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This series is designed for Public sector finance personnel who interact with GST, FBT, PAYE and withholding tax matters. Our series also focuses on the challenges to implement the Holidays Act and Financial reporting requirements for the Public sector. 

Workshop details

 Session One - GST fundamentals, common errors and update on legislative developments (Completed) 

  • This seminar will be a good refresher of the basics, along with an overview of areas that have undergone significant change in recent times.

Session Two - Pay as you earn (PAYE) and withholding tax (WHT) matters, and the taxation of allowances 

  • PAYE continues to be the largest area of tax for most public sector entities, and together with the correct identification of withholding taxes on schedular payments, PAYE is an important area of tax compliance.
  • The changes to the taxation of allowances, accommodation and the treatment of secondees in recent years is still causing challenges for many public sector organisations.
  • One particular area of focus will be the new withholding tax rules and an update on the progression of PAYE transformation.

Session three – FBT matters

  • This seminar will provide coverage of all the core legislation considerations, along with an overview of areas that have undergone significant change in recent times. Real life case studies will be, used to illustrate.
  • It will serve as a reminder of issues to consider for fourth quarter FBT returns.

Session Four – Holiday Pay

  • The challenges to implement the Holidays Act are pervasive across a large number of New Zealand organisations. On the surface the Holidays Act requirements are easy to understand, however they can be challenging to implement and systemise. When payroll policy, processes, data, knowledge and systems are not aligned employers can face considerable time and effort to remediate, and also go back six years to recalculate historical holiday pay owing to current and ex-employees.
  • This seminar will provide practical tips to assessing your holiday pay compliance risk.

 Session Five – Public sector financial reporting requirements

  • This seminar is an opportunity for you to keep up to date with current financial reporting challenges relevant to the Public sector. Our Public sector specialists will provide you with a high-level overview of the standards relevant to your sector including changes to PBE Standards,technical accounting issues faced by preparers of PBE Standard compliant financial statements plus NZ IFRS changes relevant to PBE's.
  • Our specialists will share some common issues we see in the public and not-for-profit sectors and how to deal with these.

Workshop dates

Session two: Thursday 18 October
Session three: Thursday 1 November
Session four: Thursday 15 November
Session five: Thursday 29 November

Target Audience

 This series is, designed for Public sector personnel involved in the finance area or who interact with the finance team. This may include Human Resources, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable staff.

Continuing Professional Development

8 hours, each session is 2 hours


Sign up for all four sessions for $800.00 +GST (8 hours CPD), or register for each session individually for $250 +GST per session (2 hours CPD).




Phil Fisher

Phil (PwC Partner) is our lead partner for indirect taxes, covering GST, PAYE/withholding taxes and FBT. Providing advice on risk management solutions and transactional matters, across a diverse range of clients, he has plenty of interesting ‘stories’ he can share to ensure these are practical and informative sessions.

Michelle Macdonald 

Michelle (PwC Tax Director), leads the Wellington GST, PAYE/withholding taxes and FBT practice. Michelle has extensive indirect tax experience across a range of sectors, and focuses on providing practical advice to ensure that clients have their compliance risks covered.

Roselea Paterson

Roselea is a senior manager in our Financial Advisory Services team. She works with a range of clients to assist with technical accounting, tax and a wide range of business issues.

Roselea has experience with a number of not-for-profit entities, helping with their year end accounting and liaising with audit teams. She helps a number of mixed groups with the transition between IFRS to PBE IPSAS reporting for their year end compliance.

Roselea enjoys working together with her clients to make complex accounting and year end reporting simple, less stressful and more useful.

Clive Brodie

Clive is a Director in PwC’s Accounting Consulting Services practice and is based in Wellington.  He has a strong track record in dealing with complex financial reporting issues.  For over 10 years in PwC’s Accounting Consulting Services and assurance practice he has advised clients on the application of accounting standards.  In addition, he spent over six years as a senior project manager for New Zealand Financial Reporting Standards Board and the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board working on local and international projects to develop accounting standards.

Clive is a member of PwC’s international accounting team focused on financial reporting in the public sector drawing on his experience to contribute the development of financial reporting internationally and regularly presents training on financial reporting requirements.

Over recent years, his clients have included The Treasury, various councils, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Housing New Zealand and the Reserve Bank.

Vaughan Harrison

Vaughan Harrison (PwC Partner) leads PwC's holiday pay service, working alongside clients to assess holiday pay compliance, recalculate historical holiday pay, and remediate to address challenges identified.  Vaughan understands the common root causes that drive holiday pay non-compliance across policy, process, knowledge, technology and data, including practical approaches to meet Holidays Act requirements. 


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