If you're a small business owner in New Zealand and are looking for accounting software to automate your accounting process, you are looking at the right place.

As part of our recent release, Deskera has rolled out New Zealand Compliance so that you can plunge right in.

Please read more below as we cover the step-by-step guide for New Zealand compliance so you can navigate Deskera like a walk in the park.

Let's start.

How do I set up my company details?

Follow the steps below to set-up your company details:

  1. Once you have created your account with Deskera, our system will direct you Deskera Dashboard.

2. A pop-up message will appear >> Click on the set up your own organization icon.

3. In the following screen, fill in the following fields:

  • Your organization name - This is populated based on the organization name you have filled when signing up for your Deskera account. Please note that you cannot edit the company name once you have saved it during the sign-up process.
  • The financial year start date
  • The book beginning date - To understand more about these dates, please click here.
  • Tax Residency - Select the country in which your business is registered. You can select New Zealand.
  • Reporting Currency - This would be auto-populated based on the currency of the country you have selected. In this case, it will be the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

4. Click on the Create button.

Where can I save my company registration number?

You have successfully set-up your organization in Australia.

So, what's next?

Next, you will need to fill in your business number, company number, and Business Activity Statement reporting method.

To do that, follow the steps here:

  1. On Deskera Books' Main Dashboard, click on the company tab via the sidebar menu.
  2. The system will direct you to your company details page.

3.   Click on the edit icon under the compliance settings section.

4.   Next, fill in the fields as shown:

  • IRD Number - Enter your IRD number with not more than 20 characters. This is a non-mandatory field.
  • GST Number - Enter the GST number with not more than 20 characters. This is a non-mandatory field.

5.   Click on the Update button to save.

Setting up your Chart of Accounts

To view the default Chart of Accounts, you can read more on the steps here:

  1. Go to Accounting via the sidebar menu.

2.   Click on the Chart of Accounts (COA).

3.   On this page,  you can view the default COA listed in Deskera Books.

4.    If you couldn't find any COA that fits your business requirements, you can always create a new account by clicking on the "Add" button.

Please refer to this article to guide you on creating the Chart of Account in Deskera Books.

Create a new tax rate and tax group

Once your Chart of Accounts is up and running, next, you need to ensure that the applicable tax rates are available for your organization.

Follows the steps here to view the default tax rates in Deskera Books:

  1. Click on Settings via the sidebar menu >> Select Tax.

2.  On this page, you can view the list of default tax rates available.

3. If you couldn't find any tax rate relevant to your business, you can always click on the Add Tax button to create a new one.

4.  You can choose to add Tax or add tax group:

a) Add Tax: This means creating a single tax rate. Fill in the following fields to save the tax rate:

  • Tax Name - Enter the tax name
  • Percentage - The percentage of the tax rate
  • Description - Short notes describing the tax
  • Tax Code - Enter the tax code
  • Tax Type - Choose the tax type. You can select the tax type either as Sales, Purchases or Both
  • Tax Account - Select the tax account involved. The options that appeared from the dropdown here is populated based on the accounts in COA
  • Show Tax Amount In - Enable the checkbox from the list; None, Box 5, Box 6, Box 8, Box 11, Box 12, and GST on imports. Enabling this will populate the data for the boxes in the GST Returns Report
  • Show Net Amount Before Tax In - Enable the checkbox from the list;None, Box 5, Box 6, Box 8, Box 11, Box 12, and GST on imports. Enabling this will populate the data for the boxes in the GST Returns Report

b) Add Tax Group: If you choose to create a tax group, you can add multiple tax components to this tax group. Fill in the following fields as shown:

  • Name - The name of the tax group
  • Description - Notes describing the tax group
  • Tax Code - Enter the tax code for the tax group
  • Type - Choose the tax type; Purchase, or Sales
  • Tax Component - You can choose from the list of tax rates from the drop-down. Please note that you cannot select the tax group in the tax component. Also, you cannot add more than 5 tax components here.
  • Apply To - Choose either pre-tax amount or after-tax-amount. You can only select one after-tax-amount in this field.

6. Click Save. You can now view the newly added tax and tax group from the Tax List.

7.  You can edit the tax details but cannot delete the system's default tax rate. Also, you are only allowed to delete the tax rate you created on your own.

8.  If you have already applied the tax rate in any documents or contacts, you cannot delete the respective tax rate.

How can I indicate my vendor's IRD or GST number?

Contact means both your customers and vendors in Deskera Books.

To indicate your vendor's IRD and GST number, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Contacts tab via the sidebar menu.
  2. Click on the Add Contact button.
  3. Fill in the fields stated:
  • Name - Your contact's name
  • Auto-numbering format - Customize the auto-numbering format for the contact
  • Email Address - The contact's email address
  • Currency - The currency is auto-populated based on the currency saved on the setting page
  • IDR Number - Your vendor's IDR number. This is a non-mandatory field
  • GST Number - Your vendor's GST number. This is a non-mandatory field

4.  Click on the Save button.

How do I set up the product default tax rate?

  1. Go to Products via sidebar menu.
  2. Fill in the fields in the general info tab.
  3. After that, click on the Accounting tab. Select the respective purchase tax and sales tax as created in the Tax Module.
  4. Tick the checkbox below to set the tax rate as the default purchase tax and default sales tax.

5.   Once you have set-up the purchase tax and sales tax for this product, click on the Save button.

How to apply the tax against an invoice or bill?

Once you have created your products and contacts, you can start issuing invoices or bills to your customers/vendors.

To create an invoice, you can follow the steps here:

  1. Go to the Sell tab on the sidebar menu.
  2. Click on the Create Invoice button.
  3. Fill in the fields in the invoice as per the guide here.

4. Upon selecting the product line item, the tax column will be auto-populated based on the default sales tax rate saved in the Contact Module. You can also change the tax rate here.

5. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the tax field. You can view the allocation of tax based on the tax component in the tax group.

6. Click on the Save button.

You can follow the steps mentioned below to create a bill:

  1. Go to Buy via the sidebar menu
  2. Click on the Create Bill button.
  3. Fill in the fields in the bill as per the guide here.

4.  Upon selecting the product line item, the tax column will be auto-populated based on the default purchase tax rate saved in the Contact Module. You can also change the tax rate here.

5.  Click on the Save button to create the bill.

Finally, you have successfully set-up your company details registered in New Zealand, customize the Chart of Accounts, create a new tax/tax group, indicate your vendor's IRD/GST number, and tag the tax rate against the product.