Use of money interest rates to reduce
Tax Alert - April 2016
On 4 April 2015, the Government announced that use-of-money interest rates on underpaid and overpaid tax will reduce from 8 May 2016. The interest rate charged by Inland Revenue on underpaid tax will decrease from 9.21% to 8.27%, and the rate for overpaid tax will decrease from 2.63% to 1.62%.
The rates are reviewed regularly to ensure they are aligned to market interest rates and were last updated in May 2015.
The interest rates are set as prescribed by the Taxation (Use of Money Interest Rates Setting Process) Regulations 1997. In this regard, the taxpayer’s paying rate must be set at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand floating first mortgage new customer housing rate series plus 250 basis points.The rate also takes into account that the Government is an involuntary and unsecured lender and unable to assess the credit-worthiness of the taxpayer.
The Commissioner’s paying rate is set at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand 90 day bank bill rate series less 100 basis points. This rate is designed to discourage taxpayers from using Inland Revenue as a bank.
Tax Alert April 2016 Contents:
- Outsourcing payroll compliance overseas? Beware the risks
- GST on “remote” services
- The rise of holiday pay woes
- A step in the right direction – relaxation of the bank account requirements for IRD number / GST applications
- FBT errors – we are only human after all, right?
- Use of money interest rates to reduce