Leaving KiwiSaver in NZ

Don’t let your KiwiSaver dwindle away. Protect it, don’t lose it by leaving your KiwiSaver in NZ.

If you’ve been reading through our content on superannuation and KiwiSaver transfers, one thing is for sure, you’re looking into increasing your understanding of a reasonably complex and dry topic.

The following information is vital for you to get a good understanding of weighing up your choice of funds, whether to transfer or not and what action to take in which country.

If you are about to become a non-resident of New Zealand for tax purposes (i.e. moving to Australia) or are already living in Australia, you will be taxed at 28% rate on the investment earnings in your KiwiSaver each year.

It’s all about your PIR!

Meaning your ‘Prescribed Investor Rate‘ (PIR) and your PIE (Portfolio Investment Entity). If you are about to move to Australia and you decide not to transfer your KiwiSaver you should notify your PIE that you are moving countries so that your PIR is adjusted. Failure to do so will result in a 28% tax deduction on your KiwiSaver earnings each year. The alternative is to simply transfer it to First Super and bring it with you.

If you have already moved to and have been working and living in Australia and you have not contacted your New Zealand PIE to notify them of your PIR circumstances and decided not to transfer your KiwiSaver, your KiwiSaver earnings  will already be getting taxed at 28%.

You can learn about this from Inland Revenue, it takes 5 seconds!

This is a sponsored advertising promotion by First Super Pty Limited (ABN 42 053 498 472, AFSL 223988) as trustee of First Super (ABN 56 286 625 181).

This document contains general advice which has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider whether the advice is appropriate for you and read the Product Disclosure Statement before making any investment decisions.  To obtain a copy of the PDS or Target Market Determination please contact First Super on 1300 360 988 or visit our website www.firstsuper.com.au.