Penalties and interest
If you know that you will not be able to pay your tax on time or if you currently have debt outstanding, there are a number of options available to you. Learn also about the penalties and interest that may apply for failing to meet tax obligations.
Tax laws encourage voluntary compliance. They set out your obligations as a taxpayer and the standards you are expected to meet in paying your taxes.
Interest rules are generic across all taxes and duties. Two-way interest rules mean that we pay interest on overpayments and you are charged interest on tax that is underpaid.
The purpose of penalties is to encourage taxpayers to comply with their tax obligations. The penalties are charged in relation to breach in taxpayer obligation.
The law requires you to file your tax returns by their due dates. If you don’t, you may have to pay a late filing penalty. If you receive a reminder to file your return or an account for the $50.00 late filing penalty, file the outstanding return right away or let us know if you are not required to file a return.
To find out if you are required to file an income tax return see either Business income tax - Filing returns.or Individual income tax - Work out if you need to do anything.
Employers whose annual PAYE and SSCWT deductions are more than $100,000 in the previous year must file their Employer monthly schedule (IR348) electronically.
If your taxes and duties are not paid by the due dates, you may have to pay a late payment penalty. If you're not in a position to make payment in full, you can contact us to arrange to pay your tax in instalments. You can do this before or after the due date.
The tax laws allow us to remit penalties only in very limited circumstances. Remission means the penalties are legally waived and are no longer payable.
The different types of audits we do, how we select you for an audit and what it will involve.
Criminal offences attract the same penalties regardless of the type of tax involved.
If this is your first late payment in a two-year period, you will be allowed a grace period. This means that you will have a further period to make payment. If you do not pay, the late payment penalty will be imposed from the due date. Interest will continue to apply.
If you file your employer montlhy schedule without payment, you may have to pay non-payment penalties as well as late payment penalties.
Date published: 20 Jul 2006
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