How to pay tax
If you’re earning any sort of income, you have to pay tax. Make sure you're paying the right amount so you don't end up with a large bill.
Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business due to the COVID-19.
If you earn a wage
If you’re earning wages and you’re on the right tax code, you won’t have to do anything at the end of the tax year.
Your employer will deduct tax using the code you gave them when you started work. Make sure they’re using the right code or you could pay the wrong amount of tax.
You can work out how much tax should be taken from your wages.
If you get a lump sum payment
You’ll need to pay the correct tax on a lump sum payment.
A lump sum payment might be for holiday pay or a redundancy payment when you leave your current job.
If you’re self-employed
If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to manage your own tax and file a return at the end of the tax year. Inland Revenue will consider you a one-person business.
Make sure you know how to:
At the end of the tax year
Most people who earn salary or wages pay the correct amount of tax and don’t need to do anything at the end of the tax year. But you can check if you’ll get a refund.
You only need to file an income tax return (IR3) if you:
- are self-employed
- earn income from a business, rental property, or from overseas.
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