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Independent earner tax credit (IETC)

If you're a New Zealand tax resident and you earn between $24,000 and $48,000 in a tax year, you might be able to get the independent earner tax credit (IETC) up to $520

You can get the IETC on income from:

  • salary or wages

  • ACC compensation payments

  • paid parental leave

  • investments

  • self-employment

  • other types of business income.


You cannot get the IETC if:

  • you or your partner are entitled to Working for Families Tax Credits

  • you receive an income-tested benefit

  • you receive New Zealand Superannuation

  • you receive a Veteran’s Pension

  • you receive an overseas equivalent of any of the above.


IETC is worked out on whole months. If you receive any of the above payments at any time during a month, you will not be entitled to IETC for that whole month. 


How much you can get

If your income (before tax) in the tax year is between:

  • $24,000 and $44,000 – you get $10 per week ($520 tax credit)

  • $44,001 and $48,000 – your entitlement reduces by 13 cents for every dollar you earn over $44,000.


Your before-tax income does not include any losses you may have brought forward from previous years.


Am I eligible for the IETC?

Depending on your sources of income, you'll either get this tax credit by giving your employer the right tax code or filing your tax return. The most you can receive is $520 per year.

Need help applying for IETC tax credit? contact us!

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