KiwiSaver Contribution Rates

  • From 1st April 2013 the minimum employee and employer KiwiSaver Contribution Rates are both 3%.
  • An employee can choose whether to contribute 3%, 4% or 8%.
  • An employee does this by giving their employer a KS2 Employee Deductions form.
  • Even if an employee is a KiwiSaver member, no KiwiSaver deductions are required if no PAYE is deducted. Section 62
How To Access
  • All KiwiSaver related employee maintenance is performed from the F3 Employee Maintenance screen.
  • Note the KiwiSaver tab.
  • Also remember this screen can be accessed whilst calculating pays, thus allowing changes to be made "on the fly".
  • To change an employee's contribution rate, simply click their current contribution rate as shown below, then select the required value.

Section 62 KiwiSaver Act 2006
When subpart does not apply

This subpart does not apply to an employer in respect of an employee, or to a payment of salary or wages,

(a) if section 20(2) has required the employer to stop making deductions after an opt-out; or

(b) if the employee has given or shown the employer a notice of a contributions holiday, or the Commissioner has notified the employer of a contributions holiday, that has been granted under subpart 4, for so long as the employer is satisfied that the employee is on that contributions holiday; or

(c) if, in accordance with the PAYE rules, no tax deduction is required to be made from the payment of salary or wages at the time the payment is made.

Section 64 KiwiSaver Act 2006
Contribution rate

(1) The contribution rate, in relation to an employee and to an employer and to each payment of salary or wages, is

(a) 3% of the employee's gross salary or wages, if

(i) section 60(1)(a), (b) or (c) first applied in respect of the employee on or after 1 April 2009 and the employee has not given his or her employer a notice under subsection (2); or

(ii) section 66A applied in respect of the employee immediately before 1 April 2009; or

(ab) 4% of the employee's gross salary or wages, if section 60(1)(a), (b) or (c) first applied in respect of the employee before 1 April 2009 and the employee has not given his or her employer a notice under paragraph (b); or

(b) 8% of the employee's gross salary or wages if the employee gives his or her employer a notice requiring contributions to be deducted at that rate.

(2) Despite subsection (1), the employee may change their contribution rate from their current contribution rate described in subsection (1) to another rate in that subsection (new rate) by giving notice to their employer of the new rate.

(3) The new rate applies to the next payment of salary or wages that is calculated after the employer receives that notice.

(4) An employee may not change his or her contribution rate in relation to an employer at intervals that are less than 3 months apart unless the employer agrees.

Editors Note:
This section includes the legislative changes made in December 2008.

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KiwiSaver Forms

image KS1 Employee Details
An employer uses this form to notify Inland Revenue about
  • a new employee being enrolled automatically.
  • an existing employee opting in.
image KS2 KiwiSaver Deductions
An employee uses this form to provide details to an employer if they are
  • starting new employment.
  • an existing employee opting in.
  • a member contribution rate change.
image KS3 Employee Information
An introductory guide for an employee about the KiwiSaver scheme.
KS4 KiwiSaver Employer Guide
A 36 page overview of your KiwiSaver responsibilities as an employer.
KS6 Contributions Holiday
An employee uses this form to request a contributions holiday.
image KS10 New Employee Opt Out
An employee uses this form if they have been automatically enrolled and don't want to be a member of KiwiSaver.