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NZ Super rates

The current rates of  New Zealand Superannuation (NZ Super) below are intended as a guide only. If you want to know more about the level of NZ Super you would be entitled to, contact Work and Income on 0800 552 002 (have your IRD number handy) or visit the Work and Income website.

Standard rates from 1 April 2014

Here are the standard rates of NZ Super from 1 April 2014 after tax has been deducted at rate 'M'. For other tax codes, see the Work and Income website.

Standard NZ Super Rates (for tax code M)
Qualifying as Weekly rate Annual rate

Single – living alone

$366.94

$19,080.88

Single – sharing

$338.71

$17,612.92

Married, civil union or de facto couple: One partner qualifies (and the other is not included)

$282.26

$14,677.52

Married, civil union or de facto couple:  Both partners qualify.

$282.26 each

$564.52 jointly

$14,677.52 each

$29,355.04 jointly

Married, civil union or de facto couple: One partner qualifies and the other is included *

$536.54

$27,900.08

Source: Ministry of Social Development 

* If you have a partner who doesn't already qualify for their own NZ Super, you can choose to include them in your payments. If you do this you could both get paid but any other income either of you earn could affect how much you get. If your payments started before October 1991, you may get more than the amount shown above.

For help working out the best option, contact Work and Income on 0800 552 002.

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Tax on NZ Super and other income

NZ Super is taxed before you get it, but you still need to pay tax on any other income you get. If you do have other income or receive an overseas pension, talk to Inland Revenue about your tax rate so you don’t get a tax bill at the end of the year.

Call Inland Revenue on 0800 227 774 (have your IRD number handy).

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