Rental income tax is high in New Zealand
Taxation Researcher | March 15, 2019
Effective Tax Rate on Rental Income
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|Source: Global Property Guide research|
Nonresident individuals are liable to pay tax on their income from sources in New Zealand. Married couples are separately assessed and taxed on their income.
The tax period in New Zealand is from 01 April of the current year up to 31 March of the succeeding year. The tax year 2019-2020 is from 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. The tax year 2020-2021 is from 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Taxable income is computed by deducting income-generating expenses, tax credits and tax rebates from the gross income. Income is then taxed at progressive rates.
INCOME TAX 2019-2020
|TAXABLE INCOME, NZD (US$)|
|Up to 14,000 (US$9,333)||10.50%|
|14,000 - 48,000 (US$32,000)||17.50% on band over US$9,333|
|48,000 - 70,000 (US$46,667)||30% on band over US$32,000|
|Over 70,000 (US$46,667)||33% on all income over US$46,667|
|Source: Global Property Guide|
Various expenses can be deducted from gross rental income, such as: rates (municipal land tax) and insurance; interest payments on mortgage to finance the rental property; agent´s fees for maintenance, collection of rent, and search of tenants; repairs and maintenance that is not considered as capital improvements on the rental property; motor vehicle expenses; legal fees incurred in arranging mortgage and drawing up a tenancy agreements (legal fees related to the buying and selling of the property are not deductible); accountant´s fee for the preparation of accounts; depreciation allowance to cover the cost of wear and tear and general ageing of the building and its contents.
Assets include buildings, capital improvements and chattels (furnishings, etc), which can be depreciated through either diminishing or straight scale. Buildings can either be depreciated by 4% (diminishing line) or 3% (straight line). Assets can be depreciated individually or in a group (pooled). Pooled assets can only be depreciated using the diminishing method, using the lowest depreciation rate in the group.
Gains resulting from the sale of real property are not normally taxed in New Zealand.
They are taxed at normal income tax rates only under the following circumstances: the business of the taxpayer consists of dealing in such property, the property was acquired for the purpose of selling the property and the profits or gains were derived from the carrying out of an undertaking scheme for the purpose of making a profit.
There are no real estate taxes in New Zealand.
Income and capital gains earned by companies is subject to corporate income tax at a flat rate of 28%. Income-generating expenses are deductible when calculating taxable income.