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Changes to KiwiSaver – what do they mean for you?

Changes to KiwiSaver – what do they mean for you?

The Government has made some changes to KiwiSaver that include:

  • Introducing more contribution rate options for employees (from 1 April 2019)
  • Reducing the maximum period for ‘contribution holidays’ (from 1 April 2019)
  • Allowing people over 65 to join (from 1 July 2019).
More contribution rates for employees.

From 1 April 2019, it’s intended that you’ll also be able to contribute at 3%, 4%, 6%, 8% and 10% of your pay. 6% and 10% rates are the new options. Perhaps review your level of contributions when you receive a pay increase, it’s a great time to take the opportunity to save a little more.

Savings suspension timeframe reduces

‘Contribution holiday’ is now called ‘savings suspension’ and the maximum period for savings suspensions reduces from 5 years to 1 year. You need to apply directly to Inland Revenue each year to renew a savings suspension.

If you’re not making personal contributions to your KiwiSaver then you may also be missing out on the government’s contributions of up to $521.43 each year. That can add up to a lot over time, e.g. potentially $5,214.30 over 5 years. See the above article to check out how to qualify for the ‘free’ Government money.

Removing the age 65 restriction on joining

From 1 July 2019, the age 65 restriction on joining is removed and this group of New Zealanders (and permanent residents) will be able to join a KiwiSaver. The 5-year lock-in period on joining is also removed. There is no change to the age at which you qualify to withdraw your KiwiSaver savings, this remains age 65.

This provides a convenient and cost-effective investment option to just holding all your savings in a bank account or on fixed deposit.

Tell your friends and family about Christian KiwiSaver Scheme. They may be interested in joining and investing in a KiwiSaver scheme that is invested under an ethical investment policy and Christian values

KiwiSaver gives the self-employed great options

KiwiSaver gives the self-employed great options

If you’re self-employed then KiwiSaver provides a handy and cost-effective option to save for retirement. If you know someone who is self-employed then tell them, your friends and your family about Christian KiwiSaver Scheme, a KiwiSaver scheme for Christians that reflects Christian values and is founded on ethical and responsible investment principles. Send them a link to this article.

You don’t have to be in paid employment to join, it’s open to:

  • workers who are self-employed
  • those not in paid employment
  • students
  • children.

Self-employed people have great options:

  • They can choose the amount they save in KiwiSaver
  • They can make contributions on a regular basis or lump sum payments every so often
  • They choose their KiwiSaver scheme (pick ours!)
  • They are entitled to the government’s annual contribution of up to $1,042.86
  • They are entitled to all of the other KiwiSaver benefits.

It’s never too late or too early to start but the earlier saving starts the better off the saver is likely to be. Saving a little over a long time has proven to be a really good option.