I have led the tax team at Saunders & Co since starting in 2018. I also specialise in relationship property, and commercial matters. In 2022 I left our city office to become the partner in charge of the Wigram office. With significant growth in the western suburbs, it is important to us to be able to provide first-class legal solutions within the convenience of the suburbs.
Throughout my career I have worked in an international accounting firm, a “big 4” and a boutique tax law firm. I have also spent time working in a large corporate recovery team at an international firm. This combination of law, commerce, and accounting has given me a broad skill base to bring to my clients, whether they are seeking commercial or tax advice. My well-rounded approach is crucial to giving the most accurate and practical advice possible.
My move to Wigram allows me to assist clients in my local area and I am passionate about building even stronger links with the western suburbs, where I have lived since a child.
What My Clients Say
“Julia Johnston has been great to deal with. She was very professional and explained everything clearly – both in person and via email.” Oct 2019Catherine and Josh
“Julia Johnston’s empathy for our situation, coupled with her sound subject knowledge and passion for what she does, was priceless… this made all the difference to us.” Dec 2019Janice Wickes
“Julia Johnston, thanks, I really appreciate everything you have done for me. I don’t believe I would be trading today without you.” Sep 2019Name withheld for commercial reasons
"I had a fantastic experience with Saunders & Co. Julia Johnston is as caring as she is proficient. Her level-head and laser-focus cut through the emotional chaos of my case and highlighted only the facts. Every step of the way, she kept me informed, encouraged me to think things through and made sure I was completely comfortable. And she did it all while I remained overseas. She and her team navigated that added level of difficulty with ease and grace. She is honest, well-spoken, thorough, and proactive. She was a joy to work with, always bringing a bit of sunshine and optimism. Her tenacity and commanding knowledge of law brought a settlement better than I dared dream. I am incredibly grateful!" May 2021Melinda Perkins
"Julia's team was fast, logical, efficient, and extremely professional. Any challenge that came up they handled ethically and effectively. I am incredibly impressed and happy with the calibre of their work." August 2021R Kerr
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Following the discovery of a community case of the Delta variant of COVID-19, at 11. 59pm on 17 August 2021, New Zealand was placed into Alert Level 4 Lockdown.
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On 10 June the Government released their discussion document “Design of the interest limitation rule and additional bright-line rules”. The discussion document provides details on the proposed interest limitation and bright-line rules, following the 23 March 2021 announcements.
If you are planning to buy or sell a business this year, you need to be aware of the new purchase price allocation rules which come into effect on 1 July 2021.
On 23 March, the Government passed their amendments to the residential-property bright-line test under urgency, and without consultation via a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP).
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With the current global pandemic more and more kiwis are returning home and continuing to work for their offshore employer.
New Zealanders love property. Buying and selling property in New Zealand is common. What is less commonly known are the tax implications of these transactions. For many years, people have used property as a way to increase their wealth.
While no comprehensive capital gains tax is being considered in New Zealand at present, there is already a full body of tax law relating to land.
I am frequently asked by clients to assist with the GST implications of a proposed property purchase.
With the world becoming a much smaller place, it is easy for businesses to find themselves trading overseas without too much consideration.
GST is easy – it’s 15%, 0%, or wrong. GST is the most common thing that goes wrong in property transactions, due to a widespread lack of understanding by registered parties and professional advisers.
In a recent case, the High Court awarded summary judgement on appeal against a vendor for a breach of warranty in relation to the GST on the sale of land.
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