Kiwi Saver

Kiwi Saver is a voluntary, work-based savings initiative to help employees with long-term saving for retirement. Contributions from an employees salary are paid to the IRD in the PAYE returns each month.

Existing  employees may  request to join kiwi saver at any time and the employer is obliged to pay a minimum of 3% contributions to a kiwisaver scheme. The employee may pay  up to 8% of their gross taxable pay to a kiwi saver scheme of their choice.  The employer must pay a minimum contribution of 3% to the employees scheme.

The General Assembly 2016 recommended that parishes pay 5% employer contributions to the lay workers Kiwi saver scheme.

All new  employees in permanent roles over the age of 18 must be enrolled from their start date. The employee  may choose a Kiwi saver provider or , if they don’t have a preferred scheme the IRD  will allocate the employee to a default scheme. Temporary and casual employees do not have to be automatically enrolled into Kiwi saver. And employers  are not obliged to pay the 3% contribution to casual or temporary workers. 

If the employee does not wish to join kiwisaver they may opt out.  The employer must enrol the employee from their start date and the employee  can opt out of the scheme after day 14 and before  day 56  by completing an online opt out form KS 10 at www.kiwisaver.govt.nz.  The IRD will instruct the employer to stop making deductions for Kiwisaver from the employees salary, and they will refund the employer contributions back to the employer. The personal contributions are refunded direct to the employee.

Deductions made from employees  salaries are payable to the IRD each month on the PAYE return IR 345 or IR 346. Employer contributions are subject to ESCT (Employer superannuation  Contribution tax)

For existing  employees ESCT  rates are based on the total  tax paid income at the end of the previous tax year

$0   -   $16,800                    10.5%

$16,801 to $57,600              17.5%

$57,601 to $84,000              30%

$84,001 upwards                 33%

To determine  a new employees  ESCT  rate the employer should estimate their total salary or wage all taxable  allowances including the employers Kiwisaver contributions that will be made to the employee in the  current tax year.

Accomodation  and housing allowances are exempt from Kiwi saver contributions but they  are part of the total gross pay  to establish the  ESCT rate.

More information about the benefits of kiwisaver  refer to www.kiwisaver.govt.nz

Ministers receiving a Stipend

Parishes are deemed by the IRD as the employer because they administer the payroll, and ministers, like anyone else can join a Kiwisaver scheme.  However Presbyterian Minister are obliged to join the Beneficiary Fund  which has its own Kiwisaver component . Parishes are also obliged to pay 5% employer contributions to the Beneficiary Fund. The Beneficiary Fund has first call on Kiwisaver contributions, therefore parishes are not obliged to pay any  employer contributions to the ministers voluntary scheme..

The minister may join a Kiwi saver of their choice and  instruct the parish to deduct personal contributions to this voluntary scheme on their behalf. The parish  does not contribute to this scheme.  If the minister is not a Presbyterian minister and or is not a member of the Beneficiary fund,  then  the parish must treat such ministers as lay workers and apply the normal Kiwisaver rules.

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