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From time to time changes may occur that impact on your obligations or entitlements. Learn about the impact of these changes and any new services or assistance that you can access.
Date publishedTitle and description
01 July 2019 GST on low-value imported goods
  Changes to New Zealand’s GST rules affect overseas businesses that sell goods to New Zealand.
31 May 2019 Working for Families Tax Credits payments Queen's birthday weekend.
  The upcoming Working for Families payment will not be affected by the public holiday.
17 May 2019 Pre-Budget announcements
  Two pre-Budget 2019 tax announcements were made by the Government today.
02 May 2019 Update to WfFTC payment day
  From the end of April, the day you receive Working for Families Tax Credits payments will change.
05 April 2019 Franklin, Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel storm impacts
  We're aware that the recent storms may cause financial issues for farmers and understand it is likely to affect income for the 2017 and 2018 income tax years.
03 April 2019 Christchurch terror attack – support for customers
  We've set up a support line for customers affected by the terror attacks in Christchurch.
20 March 2019 Assistance for farmers and growers affected by drought
  If you’re facing financial difficulty because of the drought in Marlborough, Buller and Nelson you may be able to use our income equalisation scheme discretions.
26 February 2019 Working in exchange for accommodation
  There could be tax implications for providing accommodation in exchange for casual work.
22 February 2019 Refunds of overpaid ACC levies
  ACC are refunding over 300,000 business customers for historical overpayment issues.
12 February 2019 Tasman District farmers and growers affected by recent wildfire and drought
  Farmers and growers facing financial difficulty because of the wildfire or drought may be able to use our income equalisation scheme discretions.
25 January 2019 Proposed bloodstock changes for standout yearlings
  A proposed policy allows income tax deductions for new investors in standout yearlings purchased with the intention to breed for profit.
18 December 2018 IR's response to the SSC’s inquiry into the use of external security consultants
  Earlier this year, concerns surfaced about the use of the external security consultants by Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited (SRES).
31 July 2018 New kilometre rates for motor vehicles
  Do you use a car for your business? The kilometre rates for business use of a motor vehicle have been updated for the 2017/18 income year.
19 June 2018 Gisborne flood impacts
  On Tuesday 12 June, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor and Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri declared the floods that affected the Tolaga Bay area of Gisborne and surrounding areas to be a medium-scale adverse event.
17 May 2018 Budget 2018 announcements
  The government has announced Budget allocations to the IRD for 2018
15 May 2018 Families Package - what's changing?
  Comprehensive package to provide more support to low and middle income households introduced into Parliament.
10 May 2018 Filing dates due for provisional tax using AIM
  Filing dates are coming up for small businesses wanting to use the accounting income method (AIM).
11 April 2018 Extension of the bright-line test for residential property
  From 29 March 2018 the bright-line test that is used to determine if you have tax to pay on the sale of residential property has changed.
09 March 2018 2018 Tax Refund txt message campaign
  This page is to provide supporting information to those customers who would’ve received a text message during the week 12 – 26 March 2018
05 March 2018 Cyclone Gita impact on farmers in Taranaki and Tasman Districts
  The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities, Damien O’Connor, has declared the Taranaki and parts of the Tasman District to be a medium-scale adverse event due to the damage caused by ex-cyclone Gita.
26 February 2018 Free online training on employer obligations and rights from MBIE
  You can now learn about your responsibilities and rights as an employer through a free interactive website. The website has been created by Employment New Zealand, which is part of MBIE.
18 January 2018 Latest drought impacts
  The Primary Industries Minister Damien O’Connor has declared the Southland region, Queenstown Lakes district, Central Otago district and Clutha district droughts a medium-scale adverse event. This is an extension on the drought conditions declared in the Taranaki, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington and West Coast of the South Island last week.
29 November 2017 Features of our new-look IR homepage
  Welcome to our new-look homepage!
20 November 2017 Changes to tertiary funding from 2018
  The Government has announced proposals to introduce one year of fees-free tertiary education and a $50 a week increase to student allowances and living cost loans.
14 June 2017 Kaikoura earthquakes relief provisions for depreciation recovery income
  The Government has introduced relief provisions for depreciation recovered from insurance and compensation payments as a result of the Kaikoura earthquakes.
09 May 2017 Update your bank account details
  Make sure you get prompt payments by updating your bank account.
18 April 2017 Recent floods in the Bay of Plenty
  If you've been affected by the recent floods, we're able to take a realistic and flexible approach in these circumstances.
18 April 2017 Paying contractors or working as a contractor?
  Budget 2016 has introduced some business tax changes that will come in to effect on 1 April 2017.
07 February 2017 Northland drought impacts
  If you have been affected by the drought and are struggling to deal with your tax affairs, contact us sooner rather than later so we can help.
16 November 2016 Recent earthquakes in New Zealand
  If you've been affected by the recent earthquakes, we know that tax won't be front of mind for you right now.
14 October 2016 Electronic signatures standard now available
  This standard provides guidelines on the use of electronic signatures on documentation and information provided to IR.
05 October 2016 Non-resident businesses supplying remote services
  Non-resident businesses meeting the GST criteria are expected to charge and return GST on any remote (including online) services they supply to customers who reside in New Zealand.
26 August 2016 Recent gastroenteritis outbreak in Hawke's Bay
  If you’ve been affected by the gastroenteritis outbreak, we know that tax won’t be front of mind for you right now.
04 July 2016 Employee share schemes (ESS)
  Employers can provide benefits to employees in the form of employee share schemes (ESS).
23 June 2016 Audio of a phishing scam claiming to be Inland Revenue
  New Zealanders are warned about a spate of scam phone callers pretending to be from Inland Revenue and trying to recover unpaid taxes.
08 December 2015 Assistance for farmers affected by the dairy price downturn
  We're aware the dairy price downturn may cause financial issues for dairy farmers and will materially affect some farmers’ financial position for the 2015-16 income tax year.