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Employee contributions to KiwiSaver

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What
Your tax obligations on your contributions and what changes if you go on leave.
Who
All employees.
Rate
The default contribution rate is 3% unless you decide to contribute more

Contributions to KiwiSaver will usually be through your pay. If you are not an employee you should talk directly to a scheme provider. You can also make extra voluntary payments to your KiwiSaver scheme.

If you’re an employee

The minimum rate you can contribute is 3% of your before tax pay. This rate is what we call the default rate. If you want to contribute more you can choose 4%, 6%, 8% or 10%.

Your before tax pay includes:

  • allowances
  • bonuses
  • commission
  • extra salary
  • overtime
  • gratuities
  • any other payment of any kind before tax.

Your before tax pay does not include:

  • redundancy payments
  • the value of providing board or lodging, or use of a house or part of a house, or the payment of an allowance instead of the provision of this benefit
  • taxable allowances for accommodation and living costs overseas
  • payments under a Voluntary Bonding Scheme funded by the Ministry Primary Industries, the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education
  • Retiring allowance
  • Benefits provided under an employee share scheme (ESS), also known as a share purchase agreement
  • An overpayment of an amount of an employer’s superannuation cash contribution, that an employee chooses to have treated as salary or wages.
  • Honoraria payments paid by Fire and Emergency New Zealand to a volunteer.

Your contributions if you go on leave

If you ... Your contributions will...
Receive government paid parental leave (PPL) Stop automatically. You can keep them going by completing a KS2 and include it with your PPL application.
Are on unpaid leave Stop automatically. If you want to keep them going contact your provider.
Receive weekly ACC payments (or weekly compensation payments as lump sum You can get deductions made from your payments by completing a KS2 and sending it to: PO Box 242 Wellington 6140.
Receive an income tested benefit from Work and Income Be made by you through Inland Revenue or your KiwiSaver provider if you want to contribute.
Your employer pays you parental leave Continue and you will contribute.