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A retiring allowance is a payment made to an employee when they have finished employment completely because of:
- the employee's decision
- the terms of any union contract
- the length of service of the employee, or
- the employer's policy.
It is not based on the age of the employee.
A redundancy payment is different from a retiring allowance. Redundancy is when a termination of employment is the employer's decision.
Redundancy payments may be made to:
- an employee whose position is no longer needed, or
- a seasonal worker whose usual seasonal position is no longer needed (the employee works for you each year for a continuous period of less than 12 months at a regular time each year).
How to tax
Both types of payment are taxed at the lump sum rates, but are not liable for ACC earners' levy.
To treat a payment as a retiring allowance or redundancy payment, the person's employment must have been terminated. If employment is not terminated, the payment is liable for earners' levy.