How Do I Manage KiwiSaver?

What happens to my KiwiSaver if I stop working?

If you stop earning a salary or wages, your employee contributions to KiwiSaver will stop.

You can make voluntary contributions to your KiwiSaver scheme.

When you start work again, automatic deductions from salary/wages will begin again..

Is KiwiSaver tax free?

Your KiwiSaver scheme invests your contributions so they earn money for you. You pay tax on the money your investment earns. Withdrawals from your KiwiSaver scheme are tax-free. To use the right tax rate you need to know what kind of KiwiSaver scheme you’re in.

Who gets my KiwiSaver if I die?

If you die while you are a member of a KiwiSaver scheme your full account balance will be paid to your estate. You can’t nominate people (called ‘beneficiaries’) to receive your funds directly from your KiwiSaver Scheme; your provider always has to pay it to your estate.

Does my employer have to match my KiwiSaver contributions?

How much your employer must contribute to your KiwiSaver account. Your employer must contribute at least 3% of your gross earnings on top of your regular pay unless: they’re already paying into another eligible scheme for you. you’re under 18 or over the age of eligibility.

How do I change my KiwiSaver tax rate?

While you may be required to pay more tax than expected this year due to an incorrect prescribed investor rate (PIR) supplied to your KiwiSaver or investment provider, to correct this you just need to contact your provider whether it be your bank or investment management company to have it changed.

Does the government still contribute to KiwiSaver?

For every dollar you put into your KiwiSaver account the government puts in 50 cents – capped at $521.43 a year. To get the full $521.43 you need to have put in at least $1042.86 each year.

Does KiwiSaver count as income?

Income can come from: interest earned on savings such as a term deposit. investment returns from shares, bonds, property or managed funds such as KiwiSaver.

Can you manage your own KiwiSaver?

A number of New Zealanders are choosing to manage their own KiwiSaver investments. … This gives the opportunity to invest in shares or funds, or a mix of both. DIY retirement investing isn’t new or unique to New Zealand.

How can I reduce my KiwiSaver contribution?

You can change your contribution rate once every 3 months, unless your employer agrees to a shorter timeframe. To do this you need to let your employer know in writing. If you want to contribute more than the maximum rate, you can make a payment directly to your scheme provider.

What can I do with my KiwiSaver?

If you suffer significant financial hardship you may be able to withdraw some, or all, of your and your employer’s contributions. You may be able to withdraw some, or all, of your KiwiSaver funds early if your health permanently affects your ability to work or you could die.

How do I access my KiwiSaver hardship?

Contact your scheme provider for the correct form to complete to make a hardship withdrawal. You only need to apply to us if you’re within the first 2 months of your KiwiSaver membership. To withdraw funds you will need to provide evidence you are suffering significant financial hardship.

Do you include KiwiSaver in your tax return?

KiwiSaver over-taxation claim doesn’t stack up, law firm “But one of the downsides is that KiwiSaver income cannot be included in your tax return to offset your tax losses.