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Proposed Solutions to RWT for Small Businesses

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RWT on dividends between companies

With amendments being made to sections RE 2(5), this now limits the definition of “resident passive income”. This section excludes fully imputed dividends paid to a corporate shareholder if the paying company chooses to exclude the dividend from the definition.

This will allow a company to opt out of withholding RWT on a fully imputed dividend paid to another company.

The above amendments were needed because of company tax rate being lowered from 33% to 28%. Dividends were effectively overtaxed by the amount of RWT withheld.

RWT on dividends and interest payments made by closely held companies to their shareholders

Currently subject to the attachment of imputation credits, the RWT rate on dividends is a flat 33%. Due to the company tax rate being lowered to 28%, even fully imputed dividends must have RWT deducted.

This leads to over-taxation for individual shareholders who are not on the top personal tax rate. Any excess RWT then needs to be claimed as a refund when the tax return for the relevant income year is filed, which not only means refund delays but also a compliance burden on those individuals who may not otherwise have had to file a return.

Proposed solution

There have been discussions to allow a close company to elect to remove RWT on dividends and interest payments. One possible solution to do this is the company directors providing a guarantee RWT portion shall be paid. In the absence of non-payment, they will be personally liable for the payment. One this proposal is passed, there shall be forms published by the IRD which will allow small business to elect for RWT exemption. This will really help small businesses to declare divided without complication and compliance cost of managing and paying RWT. Recipient will be able to pay the RWT portion of tax via their tax return.

Watch this space for further development on this front

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Saurav Wadhwa is a Principal Accountant at IBBZ Accounting Limited


M Bus (TAX) PG Cert (LAW) CA CPA


Membership and Qualification:


- Masters in Professional Business Studies (Taxation) with Distinction from Auckland University of Technology


- Post Graduate Certificate in LAW, Law School at Auckland University of Technology


- Chartered Accountant(CA), New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)


- Certified Practicing Accountant(CPA), CPA Australia


- Bachelor of Commerce, Grad. Cert. in Business from Auckland University of Technology


Saurav Wadhwa


Saurav has many years of practical experience in tax & accounting services and is the co-founder of IBBZ Accounting Limited.  He is qualified both in law and accounting. Saurav has worked in various tax & accounting specialist roles for large corporates in New Zealand. He loves to work with Small Businesses.


His key focus is on:



  • Tax advisory for small and family operated businesses on a wide range of taxation issues.

  • Legitimate tax saving structures.

  • Advising on range of new business issues.

  • Ensuring business growth is attained.

  • Effective cash flow planning.


Saurav specialises in Tax Disputes resolution, Tax Relief applications, Tax Debt resolution/management, and representation in Tax Audit. Saurav can represent you in Taxation Review Authority,  in Tax Dispute Court Cases or he can represent you during Tax Audit Investigations.


Blend of skills in Tax laws and accounting, makes him perfect advisor for small businesses and individuals like you. Saurav understands how to safeguard your business from creditors risk, maximise the business growth and pay low taxes. He can be your good strategic and business partner. He is of a friendly nature and easily approachable.


Saurav understands the numbers very well. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and registered with highest professional accounting bodies of Australia and New Zealand. He can help you to plan for the future to satisfy all your financial needs.



Consumed by a hunger for knowledge, Saurav has never stopped furthering his education or expanding his pool of knowledge. Nothing gives Saurav more satisfaction than assisting his clients to achieve their financial goals. His diligence, passion and accuracy has earned him a reputation as a reliable professional who strives to serve his clients above and beyond the call of his duties.



Saurav was nominated for the Best Accountant of the year and the Young Entrepreneur of the year, and his company IBBZ Accounting won the award of Best Small Business 2014. In 2015 Saurav won the award of Best Accountant of the Year.


In 2017 Saurav was appointed as a committee member to New Zealand Public Practice Board of CPA Australia. 



Saurav is a dedicated family man. Saurav is very fond of outdoor activities and enjoys pretty much all outdoor activities: running, bike, motorbike, snorkel, fishing, skiing etc. Saurav, is also a self-confessed workaholic, spends some of his free time thinking about his client’s affairs and forecasting their financial future.


He can be contacted on saurav@ibbz.co.nz  or 09 272 8050

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