Over the last couple of years staff within the Connexional Office have had to deal with concerns expressed by congregational members that the Inland Revenue Department has rejected donations paid to the Church by them. While it has not been a major concern within the wider Church we have reflected upon the advice we have sent out to the wider Connexion and have updated our information with the help of the Inland Revenue.
Attached to this email are three documents, which are the same, other than the language within them. One is in English, one is in English with Tongan translation and the other is English with a Samoan translation.
The documents listed below are the latest information we have available and if followed should allow for the smooth processing of tax donation receipts for the tax year ending 31 March 2018.
If a congregational member has an issue, we would appreciate a note regarding it with the details and the Connexional Office will follow it up with the IRD. However, final resolution of the matter is between the IRD and the congregational member, but we will attempt to ensure the system works for all parties concerned.
If we can be of further assistance, please let Peter van Hout in the Connexional Office know.
Donation Tax Credits under the Income Tax Act 2007 Short Form Samoan
Donation Tax Credits under the Income Tax Act 2007 Short Form Tongan
Donation Tax Credits under the Income Tax Act 2007 Short Form (English only)
This was an e-mail that i received from Charities Services. Some of you may be interested in this.
|Kia ora, talofa lava and warm greetings,
Does your registered charity need some help with its Annual Return, Performance Report or some face to face support to get your head around the financial reporting standards?
Charities Services’ accountants will be available on Thursday 22 February from 12 – 4pm in our DIA Manukau office to help registered charities with any accounting queries related to their charity’s Annual Return, Performance Report and the financial reporting standards. If your charity would benefit from some free accounting expertise, book your appointment now.
How it works
We have limited appointments available, so please select your preferred appointment time here. The appointments will be for approx. 20 minutes, so to maximise your time with us you’ll be asked to provide:
· The legal name or Charities Registration number (CC number) of your charity. You can find this on the Charities Register.
· A brief description of your accounting query.
Once you’ve submitted your request for an appointment, we’ll get in touch with you to confirm the time of your appointment with one of our accountants.
*If you’re receiving this email but you’re not in charge of your charity’s finances, please forward this invitation on to the relevant person in your charity, or anyone you think might be interested.
There may be times when you need to enter a GST return for a month that is NOT the current GST month and you need to change the dates. This can be done but you need to change the “Covering Period From” and the “Covering Period To” dates on the GST form that is presented when you log into the GST System. These are highlighted below.
Please note that ALL entities that report to the Conference of the Methodist Church of New Zealand are registered under one GST return. All Methodist entities are REQUIRED to lodge a GST return in the Methodist Church GST system on a monthly basis ON or BEFORE the 25th of each month.
For those of you using Xero, you need to deal with the GST return in Xero, finalise it for the month and then enter the GST information from Xero into the Methodist Church GST system. At present there is no automatic way of transferring the GST information from Xero to our GST system.
“Catching up” on GST returns going back more than two months is not considered acceptable to the IRD and may also not be allowed by the Church.
The Government has announced that it will increase the minimum wage by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018.
You will need to factor this into budgets.
For all Methodist entities that report to the Conference of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, a copy of the Performance Report (your annual financial statements) needs to be with the Connexional Office by 5.00pm Thursday 12 October.
If you are NOT able to meet this deadline, please inform the Connexional Office.
Please remember that you are also required to lodge your approved Performance Report with Charities Services as part of the Annual Return. This needs to be done by 31 December 2017.
Just a reminder that your fully completed financial statements (now called the Performance Reports) need to be sent to the General Secretary at the Connexional Office by Friday 12 October 2017 at the very latest.
The annual Performance Report needs to be in a format that meets the financial reporting standard that you have elected to comply with and that you are able to use (Tier 1,2,3 or 4).
If the Operating Expenditure shown on the Statement of Financial Performance (profit and loss account) is over $500,000 this year and last year, you will require an independent assurance report (a review or audit). Please refer to the Resources Page of the Accounting Blog site for a copy of the Assurance Policy of the Methodist Church.
Just a note to remind you that the annual parish statistics information can be completed online through the GST System. The person who would normally file the monthly GST information will have the user name and password. Information on this has already been sent out.
If you require a paper based form then ask Wendy Kier for one and she will send you are copy. The completed M2 Form is due to be with Wendy by Friday 18 August 2017.
The instructions on now to complete your Parish Statistics (M2Form) online are now available. Follow this link..
Use of Online M2 Form – Parish Statistics July 2017
Christine has started up a checklist for people when they are preparing their end of year financial statements for the Church. Click on the link below.
If you have anything to add to the checklist, we would welcome your feedback to either Peter or Christine in the Connexional Office.
Finalising Transactions for the Year End