Our top 10 most popular news stories of 2018

Our news was read more than a million times in 2018. Here are the top 10 most popular articles.

1. ACC refunds: Do you qualify?

About 300,000 business customers were charged incorrect ACC levies from 2002. Here’s what you need to do if you think you may be one of them.

2. Hobby or business?

You sell the odd hand-knitted scarf to friends, or maybe you sell your knitwear every week at local markets. How can you tell if it’s a hobby or a business?

3. Have overseas accounts? What you need to know

If you have an account with an offshore financial institution, information about your overseas investments is now being shared with Inland Revenue. Find out what you need to know.

4. Employee reference checks

There’s more to reference checking than ticking a box – these tips will help you get the best information about a candidate so you can be confident you’re making a good decision.

5. Employment: Five key rights and rules

If you’re an employer or a worker, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. Not only is this a great foundation for an employment relationship, it’s the law. Get up to speed with these tips.

6. Holiday and short-term rentals: What you need to know

If you’re thinking about making your home, rental property or holiday house available for short-term rentals, make sure you know the rules on holiday rental agreements, claiming expenses, whether to declare it at tax time, and more.

7. Sole traders: Got your NZ business number?

The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a globally unique identifier available to Kiwi businesses, including sole traders, and it comes with a growing list of benefits.

8. Renting to students

Student tenancies are covered by all the same rules as other tenancies – but sometimes students have different expectations, especially around length of lease. Setting clear expectations upfront will pay off in the long run.

9. Managing mental health in the workplace

As an employer or manager, you know your people are essential to the success of your business. Check out our tips on supporting your employees.

10. Do your business a favour: ONECheck it

The improved ONECheck allows you to check business names, trade marks, web domains and social media usernames in one simple search, and guides you to your next steps.