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Child support is a payment made by a parent who doesn't live with their child. Our Child Support area collects this money and pays it to the person who cares for your child, or to the Government if the person looking after the child receives a sole parent benefit.
Glossary of tax-related terminology used in this site.
GST is an extra charge which is added as an indirect tax to the cost of most goods and services in New Zealand. It's a tax on consumption and is ultimately paid by the consumer or end user.
You can contact us a number of ways: through our website, through INFOexpress, by phone or in writing. Remember to keep your IRD number handy.
The IR330 is a form for employees to select their tax code for a particular job. There is a flowchart on the form to help you work out your tax code.
An IRD number is a unique identification number from Inland Revenue. You need to have your IRD number handy every time you deal with us.
KiwiSaver is a voluntary work-based savings initiative to help you with your long-term saving for retirement. It's designed to be hassle-free so it's easy to maintain a regular savings pattern.
If you don't want to deal with us you can authorise another person (a "nominated person") to do it. You tell us their full name, their IRD number, which matters you want them to deal with, and how long you want the arrangement to last.
Links to online calculators, as well as online and downloadable returns, forms and guides referred to in this site.
Income tax is money taken out of your earnings. Unless you're self-employed, your employer takes out the income tax before you get paid. Income tax helps to fund the government's activities. How much you pay depends on your income. If you pay too much you may get a refund, not enough and you may have to pay the balance to us.
A personal tax summary shows your income and the amount of tax your employer has paid to us for the income year, letting you know if you've paid the right amount,need to pay more, or are due a refund.
A tax credit is a reduction of the total tax you need to pay, calculated at the end of the income year. This may lead to a refund.
A refund is the repayment of a credit balance in your income tax account. Credit balances can be caused by tax credits or by overpayment of tax during the year.
The student loan scheme allows students to take out a loan with the Government while they are studying at tertiary institutions, like universities and polytechnics. The loan is to help students pay compulsory fees, course-related costs and living expenses.
A summary of earnings (SOE) shows all of your income from employment, benefits and schedular payments (formerly withholding payments) for the year. Your employer or benefit payer has sent us this information.
If you have to pay tax on your income you need to select the appropriate tax code from the Tax code declaration (IR330) so that your employer takes out tax at the correct rate.
Your tax code tells your employer how much money to take out of your income. If you need a tax code but don't have one, you'll be taxed at a much higher rate.
At the end of each income year IR3 taxpayers fill in an Individual income tax return (IR3) and send it to us. This tells us what their income was during the year, how much tax they paid on their income and whether they owe tax or get a refund.
Working for Families Tax Credits are an entitlement for eligible families with children to help with day-to-day living costs. All payments are made to the principal child carer.
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