Understanding Taxes for Real Estate Agents

Understanding Taxes for Real Estate Agents in New Zealand | NCTBK

As a real estate agent in New Zealand, you have a lot on your plate. From finding clients to closing deals, your time is precious. However, it’s crucial to understand the various tax types that apply to your business to avoid penalties and stay compliant with New Zealand tax laws.

At NCTBK, we’re committed to helping real estate agents like you stay on top of your tax obligations. Here’s a breakdown of the main tax types that real estate agents need to be aware of:


Income Tax

All income earned by a real estate agent in New Zealand is subject to income tax. This includes commissions earned from property sales, as well as any other income generated from your real estate business.

Schedular Payments

As a real estate agent, you may also be subject to withholding tax on your commission payments. The default rate for real estate agents is 20%, but you have the option to increase the withholding tax rate if you want to ensure you’re paying enough tax.

Goods and Services Tax

Real estate agents must also register for and charge GST on their commission income. The current GST rate in New Zealand is 15%, and you’re required to register for GST if your annual turnover is expected to be $60,000 or more. Once registered, you must file regular GST returns with the IRD.

Provisional Tax

Real estate agents who earn over $5,000 in terminal tax are required to pay provisional tax. This is when the IRD estimates (based on the previous year) how much tax you’re going to owe. Failure to make provisional tax payments can result in penalties and interest charges.

ACC Levies

Real estate agents are also subject to ACC levies, which are a type of insurance premium that covers you for workplace accidents and injuries. The amount you pay in ACC levies is based on your income, and the levies are paid as part of your income tax.

At NCTBK, we understand that tax compliance can be a daunting task for real estate agents. That’s why we offer personalised tax services that are tailored to your unique needs. From tax planning to filing returns, we can help you stay on top of your tax obligations so that you can focus on what you do best – closing deals.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you succeed as a real estate agent in New Zealand.