motozed: oh i thought as a business transport is an expense hence tax deductible.
any more tips on what might be able to be claimed as an expense?
thanks very much all, will speak to IRD re the gst side soon. im thinking if i just collect for now anyway, and if i dont go over 60k i just give it ird ?
I understand you can claim transport costs from your base travelling to jobs onsite. I think it would be hard to explain bus fares being "business travel" unless you can show thats how you meet clients and you still do substantial work from your home office.
You should be able to get GST registered before your income hits 60k, since it sounds like you won't have too many expenses to claim for. Otherwise you would want to get registered and claim back GST on all costs from the beginning. Being only here for 3 months, is it worth all that trouble and time? If you remain a tax resident in your home country you might be able to just pay non-resident withholding tax here? Not sure about criteria for that but your accountant should know more, and ok to ask IRD if you just stick to questions about the legal requirements and their tax relationship with your home country.
Edit: Yes you need to pay ACC, but thats insurance so you can claim it if you get hit by a keyboard or something. Its not too much.