What We Do

The team at Sumpter Baughen are equipped to help you grow a strong, successful business. Providing high quality accounting services and expert advice that helps increase profit, protect assets and gain real results is what we do best.

Tax Compliance

Tax compliance doesn't have to be difficult. We can help.

Everyone in business has to prepare and file taxation returns but at Sumpter Baughen, we offer more than just preparation of annual financial statements and taxation returns.We'll help you understand the tax planning process, so you can get to know your business better. You'll also benefit from expert financial management and tax advice that will help you grow your business, and gain an edge over your competition and ultimately get more out of the process.

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We’ll work with you to:

  • Help understand your business better
  • Compare one year to the next
  • See trends
  • Make management decisions going forward
  • Improve your cash-flow
  • Increase profit
  • See where the money went
  • Value your business
  • Plan for the future by analysing the past
  • Increase your wealth
  • Improve your lifestyle – as a result of the above

Our tax compliance services include:

  • Tax planning
  • Preparation of financial accounts
  • End-of-year tax services
  • Tax return preparation
  • GST returns
  • Payroll

Better relationships mean better results

Anyone giving you advice on how to run your business should know your business inside out. That’s why we take the time to get to know you and your business, by visiting you at your premises, and being accessible to you whenever you need us. By building a closer relationship with you, you’ll get better advice, leading to greater business success.


Upfront price & schedule

As with any service, you’ll want to know how much it costs, and how long it’s going to take. With Sumpter Baughen, you’ll get an upfront price and schedule so you can avoid an escalating bill at tax time.

Corporate Governance

Is your organisation taking advantage of the opportunities that come from good governance? Just as importantly, are you avoiding the risks of bad governance?

Strong corporate governance is a platform for business success and growth. A good corporate governance structure will let your organisation operate more effectively, more competitively, and more profitably. It will protect you when times are tough, and provide more opportunities for future growth.

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If you’d like to take advantage of the opportunities provided by implementing a good corporate governance structure, we can help you.


Corporate governance training & consultancy

Corporate governance training and consultancy can involve any or all of the following:

  • Reviewing and advising you on your organisation’s financial position
  • Helping you define a clear and effective management structure
  • Advising the Board of Directors on their roles and responsibilities
  • Helping you run effective Board of Directors meetings
  • Keeping accurate, well organised accounting records
  • Assisting organisations in financial trouble to get ‘back on track’

Who we help with corporate governance training

It’s not just large commercial ventures that benefit from corporate governance training. In fact, the help we offer in this area is equally useful to:

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Not-for-profit organisations and charities
  • Iwi runanga and Maori organisations
  • Sports clubs and community organisations

What is good corporate governance?

Good corporate governance is all about professionalism. It’s about structuring and running your organisation in a way that will protect you from risk, maximise opportunities for growth, and allow you to achieve your organisational objectives.

Good governance encompasses every aspect of your organisation, from Directors to employees to shareholders, and from day-to-day operations to strategic plans.

Whether you are in the commercial or not-for-profit sector, good corporate governance will result in a more successful organisation.

Maori Organisation and Iwi Services

Sound financial advice is critical to the success of any organisation, and Maori organisations are no different.

With Sumpter Baughen, you'll enjoy the quality of service and advice that you'd expect from any major international accounting firm and also benefit from our deep understanding of Maori issues at local pricing.

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Our specialist accountants assist Maori organisations such as:

  • lwi runanga
  • Maori farming incorporations
  • Maori trusts
  • Maori businesses


Our Maori accounting team provides the following services:

  • Post settlement governance entity structures and options
  • Tax compliance services
  • Financial management
  • Governance training and consultancy
  • Strategic advice and planning
  • Succession planning
  • Business and investment reviews
  • Debt forecasting

Unrivalled service and advice

Our specialist Maori accountants are highly skilled and can offer your organisation an unrivalled level of service. They offer expert advice with an intrinsic understanding of iwi governance, strategy, post settlement governance entity structures and investment options.

Sarah Kessell, Partner at Sumpter Baughen and head of the specialist Maori accounting services team, is passionate about helping Maori organisations succeed.

Our local knowledge, combined with extremely high quality advice, makes Sumpter Baughen the first choice of Maori organisations when it comes to their specialist accounting needs.

Specialised Advisory Services

You can call on us to assess and assist when you or your business is under pressure.

When it comes to complex business issues or decisions it can be hard to know where to begin. Often, having someone external to the company explore matters is the most beneficial way to gain direction and move forward.

Sumpter Baughen's highly qualified team can assess the situation, advise a strategic plan of attack and help execute the delivery.

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We’ll help you:

  • Effectively manage IRD audits, investigations and disputes
  • Make sense of income tax, PAYE, ACC, FBT, GST and gift duty
  • Save on tax and protect your assets
  • Structure your business for growth, sustainability and success
  • Craft an exit strategy
  • Turn dreams into reality when you decide to purchase a business
  • Develop a wealth plan

We provide specialist tax consultancy and advice to:

  • Business owners
  • Accounting firms and law practices
  • Finance departments & CFOs
  • Boards of Directors
  • And you, our clients

Bank finance proposals

We’re experienced in the art of bank finance proposals and we can help you with yours. Our previous work in this area ranges from personal loan applications, to proposals for new multi-million dollar commercial buildings, and everything in between.

Expert tax consultant and advisors

Tax legislation in New Zealand is highly complex and regularly updated. Staying on top of changes in the industry requires a lifelong commitment to tax, and we can offer you exactly that.

Our decades of experience and proven track record of success in dealing with the IRD, you can be sure you’re getting the very best tax advice from us.

Steve Ganley, Partner at Sumpter Baughen is one of New Zealand’s leading tax specialists. His 15 years with the IRD as a tax inspector and time working for one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms means he has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex and difficult tax issues.

New business opportunities

When you have an idea for a new business, or you’re thinking of buying an existing business, come and talk to us first. We’ll help you decide how best to implement your ideas, and how to structure your business for future success.

IRD disputes

Navigating tax legislation can be a minefield. Sumpter Baughen can negotiate on your behalf with the Inland Revenue Department over a range of tax issues.

Our success in this area is due largely in part to our in-depth understanding of tax legislation and vast experience with the IRD.

Farm Accounting and Agribusiness

In an industry where the seeds you plant today are the crop of tomorrow, solid financial advice now is essential for a successful future.

At Sumpter Baughen, our farm accounting specialists didn't just read about agribusiness in a book, they actually come from farming backgrounds. They'll understand your business, and your unique accounting needs.

We take time to get to know your individual farm, so you'll get tailored advice to lead you towards a financially secure future.

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Our farm accounting services include:

  • Farm tax compliance
  • Financial reporting
  • Specialist agribusiness financial advice, including:
  • Financial management
  • Strategic planning
  • Succession planning
  • Farm sale and purchase
  • Agribusiness structuring and re-structuring
  • Tax minimisation
  • Asset protection


Farming is in our blood

Brenda Smith, Partner at Sumpter Baughen was born and raised on a Northland farm. With farming in her blood, she is passionate about helping you succeed and grow your business.

Coming from a farming background also means we understand your industry better than most. You won’t need to waste time explaining agribusiness terminology to us, and you can rest assured we’re already familiar with your market and the unique challenges you face as a farmer.

Farm tax specialists

With farming clients all over Northland, we are one of the area’s foremast specialists in farm tax. Our clients include dairy, beef, sheep and crop farmers, so we’re well versed in the specific financial and tax issues associated with your farming business.

We’ll come to you

Farms don’t run themselves, and we know it difficult for you to come and see us. So we’re more than happy to visit you on the farm to discuss your accounts, and review your annual financial statements. Visiting your farm also means we can understand your business better, and give you more tailored advice as a result.

Commercial Property Management

Managing your commercial property doesn’t have to be stressful. Let us take the pain out of commercial leasing, and ensure you maximise your assets whilst minimising risk.

Our Northland-wide commercial property management services provide you with an end-to-end solution. We can help you with commercial lease agreements, tenancy management, building maintenance and commercial property accounting.

Maintaining a positive relationship with your commercial tenants ensures the best outcomes for everyone. With our proactive commercial leasing consultants by your side, you can be sure your commercial property will be well maintained, fully compliant with regulations, and any tenancy, rent or building issues dealt with promptly.

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Comprehensive commercial property management service includes:

  • Commercial lease agreements
  • Building WOFs and compliance plans
  • Bank finance negotiations
  • Contractor procurement for repairs and maintenance
  • Building valuations and commercial rent reviews
  • Limited partnership management
  • Rent collection and commercial tenancy management
  • Accounting and invoicing of expenses to tenants

Regular updates about your commercial property

  • You’ll receive regular updates about your building
  • You’ll be kept fully up to date about your tenancies
  • Your tenants will be able to contact us easily by phone or email so their queries or concerns can be dealt with promptly.

Experienced commercial property management team

Our experienced team, led by Peter Hill and Brenda Smith, regularly meet with banks, real estate agents and builders to stay up to date with commercial property issues. Our well planned and meticulously organised approach helps our clients achieve great returns from their commercial rental properties.


Wide range of commercial properties managed

Here at Sumpters, we manage all sorts of commercial and industrial properties throughout Whangarei and Northland. The property assets we manage vary greatly in size and building use, so whatever type of commercial property you have, we can help you.


Fixed price commercial property management

Hate surprises? We’re not surprised! Ask us about fixed price commercial property management, so you can budget effectively, with no surprises.

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