What is withholding tax?
Withholding tax is tax that's deducted from interest you earn on your Kiwibank accounts. Types of withholding tax include Resident Withholding Tax (RWT) and Non-Resident Withholding Tax (NRWT). We pay the withholding tax we deduct from interest you earn directly to Inland Revenue.
RWT is tax that's deducted from interest you earn if you're a New Zealand tax resident. If RWT applies to you and you have provided your IRD number to us, you can choose the RWT rate you would like us to use - for more information, visit ird.govt.nz. If we don't have your ID number, any interest earned on your accounts will be deducted at the non-declaration rate of 45%. You can check or add your IRD number through our mobile app or internet banking. If you don't know your IRD number or need to apply for one, visit ird.govt.nz, or call IRD on 0800 227 774.
If you've provided us with your IRD number, you won't be sent an end of year RWT certificate from us. Information about your interest earned is available on your myIR account. If you haven't provided us with your IRD number, we'll still provide you with a tax certificate. If you'd like an RWT certificate from us, you can request one by contacting us on 0800 113 355 or from overseas +64 4 473 1133.
If you have RWT-exempt status, this will be shown on an online register on Inland Revenue’s website. If Inland Revenue issued you an RWT exemption certificate previously, you should automatically appear on the register (unless your exemption has been cancelled, expired or been revoked). We'll continue to treat you as RWT exempt if you've already provided us a copy of your exemption certificate and you appear on the exemption register.
If you've recently received an RWT-exempt status from Inland Revenue and would like us to apply the exemption to your accounts, you can call us on 0800 113 355 or from overseas +64 4 473 1133. You'll need to provide your IRD number so we can confirm your exemption status against the register before applying the exemption. If you don't appear on the register, we won't be able to apply exempt status to your account.
NRWT is tax that's deducted from interest you earn if you're not a New Zealand tax resident. The NRWT rate will depend on the country of tax residence that you advise us.
If you're a non-resident, you can choose to have Approved Issuer Levy (AIL) deducted instead of NRWT. Learn more about AIL at ird.govt.nz.
What is Prescribed Investor Rate (PIR)?
If you have a Notice Saver, PIE Term Deposit, PIE Online Call or a KiwiSaver account you'll have a Prescribed Investor Rate (PIR) – this is the rate of tax you pay on PIE income earned and may be different to your resident withholding tax (RWT) rate.
We can’t give you tax advice, so we can’t tell you which PIR you should select. It’s your responsibility to choose your PIR and let us know any changes.
The information below is intended as a general guide only. For tax advice relating to your specific circumstances, you should contact Inland Revenue or a tax professional.
Working out your PIR (individual & joint investors1)
Your PIR will depend on your worldwide income for the last two income years. Generally, an income year runs from 1 April to 31 March. You can find your previous years' PIE income on your PIE tax certificate.
If in either of the last two income years:
Your PIR will be:
If your income calculation above for each of the last two income years results in two different PIRs, you can choose the lower PIR for the current year.
Joint account holders are treated as one account holder and the PIR applied to the account is the highest PIR of any joint account holder.
1 Excludes individuals who are a trustee of a trust. If you're investing as a trust, company, charity, incorporated society or other form of entity please refer to ird.govt.nz or seek advice from a tax professional.
How to check or update your RWT / PIR
You can do this using our mobile app, internet banking or by giving us a call. Contact your KiwiSaver provider to check or update your KiwiSaver account PIR.
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