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In Budget 2018, the Government announced its policy that would allow new investors in standout yearlings (both thoroughbred and standardbred) purchased with the intention to breed in the future for profit will be able to claim income tax deductions as if they had an existing bloodstock breeding business. Investors will also be taxable if the standout yearling is subsequently sold for a profit.

Standout thoroughbred yearlings

A standout thoroughbred yearling must be purchased at Karaka 2023 from Book 1 and cost more than: 

Fillies Colts
$366,000 $353,000

Standout standardbred yearlings

A standout standardbred yearling must be purchased at National Standardbred Yearling Sales, Auckland or Christchurch 2023 and cost more than:

Fillies Colts
$117,000 $180,000

A yearling purchased through a syndicate, or subsequently syndicated following its purchase at Karaka 2023 Book 1 or National Standardbred Yearling Sales, Auckland or Christchurch 2023, that is set up for breeding would also qualify the new investor to claim income tax deductions under the policy. However, to be eligible for the policy the investors will have to provide Inland Revenue with evidence within 4 months of acquiring the yearling that they intend to derive a profit from breeding the high-priced yearling.

Information required when notifying the Commissioner of an intention to breed for profit

  1. Notification of intention to breed
  2. Sale and purchase documentation – (and, if not included in documentation, lot number/sale name/horse identification (colt/filly, dam/sire etc)
  3. IRD/GST Number of the owner. If multiple owners (syndicate/partnership) details of the entity, including all owners individually
  4. Contact details: physical address, phone number, e-mail address
  5. Balance date
  6. Owner's founding documents (Syndicate/Partnership agreement)
  7. Breeding business plan:
    1. a description of the business
    2. the research undertaken/ previous knowledge,
    3. location of activity,
    4. how is horse to get to breeding state? (how is horse to be raced/racing management?),
    5. where and when is horse to commence breeding and who/how is this to be managed?
    6. financial forecasts
    7. involvement of racing/breeding/syndicate manager (overall management of horse).
  8. Veterinarian reports:
    1. For syndicates required to operate in accordance with the 'Bloodstock Syndication Code of Practice", a copy of the veterinarian certificate obtained; and
    2. For all other syndicates, confirmation that an external physical examination was carried out by a veterinarian prior to purchase together with the details of the veterinarian who performed the examination
  9. Any other relevant communication within the syndicate prior to filing the application for a deduction for the cost of the high-priced bloodstock.

Information required with change of intention

  1. If the horse is gelded or deceased, a copy of the vet invoice noting the date of gelding or death
  2. If exported, a copy of the export documentation
  3. Copies of any change of ownership forms
  4. All communication relating to any change of intention to breed
  5. Financial statements (or financial statements summary IR10 form, where no other financial statements have been prepared), tax reconciliations and bloodstock schedules.

Please contact [email protected] should you have any questions.