Monday, May 31st, 2010
The end of June is an important date for KiwiSaver members. The financial year for KiwiSaver runs from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 and if you have contributed at least $1,040 to KiwiSaver during that time, you will be eligible for the full amount of Government tax credit to be paid into your KiwiSaver account in July. The maximum value of the tax credit is the lesser of $1,040 or the total of your contributions for the year. If you have put in $900 through deductions from your pay, then your tax credit will only be $900. By putting an extra $140 into your account before the end of June you will get the full tax credit of $1,040.
If you are contributing 2% of your pay into KiwiSaver and you earn less than $52,000 a year, or if you are contributing 4% of your pay and you are earning less than $26,000 a year, you will need to top up your KiwiSaver account to get the full tax credit. To find out how much you need to top up your account by, check your contributions with either your product provider or your financial adviser.
If you are self employed or not working and under the age of 65, you can still become a KiwiSaver member by joining directly with the provider of your choice. By contributing $1,040 a year as a either a single payment or $84 a month you will get the full benefit of the tax credit. It is not too late to join now. New members will receive the Government kickstart payment of $1,000 and a tax credit for the first year based on the number of days of membership.
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