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Craig Cooper


Craig Cooper is a Partner in our Auckland office and has been with RSM New Zealand since 2006. Craig’s role brings together extensive experience in business management and client accounting. 

While studying at the University of Auckland, Craig worked as a duty manager for a popular Auckland bar/restaurant.  This background has not only given him a wealth of experience in running a successful business in hospitality, but also allows him to apply that experience to the operations of his clients – proving firsthand experience is invaluable.  After graduating Craig left the hospitality industry and began working for RSM as a graduate.  Craig’s mild manner and structured approach to client issues quickly saw him progress to the role of Partner where he is now responsible for overseeing the work of our Highbrook accounting team, as well as further developing his own client relationships.

During his time at RSM, Craig has develped a real passion for helping businesses identify opportunities to grow and, of course, increase their profits.  Craig understands the value in having strong and effective working relationships that allow clients to propser in an ever-changing environment.  This has been a constant focus of his since early in his career and he has developed some strong working relationships by helping clients with complicated structures achieve the best outcome for them and their business

Craig has obtained qualifications from the University of Auckland in Bachelor of Commerce in Operations Management and Graduate Diploma in Accounting, and became a Chartered Accountant in 2009.  Craig is also a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a professional association of Chartered Accountants.

With a strong passion for what he does, and a team behind him to help meet clients’ expectations, Craig is in the perfect role to help anyone who comes knocking on his door.

“If everything is under control, you're going too slow”

~ Mario Andretti

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Succession planning | Shaping up for Sale

17 February 2020
To extract maximum value from your business it is critical that it is firing on all cylinders and in its best shape before heading for sale. In our second article “Succession Planning: Your Best Exit Strategy”, we stressed that having an understanding of your best exit option(s) allows for better planning and greater control towards a succe...

Avoid cash flow issues over the holiday period

9 November 2018
The festive season is the busiest time of the year for many industries, but while it can be seen that “business is booming” to most, behind the scenes there may be cash flow issues. For some industries, the rush probably started a few weeks/months ago – renovators and hairdressers getting last minute makeover work, mechanics servicing ...

Tax payment dates for early 2018

20 October 2017
With the Christmas holiday period fast approaching, it is important that you are aware of the upcoming tax payment deadlines to avoid penalties for late or missed payments.  Listed below are the tax payment dates for the beginning of 2018.  If you will be away, please remember to either pay early or set up the payment in advance be...

RSM World Day 2017

19 September 2017
A day when the independent member firms of the RSM network celebrate our shared values of Understanding, Collaboration and Ideas and Insight – this year, with an innovative twist. September marks ‘Innovation month’ internationally across all RSM member firms, in line with this, RSM New Zealand took the opportunity to mark our global day by...

RSM sponsors the LPGA New Zealand Tour

29 August 2017
Audit, tax and consulting specialists RSM New Zealand have joined the family of sponsors to support next month’s MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open. The event, New Zealand’s richest golf tournament with NZ$1.85 million in prizemoney, will be staged at the new Windross Farm golf course in Auckland from 28 September to 1 October and will ...

7 July vs 31 March - when is your tax return due?

5 July 2017
Did you know that if you use a registered tax agent like RSM New Zealand, you are granted an extension of time to file an income tax return? The most common tax period in New Zealand is from 1 April to 31 March the following year, but are you aware that there are two different deadlines for filing a return? Due 7 July Preparing and filing ...

Trustees - appointment and retirement

9 November 2016
How to retire as a trustee The removal (and appointment) of trustees is most commonly dealt with in accordance with the terms of the trust deed or, where that does not assist, the Trustee Act 1956. However, in some circumstances the assistance of the Court will be required. Accordingly, the first step is to check the trust deed.  While i...

New transfer pricing developments bring new risk for New Zealand multinationals

3 November 2016
The Inland Revenue Department (“IRD”), as we expect, is continuing its work tightening the so called “loopholes” in New Zealand’s (“NZ’s”) current tax regime for multinational enterprises (“MNE’s”). Following continued public and media scrutiny, the IRD have introduced several measures as part of the rollout of the OECD’s ac...

Transfer pricing documentation - are you up to date?

7 September 2016
The August release of the Inland Revenue Department’s (IRD’s) Large Enterprise Update provides some important reminders for New Zealand Multinational Enterprises (MNE’s) of all sizes. Aside from some more technical aspects, the key reminders are the documentation of intercompany loans and a revision of the small value loans safe harbour thres...

Effective law change for related party transactions and transfer pricing documentation

16 August 2016
There has been a lot of commentary regarding the Organisation for Economic Co-ordination and Developments (“OECD”) base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) report. We have all read enough to understand that the proposed amendments to the OECD’s transfer pricing guidelines for multinational enterprises and tax administrations (“the guid...

What are your rights as a trust beneficiary?

4 May 2016
Beneficiaries’ rights to trust information have been challenged in the recent Court of Appeal decision in Erceg v Erceg.   Prior to the Court of Appeal decision in Erceg v Erceg it was settled law in  New Zealand that beneficiaries had a right to trust information. However, this is no longer the case. The new position is that wh...

IRD’s 2015 international questionnaire and basic compliance package

26 April 2016
In February 500 tax payer groups received a letter from the Inland Revenue Department (“IRD”) as part of their basic compliance package (“BCP”) process. The BCP letter requests financial statements and income tax reconciliations for each member of the group, as well as the ownership structure of the entire group. This is part of the IRD...

How to conduct a Trustee meeting?

22 April 2016
Trustees have a duty to review the affairs of a Trust. Holding (at least) an annual trustee meeting can ensure that this duty is satisfied, and is also a useful means to better ensure the proper management of the trust.   However, how should  a trustee meeting be conducted? It is important that all trustees attend the meeting, so ...

Large enterprise focus by the IRD

29 February 2016
The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has this month released their quarterly large enterprise update. Unsurprisingly the update includes some changes to the IR’s focus on transfer pricing. This is without doubt the start of the IR’s response to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. In the February large enterprises upd...

International tax alert : BEPS action plan

24 February 2016
With the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) action plan final reports having been released late in 2015, it’s now time to take note of the potential risks that the plan poses. This article provides an overview of the main risk areas and for this reason we have not provided commentary on all 15 action points. This article is in...

Standard Terms and Conditions - RSM New Zealand

1 June 2018
Please note this document is only applicable to the trading entities RSM New Zealand (Auckland) and RSM New Zealand (Auckland North).  If you are an audit client through RSM Hayes Audit, you will be provided with a separate document outlining your engagement terms STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS RSM New Zealand (Auckland) and RSM New Zeala...