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Employee Deductions

PAYE Deductions

PAYE (pay as you earn) is the basic deduction made from an employees’ wages. It includes an ACC earners’ levy. PAYE deduction tables and an online calculator are tools to help calculate the amount to deduct.

Student Loan Deductions

You must make student loan repayment deductions for employees using a primary (main) tax code, when they earn above the pay period repayment threshold. If they are using a secondary tax code you must make student loan repayment deductions from all of their secondary earnings. You can also be asked to make voluntary or compulsory extra deductions.

Child Support Deductions

As an employer, you may need to make child support deductions from an employee’s pay. If so, we will send you notice of the amount to deduct.

Superannuation Contributions

Employer superannuation contributions (formerly specified superannuation contributions) are made by an employer for an employee’s benefit. They are subject to tax (ESCT, formerly SSCWT) which may be deducted at one of three different rates. Employer superannuation contributions are different to any deductions that an employee asks an employer to make from their wages to a superannuation scheme.


From 1 July 2007 employers must deduct employees’ KiwiSaver contributions from their before-tax pay using the PAYE system. All employers must make KiwiSaver available to new staff, unless the employer qualifies for an exemption from automatic enrolment.

Tax Credits for Payroll donations

Tax credits for payroll donations are calculated for each employee who makes a donation using payroll giving. The amount of the tax credit is 33 1/3 cents for each dollar donation. This is reflected in the reduced PAYE payable.

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