Monthly Archives: October 2016

How Geoff Cone Helps New Zealanders

Geoff Cone is a global attorney who works with families across the world who want to move to different destinations. There are many ways in which he can help them but he mostly advises them on the different taxes of the countries that they are planning to move to. This means that he has to learn a lot about the countries to be able to help people know where to move.

New Zealand is one of the countries that Geoff Cone comes across very frequently. He helps people who are making the decision to move to the country in that he advises them of different things when it comes to the country. He wants to make sure that people are aware of the taxes in the country and the different laws that they have for the taxes. He helps people to understand how New Zealand works with the taxes.

The country is one that participates in tax transparency. This means that they are totally open to all things taxes and they always advise their citizens on what the different taxes will be on a yearly basis. They also open up their taxes for other countries to look at so they can have an idea of what New Zealand is using the taxes for. This has allowed the country to have more success with their taxes and has allowed their citizens to put a higher level of trust in the country and what the government is doing for them.

Some people seem to think that New Zealand is a tax-free country. This is a misconception that needs to stop because it is causing people to move there and be disappointed. The people have probably confused tax transparency with tax havens. New Zealand is not a tax-free country and they have worked hard to fight this misconception. There are many things that the country does but having a country that does not have a tax system is not one of the benefits to the way that New Zealand works and to the citizens of the country that they are in.

Tax-free countries do exist, though. These are countries that have only a small amount of taxes for people to pay or that don’t have any taxes for their people to pay. The countries are all compiled into one list on a yearly basis. Geoff Cone helps to make this list and he wants people to know that they can get what they need from a tax-free country. He encourages all of his clients who are planning on making a move to a different country to check out the tax haven list for a great place for them to be able to move to.

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Bustle Tries Wen’s Cleansing Conditioner Treatment

Emily McClure at Bustle was set on a mission to go forth and try Wen’s Cleansing Conditioner to see what all the fuss was about. She learned some worthy information all while getting her hair in tip top shape.

McClure’s first few days using the no shampoo method, this is needed for the cleansing conditioner to work, were a bit rough. She felt her roots were oily and despite the effervescent shine her hair gave off, it just felt limp. By mid week, her attitude seemed to have come full circle. She even received numerous compliments from friends after a night out. “Your hair is so shiny!” One of them stated.

While Wen’s cleansing conditioner product seems to weigh down straight fine hair, like McClure’s, it’s still able to protect and nourish hair whether it’s dyed often or frequently subjected to a straightener and curling iron. The 10 dollops from the dispenser may seem like a lot, even if you have short hair, but it’s necessary. There is no shampoo involved when using the cleansing conditioner so your hair needs the protection.

The Wen product line is meant for any hair texture and style out there. Chaz Dean created the cleansing conditioner for those that want to awaken their hair’s hidden potential. Wen by Chaz is revolutionizing hair care products around the country. It all started when Chaz Dean left photography to become hair stylist to the stars, his love of photography is what inspired him to treat hair and show the rest of us how to achieve the tresses of our dreams. Now working in his salon called “Chaz Dean Studio” he is able to give what celebrities call a “haven” specifically because it keeps out paparazzi and prying eyes. Chaz Dean sells Wen, exclusively on high end cosmetics stores like Sephora and online merchants including Guthy-Renker, Amazon ( and eBay to name a few.

To learn more, check out the brand’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

This article was originally posted on Bustle and can be read here.


Geoffrey Cone Has Many Reasons Why New Zealand Is Not A Tax Haven

Even though recent media coverage has painted New Zealand as a place full of wealthy people making complex financial deals and living an ultra-plush life, the truth is much more boring. The truth is that, contrary to popular belief, New Zealand is not a tax haven.

As lawyer Geoffrey Cone points out, the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) maintains a list of worldwide tax havens. New Zealand is not one of them and will likely never be. A tax haven is characterized by the lack of imposition of taxes or the imposition of only nominal taxes. There is also a lack of transparency and there are typically laws in place that inhibit any exchange of information with other national governments.

Under those characteristics, New Zealand does not qualify as a tax haven. Nor do they have a secretive private banking industry. The country was one of the first countries to be placed on the OECD’s white list for having significantly implementing the agreed tax standard.

New Zealand has shown leadership in tax transparency in the way it handles foreign trusts and requirements needed by trustees. All of these factors work towards the assistance in helping other governments requesting information.

After serious consultation, new rules were implemented in 2006. Because of these new rules, a resident trustee of a foreign trust must submit a Foreign Trust Disclosure form to the IRD and to also keep records for New Zealand tax purposes. These records include the trust deed, details of assets and liabilities, settlements and distributions and money the trustee receives or spends. If the trust is carried on a business, that trustee must keep additional information, including records regarding accounting and charts of the account.

All of the records are kept in New Zealand, recorded in English, and anyone failing to follow these rules is subject to penalties. These rules and power were enhanced even more in 2011 with the passing of world standard money laundering legislation.

New Zealand also has 39 double tax agreements to reduce tax obstructions, over 20 tax information exchange agreements and has also now signed up to a multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. New Zealand is furthest from being of a tax haven.

This enlightening information was provided by Geoffrey Cone, a New Zealand lawyer. He graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a post graduate degree in tax and trust law. He began practicing law in 1980 and eventually found himself a partner and the Chairman of Partners in a leading law firm. At that practice he specialized in commercial litigation, as well as tax and trust advisory work.

After being a litigator in the British West Indies for two years, he returned to New Zealand in 1997. In 1999, he created his own practice, called Cone Marshall Limited. His practice is the only one in New Zealand that specializes exclusively in international trust and tax planning. It also provides trust management services through its associated companies.

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THE EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH, otherwise known as the EOS, is but one of many wonderful and uniquely one of a kind products for health and beauty….and overall appearance of fashion! It is truly taking the country by force! is the place to go.
Why is THE EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH such an appealing and catchy—-not to mention insanely successful—-business? Well, there are many reasons to that. The greatest reason I would say is due to their wide variety of products and their catchy colors….and that is only one reason to delve in!

Whether you are a new and inexperienced ‘novice’ to the world of lip balms and their delightful sensations….or you are already a more seasoned veteran in these matters, lip balm offers a wonderful world of pleasure unlike any other to compare with it on this earth! I highly encourage you to start exploring it, whether you are young or old….or even male or female! There is much to win and nothing to lose!

According to THE EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH, I do quote that:
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We can therefore see that much is offered from these types of products. There is indeed much to learn from, much to enjoy, and much to further explore….oh yes, and the benefits and pleasures are for a life time itself!

Ball roller lip balm forms are all the rage these days as well, carrying lip balm in a comfortable and convenient fashion which is both playful and vibrant to both see and be seen with/in. EOS products are available for online purchase via and Ulta.


Dick DeVos’s Foundation Has Been Helping Children In Michigan Afford Better Education

Dick DeVos, along with his wife Betsy started a foundation over 20 years ago that has supported a lot of non-profit groups in Grand Rapids Michigan. Dick and Betsy have been prominent political activists and advocates of social changes, and Education may be the greatest area of change they’ve focused on in contributions. According to Philanthropy Roundtable, visits to a local private school, Potter’s House, prompted the desire to help struggling families afford private schools, and so they began several programs to help fund scholarships for these students, as well as helping pass legislation that would grant school of choice. Much of Dick DeVos’s philanthropy stems from values that his family has held since he was young.


Dick is the son of Richard DeVos, and the brother of Daniel, Doug and Cherri DeVos. Richard DeVos founded a direct selling company that became Amway Corporation, a seller and distributor of household products, personal care products, and other consumer goods. This company would be where Dick and his brothers would all start out their careers. Richard DeVos held true to a philosophy of generosity and strong ethics, values that Dick would come to embrace as he grew up. Dick stayed at Amway for almost 30 years, and when he became CEO the company would grow its sales overseas and open up new offices in the Asian and Pacific territories. Dick DeVos also was CEO of the Orlando Magic after his family bought them in the early 90s, and today he runs an alternative investment company called The Windquest Group.


Outside of business, Dick DeVos became involved in helping rebuild and adding new commercial developments to the city of Grand Rapids, and through the Grand Action Committee, Grand Rapids built a sports arena, Marriott Hotel, an art museum, and extension campuses for Grand Valley State University. In addition to starting up the Education Freedom Fund for child scholarships, Dick also helped found the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter school that instructs young people in aviation courses. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation also supports heritage and family associations, children’s hospitals, local churches, and several colleges and universities.