Ironically, these are the people the capital gains tax proponents set out to protect in the first place.” The Auckland Property Investors’ Association is a non-profit organisation that supports local investors through industry advocacy and volunteer-driven education programmes. What do you think? Email bot@ times.co.nz Capital gains tax misses the point IT’S good to know that the Immigration Amendment Bill that cracks down on employers who exploit migrant worker has passed its final reading in parliament today. While reports of migrant exploitation have occasionally made newspaper headlines, there are a lot more incidents that go unreported. It’s because of the fear migrants have of being deported. Under the new law, employers who exploit temporary workers will face a jail sentence of up to seven years, a fine not exceeding $100,000, or both. A new offence has also been introduced for employers who exploit legal temporary or unlawful workers and are reckless as to their immigration status. This offence carries a jail sentence of up to five years, a fine not exceeding $100,000, or both. In addition, exploitative employers who hold residence visas will also be liable for deportation if the offence was committed within 10 years of gaining residence. The Bill also extends the search powers of immigration officers so that they can search an employer’s premises and talk to the people present to identify offending by employers. They will be able to check documents and search for unlawful workers. While the tough penalties reflect that the government will not tolerate employers who exploit migrant labour for their own commercial advantage, we also need to focus on building confidence within the migrant community. It’s important for them to feel safe enough to step forward and complain if they are treated like slaves. There have been instances of employers seeking sexual gratification from the migrant employees and exploiting them physically, making them work long hours, way beyond the employment contract. This is done with the threat of deporting them. The good news is that now if a migrant is determined to report a true story of exploitation to the officials, he/she can be granted a valid visa to stay in New Zealand. Also, Immigration New Zealand will be spending more than $7 million over four years to boost the number of labour inspectors and immigration officers dealing with the Canterbury rebuild. Migrant exploitation 166 Harris Rd, East Tamaki, Auckland. Phone: 09 272 4424 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.immigrationadvicenz.com MATTERS With Saif Shaikh Immigration Definitely a step in the right direction. – Saif Shaikh, managing director of Immigration Advice New Zealand Ltd Macleans College second-hand sale AISHWARYA Gopalakrishnan and Andy Kwak, service captains of Upham house, Macleans College, along with the service prefects, are hosting a second-hand sale where all the proceeds go towards the Howick RSA. Upham House is named after Kiwi Charles Upham, who was awarded two Victorian Crosses in WWII. To be held on Saturday, May 16 from 10am-2pm, St Columba Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Golflands, there will be a range of items that include clothing, toys, books and household appliances—all priced from $1-$10. There will also be brand new clothing, straight from the factory which has been donated by Fountain Apparel Ltd. There’ll also be face painting for a gold coin donation with plenty of little treasures on sale.
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