This is an excellent article from an accountant colleague of mine, Robb MacKinlay.

“As a professional or consultant, your business success relies on developing and nurturing relationships. So choosing to pay for a client’s lunch, or shouting a Christmas dinner for staff and associates, is part of doing business.

I am guessing, however, that your invitations do not normally extend to the person you’ve dealt with at IRD. Whether or not that is the reason, the taxman hasn’t quite come to the party.


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