Land and Income Tax Amendment Act 1964
Archived legislative commentary on the Land and Income Tax Amendment Act 1964 from PIB vol 16 Dec 1964.
This commentary item was published in Public Information Bulletin Volume 16, December 1964.
Land and Income Tax Amendment Act 1964
Section 1 - Short title.
Application Of Act
Section 2 Except where otherwise provided, this Act relates to tax on income derived in the income year that commenced on 1 April 1964.
Part I [Taxation of non-residents]
Part I of the Act consists of Sections 3 to 19.
There are three main features -
it increases the basic rate of ordinary income tax for non-resident companies.
it introduces a new tax - "non-resident withholding tax" - on income derived from New Zealand by non- residents.
it strengthens the tax law relating to the taxing of interest, royalties and other income arising in New Zealand.
Section 3 gives definitions which are necessary to save repetition in later sections. The important definition is "Fixed establishment" which sets out the conditions in which a taxpayer is deemed to carry on business in New Zealand, other than in a temporary manner.
Fixed establishment defined
A "fixed establishment" means a fixed place of business in which substantial business is carried on by that person.
It includes -
- a branch, factory, shop or workshop where substantial business is carried on;
- a mine, quarry, oil well, or other place where natural resources are or can be exploited;
- an agricultural, pastoral or forestry property.
It excludes -
- the use of facilities solely for storing, displaying or delivering goods or merchandise belonging to the business;
- a fixed place of business maintained solely for purchasing goods or merchandise;
- a fixed place of business maintained solely for collecting information or advertising for the business.
Company rates of ordinary income tax
Section 4 fixes the rates of tax payable by companies from the 1 April 1964. The basic rates for resident companies remain unchanged. The basic rates for companies not resident in New Zealand are increased by 5% in the £1. For non-resident companies the rate will commence at 3s6d in the £1, increasing by 1/100th of 1d on every £1 of income to £3,600 to reach the maximum rate of 9s6d on every £1 of income in excess of £3,600.
Rebates for non-resident companies
Section 5 allows companies rebates from either
- the new 5% non-resident company tax,
- the withholding tax, in appropriate cases.
It inserts new sections 78C, 78D and 78E into the principal Act.
Sections 78C and 78D provide rebates from the 5% for -
- non-resident investment companies on income derived from development assets,
- life insurance companies carrying on business in New Zealand.
These classes of taxpayer are subject to special methods of assessment which are preserved by allowing the rebates.
Section 78E provides for a rebate of the 15% dividend withholding tax or the 5% non-resident tax when the non-resident company in any year pays dividends to shareholders resident in New Zealand.
The following notes will assist in understanding the purpose and calculation of the rebate.
Five Points -
- The rebates apply only to Non-resident companies;
- The basic principle is that the full sum requited for dividends paid to New Zealand resident shareholders is deemed to be met in the following order -
- out of New Zealand dividends derived;
- any excess over New Zealand dividends, out of other New Zealand income; so far as that income extends.
- In working out the rebates the 15% withholding tax on interest, royalties and "know-how" payments is deemed to include the 5% additional tax in all cases when the withholding tax is final.
- The rebate provisions cover cases when:
- the company's only New Zealand income is dividends.
- the company's New Zealand income is dividends plus other income.
- the company's New Zealand income is other than dividends.
- The purpose of the rebate is-
to rebate the 15% withholding tax deducted from New Zealand dividends on an amount equal to the dividends paid to New Zealand resident shareholders;
when there is any excess paid, to rebate an amount equal to 5% of the pre-taxed profits required to provide that excess.
"Grossing up" procedure
A "grossing- up" procedure is provided to arrive at the amount of pre-tax profits necessary to meet the dividend actually paid to the New Zealand resident shareholder.
When more that 50% of the non-resident company's share capital is held by New Zealand resident shareholders an alternative rebate procedure is available based on New Zealand held capital in relation to total capital.
Example of "grossing up"
Non-resident company derives £10,000 business income from New Zealand and pays £4,000 dividends to New Zealand resident shareholders.
|Income before tax||=||£10,000|
|Ordinary income tax on £20,000 at resident company basic rate (instead of non-resident company basic rate)||=||£3,720|
|Social security income tax @ 1s 6d in £ on £10,000||=||£750||£4,460|
|Tax paid residue||£5,540|
Grossing-up the £4,000 to its pre-tax figure.
Section 6 makes amendments consequential to section 5. The effect of the amendments is to maintain the present tax position on -
- income derived by non-resident investment companies from investment in approved development projects
- reversionary bonuses paid to New Zealand policy holders by life insurance companies assessable under section 149.
The section also covers the special position of non-resident life insurance companies deriving income from New Zealand but not assessed under Section 149.
Special exemptions for absentees
Section 7 withdraws the personal exemption of £468 at present allowed to non resident individual taxpayers.
It will apply from 1 April 1965.
From that date, individual non-resident taxpayers will not be entitled to special exemptions, except against income earned from personal services performed on a visit to New Zealand.
Against this income they will be entitled to the proportion of all exemptions, except life insurance exemptions, based on the number of weeks for which pay was received during the income year.
A similar proportion of the £104 social security income tax exemption is also allowed.
Income exempt from tax
Section 8 ensures that tax will not be levied on interest from loans floated under an agreement or arrangement with the Government of New Zealand when exemption of the interest from New Zealand tax is one of the terms of the loan. It also continues the exemption of interest derived on Government Loans by non-residents when the interest is paid outside New Zealand.
Absentees pay no social security income tax in some cases
Section 9 provides that an absentee will not be liable to pay social security income tax on income from New Zealand, except income from personal services, unless he is personally present in New Zealand for more than 183 days in the year.
Previously an absentee could be liable on all income if he came to New Zealand and earned any income from personal services.
This section applies from 1 April 1965.
Dividends exempt from income tax
Section 10 withdraws from 25 June 1964 the exemption from tax on dividends derived from New Zealand at present allowed to non-resident companies.
The following exemptions from the general liability are provided -
- when the dividend is declared before but derived after 26 June 1964 but is paid within a reasonable time,
- when the dividend is derived from the winding up of a company which commenced before 26 June 1964,
- when the dividend which is paid, before 31 March 1969, is from income derived up to 31 March 1964, e.g. is satisfied by a bonus issue of shares or by a credit for uncalled capital on existing shares, and the capital is to be used in the continuing interests of the business in New Zealand. This exemption may be reviewed where necessary in certain circumstances.
Items included in assessable income
Section 11 inserts a new paragraph (ee) into section 88 of the principal Act to include as assessable income "know-how" payments. It will apply to all payments made from 1 April 1964 for the supply of scientific, technical, industrial or commercial knowledge or assistance in the carrying on of a business. Any payment which is wholly a reimbursement of expenses incurred by the recipient is excluded from the scope of the section.
Commissioner may determine amount paid for "know-how"
Section 12 inserts a new section 88A into the principal Act to provide that when any payment is made partly for "know-how" and partly for any other purpose, the Commissioner may determine what part of the payment is assessable income. Many payments of the type mentioned in the previous section are included with payments which reimburse expenditure incurred by the recipient.
Rebate in proprietary assessments
Section 13 provides a rebate to ensure that the 5% non-resident tax is not charged on proprietary income derived by a non-resident company from a New Zealand company. Any dividend from the proprietary company will now be subject to withholding tax and the purpose of this rebate is to avoid double taxing.
Assessment of life insurance companies
Section 14 preserves the special method of assessment applied by section 149 of the principal Act to life insurance companies carrying on business in New Zealand, by continuing to allow the deduction of dividends derived against assessable income.
Without this section these dividends would have become liable for tax.
Income deemed to be derived in New Zealand
Section 15 amends section 167 of the principal Act so that interest on money lent outside New Zealand will have a source in New Zealand when lent to a non-resident of New Zealand provided the money is to be used in a business carried on through a fixed establishment in New Zealand and when lent to a resident except when used in a fixed establishment outside New Zealand.
Exceptions are made in the case of money lent in a banking business or in a business comprising borrowing and lending money. That profit is taxable in New Zealand as business income.
Royalties and "know-how" payments are given a source in New Zealand when paid by a resident of New Zealand except in respect of a business carried on through a fixed establishment outside New Zealand, or by a non-resident if deducted in arriving at his income which is assessable for New Zealand tax.
Assessment Of Insurance Underwriters
Section 16 preserves the rates of tax at present applicable to insurance underwriters.
Part VII C - non-resident withholding tax
Section 17 inserts a new Part VII C in the principal Act. This part deals exclusively with the new non-resident withholding tax and consists of new sections 203R to 203ZK.
Section 203R contains definitions
Section 203S is the application section for Part VIIC and uses the new term non-resident withholding income in describing dividends, interest and royalties derived by non residents and subject to withholding tax.
Dividends, interest and royalties derived by a non-resident company after 26 June 1964 are subject to withholding tax.
In the case of a non-resident, other than a company, these types of income derived before 1 April 1965 are not subject to withholding tax.
Annual assessment in some cases
When interest is derived by either a company or an individual who carries on business in New Zealand through a fixed establishment, the withholding provisions will not apply and the income will be subject to annual assessment.
Further exemptions from withholding provisions are also provided for
- exempt income
- income from hiring films
- income derived by life insurance companies to which Section 149 applies
- income derived by certain mining companies
- income derived by "non-resident investment companies" from "development projects"
Non-resident withholding tax
Section 203T makes non-residents liable to withholding tax of 15% on the gross amount of non-resident withholding income.
Deduction of non-resident withholding tax
Section 203U sets out the responsibility to deduct withholding tax when the income is paid in cash.
Who makes the deduction
Any person in New Zealand who makes the payment to a non-resident is required to withhold tax,
an agent or other person in New Zealand who receives a payment without deduction of tax or with a part deduction is required to withhold the tax or the balance of tax.
Provisions is also made for an agent or other person in New Zealand of the non-resident to be advised in writing when receiving the income, that withholding tax has been deducted.
Withholding tax on dividends not paid in cash
Section 203V sets out the requirements when a dividend is not paid in cash.
The company paying the dividend or an agent in New Zealand may not pay the dividend to, or in the interests of the non-resident, until the withholding tax has been paid to the Commissioner.
The Commissioner is to give written notice of payment of the tax if required by the person who has paid the tax.
Commissioner may grant relief from or vary deductions
Section 203W allows the Commissioner to grant relief from or to vary the amount of deduction required. It does not affect the ultimate liability for tax.
Non-resident withholding tax to be paid to Commissioner
Section 203X requires that withholding tax is to be accounted for by 20th of month following the month in which the deduction is made. Power is given to extend the time for accounting to meet special circumstances.
Annual reconciliation statements
Section 203Y provides for an end of year procedure.
A reconciliation statement and supporting withholding tax certificates will in general be required not later than 20th June following the year which ends on 31 March. The Department will be happy to discuss alternative procedures.
Non-resident withholding tax a final tax in some cases
Section 203Z stipulates that the withholding tax is to be a final tax on dividends and "culture" royalties.
This means that the liability of the non-resident will be finally and exclusively determined by the 15% withholding tax.
Non-resident withholding tax a minimum tax in some cases
Section 203ZA provides that the 15% withholding tax on interest, industrial royalties and "know-how" payments will also be a final tax when
- the gross amount of interest and such royalties plus other taxable income derived by a company during the year does not exceed £500,
- in the case of other companies and individual taxpayers the withholding income would not attract a greater tax liability when included in an end of year assessment.
When the withholding tax is not final, credit will be allowed for the withholding tax against further tax payable.
Person getting non-resident withholding income to pay withholding tax
Section 203ZB states that if for any reason withholding tax is not deducted, provision is made for the non-resident to account for the tax by the 20th of month following payment.
The Commissioner may extend the due date for payment in special circumstances.
Failure to deduct
Section 203ZC deals with failure to deduct withholding tax.
When income is paid in cash without deduction of tax, the amount of this tax becomes a debt due by the payer to the Commissioner.
When a dividend not paid in cash is dealt with in favour of the non-resident recipient, the tax payable on the dividend becomes a debt due to the Commissioner by either the New Zealand company or agent who has not met his obligations.
The Commissioner is given dual powers to recover the tax either from the non-resident who receives the income or from the New Zealand resident mentioned above.
Issue of assessments for withholding tax
Section 203ZD gives authority to issue an assessment of withholding tax either to the person who receives the income or to the person who is liable to account for the tax to the Commissioner.
Late payment penalty
Section 203ZE provides for the imposition of a 10% penalty against any person who knowingly fails to deduct withholding tax or who knowingly fails to account for this tax, or who fails to do so by the due date.
This 10% penalty is chargeable on the withholding tax not deducted or accounted for and is distinct and separate from any other penalties which might be imposed.
Section 203ZF provides for the imposition of penal tax up to three times the amount of the withholding tax not deducted or accounted for.
This penal tax ties in with the penal provisions in Section 231 of the principal Act. No penalty will be imposed when the circumstances are beyond the control of the taxpayer.
Section 203ZG provides that offences are committed against the non-resident withholding provisions, when -
- there is deliberate failure to deduct withholding tax;
- withholding tax is knowingly applied for any purpose other than payment to the Commissioner.
Shares sold to associated company
Section 203ZH ensures that a non-resident will not be able to avoid the dividend withholding tax by interposing a new New Zealand company between himself and an existing company, both of which are controlled by him.
Income deemed to be received
Section 203ZI makes it clear that the person receiving the balance of income after deduction of withholding tax is deemed to have received the gross amount at the time the balance is paid to him.
Application to PAYE legislation
Section 203ZJ apples to non-resident withholding tax with the necessary modifications, the provisions of the PAYE legislation relating to -
- recovery of tax;
- unpaid tax becoming a charge on property;
- agreements not to make deduction to be void.
Application of other parts of principal act
Section 203ZK is a machinery section which links the non-resident withholding tax provisions with the provisions for income tax levied under Section 77 of the principal Act.
Transitional provisions for British subsisting companies
Section 18 is a transitional provision relating to income derived by British "subsisting" companies from New Zealand in the 1965 income year.
The New Zealand/United Kingdom double tax agreement has been terminated with effect from the year of assessment commencing on 1 April 1965.
Because of the terms of the agreement dividends, royalties, and interest derived between 26 June 1964 and 31 March 1965 by such companies will not be subject to withholding tax. This income is, however, correctly taxable in New Zealand. It will be assessed after 31 March 1965 either at the equivalent of withholding tax or tax levied under Section 203ZA.
While interest is not included in the terminated agreement it has been made subject to this assessment procedure to avoid confusion.
The following general notes should help you to understand the taxing of dividends, royalties and interest derived from New Zealand by United Kingdom residents during the year ended 31 March 1965.
Subsisting company resident in United Kingdom
Dividends derived after 25 June 1964 became subject to assessment of the equivalent withholding tax. The assessment will be issued after 1 April 1965.
The "source in New Zealand" rule (see Section 15) for royalties and interest is widened from 1 April 1964. They will be subject to assessment after 1 April 1965 but the taxing of royalties and interest derived after 25 June 1964 will be subject to the rules for withholding tax set out in Section 203ZA.
PAYE companies and individuals resident in United Kingdom
The termination of the United Kingdom Double Tax Agreement becomes effective in respect of income deriving in the income year commencing on 1 April 1965. The Agreement therefore exempts dividends and royalties derived to 31 March 1965.
Interest received is not covered by the terminating agreement and is subject to tax as in past years. Individual taxpayers will be entitled to personal exemption of £468 against income derived to 31 March 1965.
The withholding provisions apply to dividends, royalties and interest derived by these taxpayers after 1 April 1965 and from that date the personal exemption is cancelled.
Payments made before act passed
Section 19 Provides that the withholding tax provisions will have no legal application to payments of non-resident withholding income between 26 June 1964 and the time when this Act became law.
The Commissioner is given full powers of recovery from the recipient of the income.
In practice the agency provisions in the principal Act may be used to issue assessments and recover dividend withholding tax from the payer in New Zealand.
Any person who has withheld tax is required to account for it by the 20th of the month after this Act became law.
Part II miscellaneous amendments to principal act
Superannuation funds - farm workers include sharemilkers
Section 20 deems sharefarmers more commonly known as sharemilkers to be "employees" for the purposes of approved superannuation funds such as the superannuation scheme for farm workers. An employer is also defined as the person engaging the share milker.
The "employee" can claim a special exemption for his contributions and the employer can deduct his subsidising contributions.
Tax free distributions from companies
Section 21 clarifies the original intention of Section 4(3) of the principal Act relating to tax free distributions from companies,
This amendment provides that -
- Only a realised capital profit, or capital gain, may be distributed in cash and qualify as tax free.
- A cash tax free distribution cannot be made from a mere writing up of assets. To qualify, the distribution may only be made as bonus shares or by giving credit for unpaid capital.
- Goodwill is not an asset which may be written up for the purpose of a tax free distribution.
The Section also provides that a tax free distribution may be made only once from the writing up of the value of any capital asset. In any subsequent transaction which includes the same asset the cost is deemed to include the previous write up to the extent it has been previously distributed tax free. A further tax free distribution will be permitted only to the extent of a write up in excess of this national cost.
Donations and school fees
Section 22 At present a special exemption of up to £50 is allowed for school fees and donations paid to special schools for afflicted and handicapped children and to registered private schools. To qualify, the school must not be run for private profit.
Section 22 extends the exemption to include tuition fees (but not donations) paid to these schools where they are run for private profit of individuals.
A further amendment includes the Volunteer Service Abroad Incorporated, in the organisations whose funds are spent overseas and which qualify as donations limited to £25 lot special exemptions.
Increased life insurance exemption
Section 23 provides that the maximum special exemption allowable for life insurance and superannuation contributions is increased from £250 to £325 for any person who is not a contributor to the Government Superannuation Fund, or a member of a subsidised superannuation fund.
The exemption may not exceed the lesser of the premium paid or 20% of the taxpayers assessable income.
Superannuation benefits payable to certain residents of Cook Islands and Samoa
Benefits from the superannuation funds maintained by the Cook Islands and Western Samoan Public Service are paid from sources in New Zealand.
Section 24 provides that the Benefits, paid either to the retired public servant or his dependants, will not be liable to New Zealand tax while the recipient continues to reside in those territories.
Allowances to members of local or statutory boards exempted from tax
The allowances paid to chairmen or members of committees or other bodies constituted by statutory authority invariably include reimbursement for expenses which relate directly to the remuneration.
Section 25 provides that the Commissioner may fix the respective proportions of income, and the expenditure to be exempted from tax in the same manner as he fixes allowances received by other employees.
Spreading of income on retirement from farming
Section 26 provides that when a farmer sells his livestock on retirement from farming and the price exceeds the standard values he has adopted he may elect to spread the excess income over the year of sale and the three succeeding years.
The manner in which to spread the excess is at the taxpayer's option. Power is given to the Commissioner to cancel this election in exceptional circumstances. For instance, if a taxpayer dies before the income spread is completed.
These provisions are an alternative to the present Section 103 which allows taxpayers to spread excess income to preceding years.
Forced sales of livestock
Section 27 rewrites Section 103 A of the principal Act relating to forced sales of livestock.
The changes made to the original section are -
- The "assessable Excess" is now defined as the difference between sale price or other disposal price and the standard value last in use.
- The word "disaster" is replaced by the phrase "adverse event".
- Notice in the Gazette is no longer necessary and a simpler procedure of declaration by the Minister of Finance is provided.
- Replacement of livestock may be made either by purchase or from progeny bred by the taxpayer.
The section will apply to cases when stock is sold in the normal course of business but cannot be replaced at the normal time because of an adverse event.
Section 28 extends the 20% special depreciation allowance on plant and machinery and on buildings for employee accommodation by a further year to 31 March 1966.
Special depreciation is allowable as an alternative to initial depreciation on all new farm buildings, including new additions, extensions or capital alterations to existing buildings.
Residences are specifically excluded and will not qualify for special depreciation.
To qualify the buildings must be erected or altered before 1 April 1966.
Additional depreciation on capital improvements to export slaughter houses
Certain overseas countries have now insisted on higher standards of hygiene and inspection in meat export slaughter houses and meat packing houses.
Section 29 provides for an allowance of accelerated depreciation at the rate of 30% on the cost of bringing buildings to the necessary standard.
This will normally be deducted by the taxpayer at the rate of 20% in the year of expenditure and 10% in the following year, but the Commissioner may vary this write off to meet special circumstances.
Section 30 extends the allowance of the 20% initial depreciation in exactly the same manner as for special depreciation in Section 28.
Investment allowance on new manufacturing plant or machinery
Section 31 extends the 10% investment allowance on new manufacturing plant and machinery by a further year to the 31 March 1966.
Investment allowance new farming and agricultural plant and machinery
Section 32 The 10% investment allowance on new farming, plant and machinery is also extended to 31 March 1966.
Vehicles used exclusively for spreading lime and fertiliser on land now qualify, although road vehicles generally do not.
20% West Coast investment allowance
Special conditions apply in the re-development area of the West Coast of the South Island.
Section 33 extends the 20% investment allowance to secondhand plant, machinery, buildings, or extensions to buildings provided the asset is acquired or erected between 1 April 1964 and 31 March 1967.
This special West Coast allowance may be allowed once only on a particular asset.
Additional deduction for fertiliser and lime
Section 34 extends the incentive allowance of 150% of the cost of fertiliser and lime by a further year to 1965 income year. March 1965.
When a farm is purchased during one of the five preceding years the average cost of fertiliser and lime applied in the number of complete years during which the land was farmed by the taxpayer is used for comparison purposes.
Alternatively when the land was acquired by the particular taxpayer in the current year or in the preceding year, the actual total cost of the fertiliser and lime applied by any person in the preceding year will be the base average.
A further amendment permits the Commissioner to make adjustments in unusual circumstances.
Export market development and tourist promotion expenditure
Section 35 extends the period of incentive allowance of the export-market development and tourist promotion of 150% of cost by a further year, to the 31 March 1966.
Increased exports incentive
Section 35A makes it clear that the "assessable income" on which the calculation of the incentive deduction for increased exports is based is the assessable income from a business of businesses in which goods are sold and not necessarily the whole assessable income of the taxpayer.
Losses carried forward by companies
Losses may normally be carried forward for a period of six years.
In the case of companies the carry forward applied provided there was a common share-holding of at least two thirds at the end of the years of loss and subsequent profit.
Section 36 reduces the requirement to a common shareholding of at least 40%.
Excessive remuneration paid by proprietary company
Section 37 gives legislative effect to an administrative practice. It removes the irritations arising from restrictions placed for taxation purposes on remuneration to shareholders or directors of private companies.
The section will not apply when the remuneration is paid to an adult who is employed substantially full time and participates in management, and his remuneration is not influenced by the fact of his being a relative of a shareholder or director.
Interest on convertible notes
Section 37A provides an alternative to the existing provisions that a company which is listed on the stock exchange may deduct interest paid on convertible notes.
The deduction will be permitted in future to any company which, although not officially listed on the stock exchange, has 250 or more shareholders holding ordinary shares.
Repeal of section 144
Section 38 repeals an obsolete section which has never been used.
Bonus issues from pre-1958 profits
Section 39 removes the requirement that bonus shares arising from pre-1958 profits and issued tax free must be separately classified in the company accounts.
Section 40 is related to the previous section and removes the provision that such bonus issues would attract tax if the capital they represent is distributed within ten years of the bonus issue.
Assessment of shareholders in co-op dairy or co-op milk marketing companies
Section 41. When any excess over paid up capital is received by a shareholder in a co-operative dairy company or a co-operative milk marketing company, on realisation of his shares and is treated as income it will be treated as ordinary assessable income and not as a dividend.
Companies mining for specified minerals
Section 42 includes the minerals "Asbestos", "Halloysite" and "Kaolin" in section 152 of the principal Act.
The special code for assessment under that section is to be applied to companies mining for these minerals.
Exemption of certain mining companies from excess retention tax
Section 43 clarifies the practice that excess retention tax cannot apply to certain mining companies.
Exemption from excess retention tax
At present exemption from excess retention tax may be granted to a private company which satisfies the Commissioner that retention of more than 60% of tax paid profit was necessary to purchase productive assets.
This was found to be too restrictive.
Section 44 provides for exemption when retention beyond 60% is shown to be necessary for the purchase of any fixed asset.
This section applies to excess retention tax currently being assessed on income derived during the year ending 31 March 1963.
Relief from excess retention tax
Section 45 deals with excess retention tax and details many of the factors which have given rise to anomalies.
They are removed by giving the Commissioner power to release the company from or defer liability arising from such factors.
This application is the same as the previous section.
Assessments with small balances
Many assessments for very small amounts of tax, either debit or credit, arise every year.
Section 46 gives power for assessments not to be issued where tax is underpaid by £1 or less or overpaid by 5 s. or less.
Amendments to Income Tax Assessment Act 1957 application section
Section 47 is the application section for Part III and relates to provisional tax on income for the year commencing on 1 April 1964 and subsequent years.
Definition of pay period ptaxpayer
Section 48 makes pay period taxpayers those who derive income principally from salary and wages, not exceeding £1,300 instead of £1,040 as previously.
Their tax is paid by deduction at source and they are not required to furnish returns of income, except to obtain refunds of tax overpaid or when because of wrong tax codes the Commissioner is required to collect under-deductions of tax.
Taxpayers retain their present right to apply for an adjustment of tax if so desired.
Non-resident withholding income not provisional income
Section 49 ensures that non-resident withholding income, will not be liable to provisional tax.
Payment of provisional tax
Section 50 provides that provisional tax which previously was payable by instalments of 1/2 of the tax by 7 September and 1/2 by 7 March, will become payable by instalments of 1/3 and 2/3 on the same dates.
In addition a taxpayer who -
- gets more than half of his assessable income from primary production,
- has a balance date later than 31 March,
- can show that at least half of his gross cash income is regularly received after 7 February,
may elect to postpone payment of one half of the second instalment (1/3 of the tax) to 7 May.
Section 51 is a consequential amendment arising from the previous section and fixes similar provisional tax payments for taxpayers who have furnished interim returns.
Estimation of provisional tax
Section 52 allows taxpayers to estimate or re-estimate provisional income up to the last date for payment of any instalment of provisional tax.
Under estimation penalties
Provision for a penalty for under estimation of provisional income, was related to tax payable and was found unnecessarily complicated.
Section 53 now links the penalty to income, not tax, and gives a much wider tolerance for estimation without penalty.
Before a penalty can arise the estimate must be -
- Less than the income of the preceding year,
- Less than 80% of the actual income for the year.
The penalty will be calculated at 10% of the difference between -
- Tax on 80% of the actual income for the year,
- Tax on the estimated income.
Adjustments will be made for source deduction income received in each case.
The penalty will not be imposed when the estimate or re-estimate was genuinely made and circumstances change later.