Tax debts don't arrive as a surprise. Normally, there is a long build-up where other debts have been paid ahead of IRD. The best possible advice you can get it to face up to the issue as early as possible and start talking to IRD. That will give you peace of mind and a solution. You can negotiate an instalment arrangement with IRD online using your MyIR portal.
Once you are threatened with legal proceedings to collect a tax debt or have been served with legal papers you really need the help of a tax lawyer on top of your accountant. This is because only a lawyer can represent you in court. You will still be wanting to negotiate a settlement with Inland Revenue and the earlier that you involve a tax lawyer in that the better. Part of any settlement will involve you and your business becoming tax compliant. A useful site for checking your small business tax compliance is available on the business.govt.nz website
There are solutions
It can seem overwhelming when Inland Revenue is chasing you for unpaid debt. But there are options like write-offs and these need to be considered and applied for where appropriate.
Why get James involved?
James has negotiated numerous tax settlements for clients. He is well known to Inland Revenue staff and respected. Consequently, you get the benefit of his integrity and reputation when James represents you.