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End of tax year know what to do

The tax year is from 1 April to 31 March. After the end of the tax year, we work out if you’ve paid the right amount of tax, if you have tax to pay, or if you're due a refund.

Common end of year situations

Hear about common assessment and return filing situations that people may have at the end of the tax year.

End of the tax year | Know what to do
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Tax is vital to New Zealand life, but can be complicated. Take a look at these examples with Ivy and Rikki to find out what you need to do at the end of the tax year. You'll find out what you'll receive and when, based on the situation that best fits you.

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Title: Aotearoa End of tax year. Know what to do

Ivy and Rikki from Te Tari Taake Inland Revenue are speaking.

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Narrator - Ivy

Tax is vital to New Zealand life but can be complicated.

Narrator - Rikki

So we're from Inland Revenue Te Tari Taake, to let you know what to do for the end of tax year.

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Melissa is pushing her child in a pram at a playground.

A mobile phone with myIR on it appears next to the words 'End of July'.

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Narrator - Rikki

Melissa has two tamariki and receives Working for Families. Her income tax assessment will arrive by the end of July.

She'll need to check the details we have about her income and her family are correct.

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Steve is sitting at a desk working at his computer.

There is an envelope with an income tax assessment and an icon showing Steve can use myIR on his computer.

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Narrator - Ivy

Steve's employed with a regular salary and no other income.

Narrator - Rikki

His employer files his salary and wages with us, so Steve can relax. We'll send his income tax assessment to his myIR account or in the post by the end of June.

Narrator - Ivy

It'll show if he's paid the right amount of tax, owes more, or is due a refund.

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Alex is standing in front of an easel painting the Inland Revenue logo. Her laptop is on the table behind her.

An icon showing myIR appears over the laptop with the text 'End of June'.

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Narrator - Rikki

Alex is employed with a regular salary and does some contracting work with an art gallery. We'll be in touch by the end of June for more information before issuing her income tax assessment.

So Alex can crack on with that masterpiece.

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Henry is digging up carrots from his farm.

There is a mobile phone with myIR on it and an envelope with a tax return.

There is a carrot with the words 'Untaxed income' and a spade with the word 'Expenses' next to it.

The envelope closes and '7 July' shows above it.

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Narrator - Ivy

Henry's a self-employed farmer.

Narrator - Rikki

He'll receive a tax return in his myIR account or in the post by early April. This will show any income information we do have, but Henry needs to add details of any untaxed income, and expenses to claim, and file his return with us by 7 July.

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Title: Aotearoa End of tax year. Know what to do

Link: ird.govt.nz/end-of-tax-year 

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Narrator - Ivy

To find out more head to ird.govt.nz/end-of-tax-year

Update your details

Sometimes we need more information from you to work out your assessment, particularly if you get payments for Working for Families. You can avoid delays by checking your details are up to date in myIR.

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myIR log in issues

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Issues with logging in to myIR

What you need to do based on your situation

Whether you need to provide more information to us or not, is based on your situation.

If you receive Working for Families payments

We send out most assessments by 7 June, however if we need more information it may take until 31 July. If the information is right, there’s nothing you need to do. You’ll need to contact us if the information is wrong.

You can do this in myIR.

End-of-year assessments

myIR

If you have untaxed income, you will need to file an IR3

You’ll need to let us know about any income you’ve earned that has not had tax deducted by filing an IR3.

Returns are available to file from 1 April. If you use myIR, we'll email or text when your return is in your myIR and ready for you to file. If you do not use myIR, we'll send you a paper return by early April.

Individual income tax return - IR3

If you have a tax agent, get in touch with them first as they may file on your behalf.

If your employer sorts your salary and wages

If you haven’t heard from us, this means we don’t need more information about your income from you and you should receive your income tax assessment by 7 June in myIR or later by post. 

If you’ve also received income that hasn’t been taxed yet, you will need to let us know and file an IR3 tax return.

What happens at the end of the tax year

Examples of common situations and what to expect

Look at these examples to find out what you need to do at the end of the tax year. 

Melissa holding her child

Melissa – gets Working for Families

After the end of the tax year, around June or July, we’ll send Melissa an income tax assessment. This will ask her to check the information we have about her income and family.

We don’t need to hear from Melissa if the information is right. She will need to contact us if it’s wrong.

For Melissa, if either her Working for Families or income tax assessment is a refund and the other is a bill, we will use the refund to pay the bill. She may still have a remaining bill to pay or refund after this.

cartoon image of Steve, who earns a salary

Steve – employed with no other income

Steve's employed, with a regular salary and no other income.

His employer passes on his salary and wage information to us, so Steve can relax.

By the end of June, we'll let him know his income tax assessment is ready in myIR or send it to him in the post. It'll show if he's paid the right amount of tax, owes more, or is due a refund.

cartoon image of Alex

Alex – employed and a contractor

Alex is employed with a regular salary and does some contracting work with an art gallery.

We’ll be in touch by the end of June for more information so we can issue her income tax assessment. Alex can crack on with that masterpiece in the meantime.

cartoon of Henry

Henry – self-employed

Henry's a self-employed farmer.

He'll get an IR3 tax return in myIR or in the post by early April. This will show any income information we do have. Henry needs to add details of any untaxed income, as well as expenses to claim. Henry must file his return with us by the 7th of July.

If Henry has a tax agent, he should contact them first to arrange filing.

Last updated: 10 May 2024
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