Tax improvements for volunteer reimbursements

  Posted on 3rd April 2019 by Nick Cottrell in UFBA blog, UFBA News

After nearly a year we’ve heard about some improvements for volunteer reimbursements. This follows our contribution to a submission with Volunteering NZ last April to the Tax Working Group, as advocate of one of New Zealand’s largest volunteer workforces. The submission identified an issue around Individual Volunteer Reimbursements and Honoraria Payments with Individuals receiving tax penalties and/or ACC levies applied to their reimbursements and honoraria paid to them through their volunteer contribution.

From 1 April, there will be improvements to the tax requirements for payments made to volunteers, meaning that volunteers will not be liable for an ACC payment against any payment made by Fire and Emergency NZ.

Fire and Emergency echoed concerns with their submission and as a result of a recent tax legislation change, they now have a new administrative process for the payment of volunteer reimbursements.  This will reduce the burden of administration for many volunteers.

Further information on this new process and implications are available on FENZ website here.

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