The Taxation (Personal Tax Cuts, Annual Rates, and Remedial Matters) Act 2008

2008 legislation includes personal tax reductions, changes to Working for Families tax credits to take account of inflation and confirms 2008-09 income tax rates.

The Taxation (Personal Tax Cuts, Annual Rates, and Remedial Matters) Bill 2008 was introduced into Parliament on 22 May 2008 and passed under urgency on 23 May. The resulting Act received Royal assent on 29 May 2008.

The new legislation gives effect to tax measures announced in Budget 2008 - personal tax reductions to be phased in over three and a half years, and changes to Working for Families tax credits to take account of inflation.

It includes three sets of remedial amendments: the legislative changes the government announced on 14 May 2008 to give tax certainty for various entities in the lead-up to the deadline for registration with the Charities Commission; small but necessary remedial amendments to the portfolio investment entity (PIE) and KiwiSaver rules; and a number of drafting corrections arising mainly from the rewrite of the Income Tax Act.

It also confirms the annual rates of income tax for the 2008-09 tax year.

The new Act amends the Income Tax Act 2007, Tax Administration Act 1994, Estate and Gift Duties Act 1968, KiwiSaver Act 2006, Taxation (KiwiSaver) Act 2007, and Taxation (Business Taxation and Remedial Matters) Act 2007.