Page updated 16 May 2013
Overview of information about government revenue on the Treasury website, including tax outturn data.
What are the government's main sources of revenue?
The government's main sources of revenue come from tax, levies, fees, investment income and from the sales of goods and services.
Total core Crown revenue for the 2011/12 year was $60.6 billion. Tax revenue is the major source of core Crown revenue; this totalled $55.1 billion in the 2011/12 financial year.
See the Treasury's tax topic page for more information on tax revenue.
The Treasury's Role
The Treasury is responsible for forecasting how much tax revenue the government can expect to earn. Twice a year the Treasury publishes Economic and Fiscal Updates which forecast revenue for the following five years.
The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand report on revenue that the government has received.
Inland Revenue also forecasts how much the government is likely to receive in revenue in future years. The Budget Economic and Fiscal Update 2013 has tables showing both departments' forecast figures. The Treasury's forecasts are the Crown's official forecasts.
The Treasury provides tax policy advice jointly with the Inland Revenue.
Key Publications & Data
- Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand
- Economic and Fiscal Updates
- Research and Policy Publications on Taxation issues
- Estimates of Revenue Effects of Tax Rate and Base Changes - A tool used for calculating the effects changes to tax rates would have on the Government's revenue.
- Tax Outturn Data - Tables of monthly tax revenue and receipts from collecting departments.
- Glossary of Tax Terms