“Hello, Tax Rat here, how can I help you?”

The Tax Rat is a tax agency that offers a high quality service at very affordable prices. Our emphasis is on you, the client, and attending to your individual needs.

Every Client is Different

The Tax Rat was set up in 2003 by David Whitehead after he had spent several years as an Investigator with the Inland Revenue Department in Auckland. (Click on the ‘Profile’ button if you would like to learn more about his background.)

During his time at the IRD, David witnessed at first hand the level of help being offered by many accountants to their clients. Often this was at a time of greatest need, i.e. when they were undergoing the stress of an IRD audit. He knew that he could provide something better. David's philosophy is to provide you, the client, with a quality service where you receive the individual attention you deserve.

The Tax Rat guarantees to be polite, friendly and respectful at all times. We will work closely with you and provide as much support as you need to make sure you gain the maximum benefit from our partnership.

Come and talk to us for nothing!

The Tax Rat offers you an initial, free, one-hour consultation so we can meet and find out about each other without any pressures or pre-conditions. Choosing the right tax agent is an important decision. We think it matters that you find someone you feel comfortable with and that you can trust.

You can take advantage of this free consultation and use it to get advice on any aspect of your business or tax affairs; without any obligation for future involvement. For our ongoing support and professional services, we are confident you will find our rates highly competitive.

What do I have to do?

New Zealand prides itself on its number of entrepreneurs. But for many, starting up a new business can be a very daunting affair. There are questions of structure (is trading as a company or sole-trader better, for example), record keeping and tax registrations; just for starters.

We will provide answers to all of these questions and many more. In addition we will guide you through the whole process of starting your business, holding your hand every step of the way. With our help, your business will be up and running in no time at all. Whether you are a tradesman, a property investor, a business mogul or have a full-time job and simply want to know if you are due a tax refund; we can help.


Accountants have a tendency to use a lot of jargon.; which is fine if you happen to speak the language, but tends to produce blank, glazed expressions in everyone else. Here at Tax Rat, we promise to use plain English, so you can actually understand us. Our policy is to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions for yourself. We are happy to offer full explanations to any and all questions you may have and we will certainly provide all the support you need; but any decisions must be made by you.

The Enemy?

There’s no need to be afraid of the IRD.

At the Tax Rat, we specialise in all matters relating to tax. From GST and FBT, to annual income tax and imputation returns, you will rest at ease in the sure knowledge you are complying with all of your statutory obligations. We also provide our clients with timely reminders detailing how much has to be paid and when.

If you have already fallen behind with your tax returns or even your payments, we will talk with IRD on your behalf. We have an excellent track record in negotiating settlements and even getting clients full write-offs of all sums owed.

And there’s more . . .

The Tax Rat offers many services in addition to specialist tax advice, including:

Business Advice. Making sure you run your business the best way for you.

Company Formations. Making certain you comply with all the relevant laws.

Debt Recovery. Assisting you to keep control of your accounts receivable.

Family or Trading Trusts. Full set-up and trustee services provided.

Why not contact us to take advantage of a free initial consultation?

Everything to gain, and nothing to lose.