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ACC earners' levy on income from personal effort

Income that you receive from personal effort is liable for ACC earners' levy. This levy is charged to cover the cost of rehabilitation and compensation following non-work related injuries.

Income liable for ACC earners' levy

Income liable for earners' levy includes:

  • salary and wages (overtime, backpay, holiday pay, long service leave, bonuses or gratuities and taxable allowances)
  • shareholder-employee salaries
  • salaries to partners in a partnership
  • salary or wages to owners in a look-through company (LTC)
  • active income from a look-through company
  • income from self-employment.

Income not liable for ACC earners' levy

Income not liable for earners' levy includes:

  • retirement payments
  • redundancy payments
  • non-taxable allowances
  • rents
  • interest and dividends
  • estate and trust income
  • royalties
  • income for a partnership earned by a non-active partner
  • income for a look-through company (LTC) by a non-active owner
  • jury fees
  • witness fees
  • taxable and non-taxable pensions
  • free or discounted shares received under an employee share scheme (also known as a share purchase agreement).

How the premium is paid

Employees All employees must pay ACC earners' levy. This has been built into the PAYE tables and is deducted along with PAYE.
Self-employed Up to the year ended 31 March 2001 you calculated earners' levy in your tax return.
From 1 April 2001 onwards (the 2002 income year) ACC invoices you directly for earner's levy. We supply income information to ACC to enable them to do this.
Shareholder employees

If you receive a regular salary with PAYE deducted the company deducts earners' levy as part of your PAYE.

If you receive an irregular salary with no PAYE deducted:

  • up to 31 March 2001 the company deducted earners' levy from your salary and paid it in the company tax return
  • from 1 April 2001 onwards (the 2002 income year) ACC invoices the company directly for earners' levy. We supply income information to ACC to enable them to do this.

Rates of levy and maximum liable income

Earners' levy is charged at a flat rate, which can change each year. There is a maximum amount of income that earners' levy is charged on. Any amount of salary or wages earned over this maximum isn't liable for earners' levy.

The maximum rates for each year are:

Income year Earners' levy rate Maximum income earners' levy charged on - see "Note" below Maximum levy anyone can pay
1 April 2016 to
31 March 2017
$1.39 per $100 (1.39%)
1 April 2015 to
31 March 2016
$1.45 per $100 (1.45%)
1 April 2014 to
31 March 2015
$1.45 per $100 (1.45%)
1 April 2013 to
31 March 2014
$1.70 per $100 (1.70%)
1 April 2012 to
31 March 2013
$1.70 per $100 (1.70%)
1 April 2011 to
31 March 2012
$2.04 per $100 (2.04%)



For self-employed income, the maximum that earner’s levy is charged on is $120,070 and the maximum levy payable is $1,741.01 for the 2017 tax year.

See the previous years' ACC levy and maximum liable income rates

Contacts for more information

If you need more information about ACC earners' levy please contact ACC:

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employer levies 0800 222 776
Freefax: 0800 222 003
self-employed levies 0508 4COVER
(0508 426 837)
Freefax: 0800 222 003
agents and financial advisors' queries 0800 222 991
Freefax: 0800 222 003
claims 0800 101 996