Journalists Love Crunch

9 Aug

The Crunch team sat down last week with Aimee Wilson freelance journalist who recently went through Crunch to file her end of year tax return.

“Crunch is perfect for me as I work from home and also look after my young son, so I don’t have a lot of extra time for visiting accountants when it comes to sorting out my tax return.  The online service means I can quickly and easily send the information away to the Crunch team and let them deal with it for me.”

Aimee was a straight shooter, fun to talk to and enjoyed being the interviewee for a change!

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O for Awesome

20 Jul

Here at Crunch HQ, we think this is a classic and worth a watch every now and again. We thought we should drag it out after this weekends controversial bout with Monte Barret that ended in a draw.

The Tuamanator was docked a point after he flung his opponent to the ground in frustration and later on he hit the deck for the first time in his 56 fight professional career.

It may be a case of ‘O’ for Old fella, hang up ya gloves before someone gets hurt. ‘O’ for Ouch, that hurt when you hit me in the head, or ‘O’ for OMG I’m 37 and should look after my remaining brain cells.

Mixed Messages

12 Jul

There is no doubt that this economic blip has felt long winded and fairly drastic.  By all accounts folks are tired of the talk and keen to look on the bright side at this point.

There has been lots of talk about the easing of the recession and this has spurred hope for some positive economic indicators.  In actual fact, the expectation of this imminent recovery has made it difficult for our small to medium enterprises because while waiting for it to actually show up, energy and fund reserves dry up; in turn business confidence drops.

However, the Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) shows that optimists still outnumber pessimists, with a net 18% expecting the economy to improve. That figure is down from 22% in March.

Research has also shown that Kiwis are a strong and an innovative bunch who choose to work longer hours and introduce new products and services into their business.  Expect some wee gems to be born of these hard times; the concept of pressure producing diamonds is not to be sniffed at.

Another positive sign is that Trade Me Jobs has had a 29%increase in jobs listed.  After serious down-sizing, businesses are now gearing up to take advantage of the proposed growing market.  Historically, welcoming contractors and part time staff back on board is an indication of improvement of the  economic state of play.  Hear, hear.

GST change – does your system need assistance?

27 Jun

It is a time to work smarter, not harder, inside your business. Every system you have (both computerised and manual procedures) within your business needs love. Efficiency is king in this belt tightening age.

With the GST rate changing from 12.5% to 15% on October 1st we suggest taking a look at your accounting software or tool and checking out what you need to do now to make it through the change over.

If you are rolling a software program on your hard drive consider that: “They only have a few months to make the change, burn it onto a CD, put it in a box (made from trees), put the box on a boat or plane, courier it to the store, where you can drive down to pick it up, then install.” This is a snippet from a sweet little post on the Xero Blog. These guys have been through two VAT changes in the UK, hiccup free.

We strongly suggest you sort it out soon. Check out what you need to do for your existing system or better still take the time to check out Xero. You can TRY XERO FOR FREE to get a taste of this savvy little tool.

The Crunch team loves Xero and loves talking about Xero so if you have questions please don’t hesitate to drop us a line or give us a bell.

The only thing we’ll comb over is your books

8 Jun

We are currently running an ad campaign that is cracking us up. Comb overs are funny and that’s a fact. Another fact is that accountants are not as fun as comb overs!

Never the less the campaign we are running includes a tasty little discount off what we to consider to ALREADY be a pretty sharp pencil. Zap through to crunch to check it out and enter this secret code to see the discount appear 33550…..enjoy!

Brass Monkey Special

8 Jun

For a 20% reduction in your accounting fees enter this smart code 33549 at icrunch.co.nz

Take 2 minutes to check it out…you might be pleasantly surprised!

Below Xero

8 Jun

Did we tell you we won an award?

Our friend at Xero awarded us Partner Innovation Award for 2009 and we are stoked.

Crunch for Property Investors

8 Jun

We are speaking to the good folks down at Otago Property Investors Association about the budget changes and how that might effect them as investors. On June 24th at The Wanaka Hotel our team will be giving the low down, please feel free to join us!

Date: Thursday June 24th

Time: 7pm to start at 7.30

Place: Wanaka Hotel

Tax Refunds and Crunch are now friends

4 Jun

The folks at TaxRefunds.co.nz have been helping their clients get their end of year tax returns in quickly through crunch. We are stoked to have been able to lend a hand and get these folks get tax compliant and in ship shape for IRD.