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Increased provisional tax threshold: Legislative application

Increased provisional tax threshold: Legislative application 765 450 Lee Stace

The rules that determine whether someone must pay provisional tax are still the same in terms of how IRD applies them. However, what’s not the same for the 2021 and future tax years is the point at which they are applicable to a taxpayer. That’s the important thing to remember if you’re struggling to wrap…

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Increased provisional tax threshold explained

Increased provisional tax threshold explained 1200 630 Lee Stace

A taxpayer has no obligation to pay provisional tax for the 2020-21 income year if their liability for the previous year was $5000 or less. In most cases, any income tax payable for the upcoming year will be due at their terminal tax date. That said, there are some exceptions to this rule. We are…

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Safe harbour tolerance being introduced

Safe harbour tolerance being introduced 1344 706 Lee Stace

A legislative amendment will allow taxpayers to remain in safe harbour if they underpay their provisional tax instalments by $20. Smaller taxpayers using the standard uplift method to calculate their payments have been losing the ability to take advantage of the interest concession provided by this rule when they underpay by small amounts. When this…

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Uplift payments required for safe harbour eligibility

Uplift payments required for safe harbour eligibility 1200 630 Lee Stace

Provisional taxpayers cannot use the safe harbour provision if they fail to make their standard uplift payments on time and in full. However, tax pooling can fix this. Safe harbour – what it is and the criteria Safe harbour is a concession whereby IRD will not charge interest between a taxpayer’s final provisional tax instalment…

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Failing to pay cents costing thousands in IRD interest

Failing to pay cents costing thousands in IRD interest 1344 820 Lee Stace

**Update on 19 December 2019** IRD are fixing this issue and introducing a $20 threshold so taxpayers aren’t thrown out of safe harbour and charged use-of-money interest if they short pay provisional tax by a few cents. They are in the process of fixing up accounts that were charged in these situations. Original article published…

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