Smaller taxpayers (including companies and trusts)
Inland Revenue (IRD) has changed what it calls the ‘safe harbour’ provision.
- Your actual income tax liability for the year is less than $60,000; and
- You paid the tax amount required as per the standard method at your three provisional tax dates.
- You will not be charged IRD interest if you did not pay enough provisional tax, provided you pay the final balance by your terminal tax date.
The safe harbour threshold was previously $50,000 and applied to individuals only.
Medium and larger taxpayers
The second change affects medium and larger taxpayers.
- Your actual income tax liability is $60,000 or more; and
- You paid provisional tax for that year based on the standard method.
- You won’t be charged IRD interest if you paid the amounts of tax due as per the standard method at your first and second instalments, even if your actual liability is higher.
- The final balance will be due at your third provisional tax date. IRD interest applies on any underpayment or overpayment of tax from the third provisional tax date.
Capping the liability at the first and second instalments provides certainty, particularly if your income is volatile or seasonal.
Having the final balance due at the third provisional tax instalment is sensible because you should have a good estimation of your actual liability by then.
For more information please contact our tax experts.