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New Tax Thresholds in 2024 Budget

  Jun 05, 2024


New Tax Thresholds in 2024 Budget

The New Zealand government has unveiled its 2024 Budget with a core election promise delivered regarding tax relief of $2.57b through bracket adjustments. 

With an adjustment to income brackets, tax rates remain the same, but the thresholds are raised.

The Budget stated that 1.9 million households would benefit from the overall relief package by an average of $30 a week. Households with children would benefit by $39 a week on average.

The Independent Earner Tax Credit is being expanded, with the upper limit for eligibility rising from an income of $48,000 to $70,000, with amounts reducing from $66,000+ instead of $44,000+.

A minimum wage worker could expect about $12.50 a week, while superannuitants would take home just $4.50 a week.

National campaigned on enacting these changes at 1 July, but the start date has been pushed back four weeks after advice from Inland Revenue to allow payroll providers more time.

The in-work tax credit will also go up by up to $25 a week from 31 July. National had campaigned on that kicking in from 1 April.The relief package also includes a childcare payment for low-and-middle-income households as already announced.

FamilyBoost

FamilyBoost, a new childcare rebate, will become available from 1 July 2024. Eligible families will be able to obtain reimbursement for up to 25% of their early childhood education (ECE) fees, up to a maximum of $150 per fortnight (taking into account the 20 hours of ECE and the Ministry of Social Development’s childcare subsidy). The maximum amount per fortnight reduces for families with incomes over $140,000 per year. Families with incomes over $180,000 are not eligible.

Other key government expenditure items in the budget include:

  • $155m on Independent Earner Tax Credit eligibility changes in line with National's election campaign
  • $182m on In-Work Working For Families Tax credit by $25 a week, in line with National's election campaign 
  • $729m on restoring interest deductibility for residential rental property
  • $45m on adjusting the Brightline Test

We’ll keep you posted on the changes that will impact you

We will be watching closely as the Government makes decisions on taxes – and we’ll keep you updated. If you have questions about what the new taxes could mean for you, your trust, or your business, get in touch - we’re here to help!


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