Chris Heaslip is the managing editor of taxblog.co.nz
Chris has a Masters in Taxation from the University of Auckland where he was taught by some of the leading tax authorities in New Zealand. He has spent the last six years learning about the New Zealand tax system in order to learn cutting edge ideas and develop a knowledge of tax which is rarely available to business owners.
Over that time he has seen and dealt with just about every type of business you can imagine, and has worked on every kind of tax question, problem, challenge and opportunity.
Chris began his career in tax with the Inland Revenue Department as a tax investigator. During his time at the IRD Chris conducted a large number of audits on small, medium and large sized businesses, gaining a thorough understanding of the tax system in the process. This gave him the opportunity to observe how large businesses structure their affairs to manage their compliance obligations.
Wanting to learn more about corporate tax and how it is structured, Chris spent the next eighteen months working for one of the largest accounting and tax advisory firms in the world. His clients included Fortune 500 companies, automobile manufacturers, computer manufacturers, and some of the New Zealand and the world’s leading service firms, giving him the opportunity to see how multinational corporates approach their tax obligations, and to learn the structures and processes they use to minimise the tax they pay.
Having worked both sides of the fence, Chris is uniquely placed to offer some fresh insight into the world of New Zealand tax.
Chris is also a director of IRS Tax Limited an Auckland based tax consulting firm.