Member tax credit
To help you save, the Government will make an annual contribution towards your KiwiSaver account as long as you are a contributing member aged 18 or over. Member tax credit ceases when the member reaches the age of eligibility for NZ Super (currently 65) or has been a member for 5 years, whichever is the later.
Who gets the member tax credit
- you’re 18 or over, and
- you mainly reside in New Zealand except for:
- a government employee who's serving outside New Zealand, or
- a person who's working overseas:
How much member tax credit you can get
The maximum annual member tax credit you are entitled to is:
- $1,042.86 for periods up to and including 30 June 2011
- $521.43 from 1 July 2011 onwards.
To get the full member tax credit automatically you have to contribute at least $1,042.86 a year. Employer contributions, government contributions and amounts transferred from Australia under the Trans-Tasman retirement savings portability do not count towards eligibility for this credit.
From 1 July 2011 the Government will pay 50 cents for every dollar of member contribution annually up to a maximum payment of $521.43. This means that you must contribute $1,042.86 annually to qualify for the maximum payment of $521.43.
If you contribute less than $1,042.86 from your pay, you can make voluntary contributions to ensure you receive the full member tax credit payment from the Government.
Joining part-way through a year
If you join KiwiSaver part-way through a year (1 July to 30 June), you’ll receive a member tax credit based on the number of days in the year you’ve been a member.
When you turn 18, you’ll receive a member tax credit for the number of days in the year (1 July to 30 June) that you are 18.
When member tax credit is paid
Your KiwiSaver provider will claim the tax credit on your behalf after 1 July each year. You don’t have to do anything. Your member tax credit will appear in your KiwiSaver account within a month of your provider making the claim. Member tax credit ceases when the member reaches the age of eligibility for NZ super (currently 65) and has been a member for at least 5 years.
Your member tax credit does not count as taxable income.
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