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End of tax year We’re sending income tax assessments out from late-May until the end of July. If you have a tax bill you may be eligible for an automatic write off. Find out more

On 11 March 2020 Primary Industries Minister Damian O’Connor declared the drought affecting the entire North Island, Tasman, Marlborough, Kaikoura, North Canterbury and the Chatham Islands to be a large-scale adverse event.

On 28 April 2021, Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damian O’Connor also declared a continuation of drought in the North Island, Marlborough, Kaikoura, North, Mid and South Canterbury, Otago and the Chatham Islands. However, Taranaki, Ruapehu and Whanganui Districts are no longer in scope of this declaration. To assist farmers and growers we are exercising discretion to allow late deposits and early withdrawal from the income equalisation scheme.

Income equalisation scheme

We have a range of support in place for affected customers both businesses, individuals and families affected by the drought. Businesses may be eligible for discretionary relief.


Discretionary relief

Individuals and families

If you have been affected by the drought, missed payment or filing dates or are struggling to deal with your tax affairs, please contact us sooner rather than later so we can help. The best way to do this is through your tax agent or call us on 0800 473 566.