Tax – Gift Duty

Gift Duty was abolished in New Zealand as from 1 October 2011.

  • There is no paperwork to be lodged with the IRD after that date.

IRD website explains gift duties prior to 1 October 2011 well on their website:

Gift Definition: Gift is something when given:

  • Nothing is received in return.
  • Something is received in return but with a lesser value than the original gift. The difference in value between the gift given and gift received is then the value of the gift.

Examples of Gifts:

  • Transfers of any items (eg Company shares or land).
  • Creating a Trust.
  • Allowing a debt to remain outstanding.
  • A reduction or forgiveness of debt.
  • Any form of payment.

When should I record a Deed of Gift?

  • For substantial gifts it is recommended that a Deed of Gift be recorded.
  • Your lawyer can assist you with this.

Can a gift be set aside?

  • The Property Law Act 2007, Child Support Act 1991 and the Insolvency Act 2006 all contain clauses giving the Courts the power to set aside gifts.

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