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Mark Withers: What about the plight of the ma-and-pa investors?

As the government continues to roll out relief measures to meet the economic challenges of COVID-19, I ask that it be mindful of the plight of those mum and pa property investors who supply 34% of housing in New Zealand. In addition to the ongoing compliance cost increases associated with owning rental properties and new legislation that surely increases the risk of prolonged periods ...
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Kelvin Davidson: The tax ring-fence is unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour

From April 1st the tax ring-fence for rental property losses needs to be accounted for by investors. It is currently going through the ‘bill to law’ process, which starts with a select committee and then ends up before Parliament for the final stage. In other words, although it’s not law just yet, it looks pretty likely to pass and once approved will apply to the current tax year (end...
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More roadblocks to ringfencing?

This week's question comes from Tania (paraphrased): Now that submissions have closed for ring-fencing, what happens next? Is there anything else investors can do to stop it from becoming law? Andrew King from the New Zealand Property Investors' Federation kindly replies below: Public submissions on ring-fencing have closed, so our opportunity to have input into the matter has of...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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John Paynter: Some thoughts on ring-fencing rental losses from the landlord's perspective

There is the widespread belief that residential landlords make large profits with minimal effort and negligible risk. This is quite untrue. My gross income from investments is probably about the same I would get if I was once again employed in the corporate world. I typically work more than a forty hour week but, unlike corporate employment, I get no paid holidays or other benefits. There...
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