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Non-resident entertainers or a non-resident contractors bringing rental equipment or box rental into New Zealand 

  • If you receive payment for the equipment, it will be treated as income earned in New Zealand. In most cases, it will be subject to New Zealand tax.
  • Many countries have double tax agreements with New Zealand that specify a flat rate of tax (usually 5%, 10% or 15%).
  • You'll need to apply to us in writing for a special tax rate certificate that will tell you the rate you'll be taxed at.
  • A few countries have double tax agreements that provide full exemption from tax, in which case you will need to apply to us for an exemption certificate.
  • Where New Zealand has no double tax agreement with your country of residence, you'll need to complete an income tax return.

Non-resident contractors receiving payment (for equipment use) connected with a permanent establishment in New Zealand

The payment will be taxed as part of the New Zealand business earnings.

Resident contractors leasing equipment from a non-resident

  • Any lease or rental payments you make to a non-resident for the use of equipment in New Zealand will be subject to tax in New Zealand.
  • You must deduct tax from the payment at the rate specified in the double tax agreement that applies to the non-resident (5%, 10% or 15%). If the supplier is from a country that has no double tax agreement or they haven't given you their IRD number, you must deduct tax at 30%. These deductions are returned to us through your Employer monthly schedule IR348.

Production companies leasing equipment from non-residents

  • Any lease or rental payments you make to a non-resident for the use of equipment in New Zealand will be subject to tax in New Zealand.
  • Many countries have double tax agreements with New Zealand that specify a flat rate of tax (usually 5%, 10% or 15%).
  • You'll need to apply to us in writing for a special tax rate certificate that will tell you the rate you'll be taxed at.
Last updated: 28 Apr 2021
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