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About us

At Sawden Tax & Accounting we pride ourselves on being friendly and accessible. As accounting and tax specialists -Chartered Accountants - our business is helping you make your business successful. If you succeed, we succeed!

Located in East Auckland close to Pakuranga, Howick, Botany, East Tamaki, Highbrook, St Heliers and Mt Wellington, we are committed to providing a wide range of practical accounting services for today's economic environment. We have over 50 years combined experience in New Zealand to help you realise your goals. Year after year we receive an IRD Certificate of Achievement for filing 100% of our clients income tax returns - we look after our clients and have a good working relationship with the IRD.

We are well aware of the never ending changes to tax rates and dates so we are pleased to provide you with a free Tax Facts brochure which outlines key rates and dates for the upcoming tax year.

With BizPal we provide you with a
fixed price accounting package that utilises the power of the internet based Xero accounting service - Cloud accounting.

Whatever your needs, we can help find the solutions. Our website is one important link in that process so please browse our site and contact us for more information.


Business History
Business History

1973: D. J. Sawden & Associates is formed by Don Sawden and begins trading from Ellerslie

1975: Business moves to Newmarket

1979: Business moves to current location in Panmure at 2 Kings Road

1994: Adele Haunui joined the business

2002: Howard Dalzell joined the business

2003: Csilla Weiser joined the business

2008: Sawden  &  Associates  Ltd formed

2014: Don Sawden retires

2014: Howard Dalzell takes over the business

Chartered Accountants
Chartered Accountants

Chartered Accountants are experts on the latest business and tax issues and are committed to excellence. Engaging a Chartered Accountant is a smart investment and your assurance of experience and expertise. Getting the right advice can mean the difference between success and failure. As Chartered Accountants we are members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and are governed by their rules and regulations.

Anyone can call themselves an accountant and they do not need to have any accounting qualifications - they may have bought an accounting franchise or started up their own accounting business from home.


However only a Chartered Accountant:


· Is Qualified & trained for a minimum of seven years to achieve their qualification

· Is  required to undertake mandatory professional development training

· bound by code of ethics and required to adhere to professional standards

· Is Required to have Professional Indemnity Insurance so clients get paid if mistakes        happen (For non Chartered Accountants you may need to apply to the small claims tribunal)

· Is subject to disciplinary procedures - your complaints are looked into by CA ANZ

· Is subject to audit of their work papers & files

Changing Accountants
Changing Accountants

If your accountant is not delivering the service you expect then it's time for a change. Change is easy and we will do all the hard work for you:

Step 1
Call us to discuss your current requirements and any business issues or concerns you may have.


Step 2
Give us your permission in writing to obtain a copy of your accounting and tax records and to deal with Inland Revenue on your behalf. This is done simply by signing our Engagement Letter which you can download from Resources page or contact us and we will send you one.


Step 3
We will write to your current accountant of your intention to change and ask for a copy of your accounting and tax records.


It's that simple!


Some common concerns:  

Will the IRD be concerned if you change accountants?
No. Changing accountants is a normal part of business life.

Will your previous accountant send you an invoice to handover your documents to us?
Your outgoing accountant may charge you for their time in gathering the needed information for your new accountant but usually they won't. We don't!

What about the Companies Office records?
Once we have received your accounting and tax records from your prior accountant we will advise the Companies Office of the change of registered office.

What is the difference between a Chartered Accountant and an Accountant?
Anyone can call themselves an accountant. They may have purchased an accounting franchise or simply set themselves up at home to make extra money. A chartered accountant is a member of Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and must comply with CAANZ's complex rules and regulations.


This firm relies on satisfied clients as the primary source of new business, and your referrals are both welcomed and most sincerely appreciated! Many satisfied clients have referred friends, extended family and business associates to our services. We believe that a personal recommendation carries far more weight than an anonymous flier or an advertisement in the paper.


To recognise your support, we have devised a referral plan to thank you. Our referral system is a simple and easy - you refer us to a new client resulting in a bill for the preparation of accounts, tax returns or any other services and we reduce your accounting and tax bill - it's that easy.

For every new client that you recommend to us, resulting in a bill, we will give you a one off $100 discount on your next bill. If you refer two new clients we will give you a one off $200 discount on your next bill - it all adds up.


Download our easy to read brochure (below) setting out our referral system that will help you reduce your accounting and tax cost.              


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