Julia Johnston

Direct Dial: +64 3 963 1469
Mobile: 022 513 2160
E-mail: julia.johnston@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I lead the tax team at Saunders & Co, providing businesses and individuals with a full range of tax services.

After finishing top of advanced tax at the University of Canterbury in 2008, I completed my Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Bachelor of Laws and started my career in the tax team at a large international accounting firm in 2009. I then spent some time working in a large corporate recovery team, which provided me with the commercial experience to support my tax work.

In 2012, I moved to work within a nationally recognised tax advisory law firm where I advised individuals, corporates, trusts and other professional advisors, and assisted with all areas of tax law. During this time, I assisted multiple clients through the IRD audit and dispute resolution process, as well as negotiated settlements and requests for remission with IRD. I regularly advised on the tax implications of land transactions and I also further developed my passion for migrant tax issues, advising both inbound and outbound residents on their New Zealand tax obligations.

In 2017, I moved to be a manager in the tax team with a “big 4” international accounting firm where I provided tax services to a wide range of businesses of various sizes, as well as individuals and other professional advisors. I worked on a wide range of issues including GST, land tax, and Inland Revenue risk reviews and tax audits. I was also able to focus more on my passion for migrant tax issues as the leader of the Christchurch based team.

I joined Saunders & Co in late 2018, where I assist clients and their advisors with all of their tax advisory requirements. I spend a lot of time working with our immigration team, advising migrants and employers of migrants, of their tax obligations in the complex area of international tax. I enjoy assisting new migrants and corporates to structure their affairs, and ensure they are compliant with the New Zealand tax laws, without paying more tax than they need to. This provides me with a solid background into my client’s affairs which enables me to continue to advise on the many other areas of tax laws once they are established in New Zealand. This enables my client to have continuity of care, no matter what the tax issue might be.

I pride myself in my ability to work with my client’s current advisory team when assisting with all tax work. While I can work independently, where you have an active advisor with background knowledge of your affairs it is my preference to work with them. I strongly believe that a collaborative approach between advisor and tax specialist can lead to a quicker and more favourable outcome.

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