The Executive Summary is the Minister's overview of all the Budget information and contains the main points for the media and general public.
This year the Key Facts for Taxpayers has been incorporated in the Executive Summary.
The Minister's Executive Summary is available for viewing or download in PDF and HTML formats. Using PDF Files
Solid economic growth is continuing
The outlook for the economy remains positive, with growth of 2.8 per cent on average over the next four years, which means more jobs, higher incomes and opportunities for families to get ahead.
- By mid-2019, the number of people in work is expected to rise by another 150,000, and average wages are expected to rise by $7,000 to $63,000 a year.
- The unemployment rate is expected to fall below 5 per cent in 2016.
- Unusually in the context of solid economic growth, cost of living increases are currently very low with annual CPI inflation of 0.1 per cent.
- Low inflation means interest rates will likely stay lower for longer – helping households with a mortgage and businesses wanting to invest for growth.
But lower-than-expected inflation also means that tax revenue is not rising as quickly as expected, despite solid growth in the real economy.
- Tax revenue is forecast to be $4.5 billion lower over this year and the next three years, compared to Budget 2014.
- Economic growth (real GDP)
- CPI inflation
The Crown's books are in good shape
The Government is making good progress on its fiscal priorities. Operating balances are growing over time and debt is reducing as the Government maintains its careful and responsible management of public spending.
Expenditure is firmly under control. Despite the lower-than-expected revenue increases, the overall trajectory of improvement has not changed. The books have come from an $18.4 billion deficit four years ago to show steadily rising surpluses.
- Total Crown OBEGAL
- Net core Crown debt
Budget 2015 forecasts show a deficit of $684 million for 2014/15, $2.2 billion less than the deficit in 2013/14. A surplus of $176 million is expected in 2015/16, rising to $3.6 billion in 2018/19.
Rather than cutting spending to chase a surplus, Budget 2015 maintains spending allowances of $1 billion.
- 19.7% of GDP
Net debt in 2020/21, in line with the Government's key long-term objective
- $500 million
ACC levy cuts allowed for in Budget 2015
- $2.5 billion
Budget 2017 allowance provides options for modest tax reductions should conditions allow
$790 million child hardship package
Budget 2015 includes a package to reduce hardship among children in New Zealand's poorest families, as the next step in the Government's commitment to address the long-term drivers of deprivation.
This package strikes a balance that offers more support to low-income families with children, while ensuring there remains a strong incentive for parents to move from welfare to work. From 1 April 2016 we are:
- Strengthening work obligations for beneficiary parents.
Most sole parents, and partners of beneficiaries, will have to be available for part-time work of 20 hours a week once their youngest child turns three.
- Raising benefit rates for families.
Benefit rates for families with children will rise by $25 a week after tax. This is the first time since 1972 that core benefit rates have been increased by more than inflation.
- Increasing Working for Families payments.
Lower-income working families not on a benefit will get up to $12.50 a week extra from Working for Families, and some very low-income working families will get $24.50 extra.
- Increasing Childcare Assistance.
The subsidy rate for low-income families will increase from $4 an hour to $5 an hour for up to 50 hours of childcare a week per child. This covers both the Childcare Subsidy for pre-schoolers and the OSCAR subsidy for out-of-school care and school holiday programmes.
These new measures, which will have a meaningful impact for recipient families, follow last year's $500 million children and families package which included free doctors' visits and prescriptions for children under 13.
Delivering better public services
Budget 2015 provides $1.7 billion for New Zealand's public health services, increasing the Government's total health investment to $15.9 billion in 2015/16.
to DHBs for extra services, cost pressures and population growth
for elective surgeries and prevention and treatment of orthopaedic conditions
for hospices and 60 new palliative care nurses
to extend the bowel cancer screening pilot
Over $680 million for early childhood, primary and secondary education, taking total spending to $10.8 billion in 2015/16.
from the Future Investment Fund for new schools and classrooms
to enable more children to attend early childhood education for more hours
to boost schools' operational grants by 1 per cent
to continue teacher aide support for 1,500 additional students with special needs
Further social sector initiatives in Budget 2015 include:
for Whānau Ora navigators, to help families tackle problems together
to reduce welfare dependency, with extra case management to help people into work
for vulnerable children interventions, including Children's Teams
for front-line policing and crime prevention
Note: All funding for operating initiatives detailed in this document are four year totals.
Investing in a more productive and competitive economy
The Government's plan is set out in the Business Growth Agenda, and the Budget adds the following initiatives:
for research and development growth grants
to establish Regional Research Institutes for scientific research
for New Zealand's higher education system
to increase the number of labour inspectors and strengthen enforcement of employment law
to support councils implement resource management and water reforms
to manage increased demand for border services
$939 million of new capital investment from the Future Investment Fund for priority infrastructure.
for the extension of Ultra-Fast Broadband
for KiwiRail to maintain the national rail network
on regional roads and urban cycleways
for Lincoln University to rebuild its science facilities
Budget 2015 savings initiatives include:
- Removing the $1,000 KiwiSaver kick-start payment which has cost taxpayers $2.5 billion since the scheme began.
- Introducing a new levy to fund passenger-related biosecurity and customs activities at our border. It is fairer that these costs fall on travellers.
As Christchurch moves deeper into the rebuild phase, Budget 2015 provides an additional $108 million to support the recovery, taking the total contribution to $16.5 billion. This will fund land clearances to make way for Anchor Projects, preparation of land before those constructions begin and ensuring the planned recovery work is implemented over the next four years. A full breakdown is provided below.
- The Government's total contribution to the Christchurch rebuild since September 2010 is around $16.5 billion
Continuing our focus on housing
The Government is taking extra steps to bolster and enforce the tax rules on property. Subject to consultation, from 1 October this year:
- All non-residents and New Zealanders buying and selling any property other than their main home must provide a New Zealand IRD number.
- All non-resident buyers and sellers must provide their tax identification number from their home country, along with current identification requirements such as a passport.
- To ensure our full anti-money laundering rules apply to non-residents before they buy a property, non-residents must have a New Zealand bank account before they can get a New Zealand IRD number.
- A new "bright line" test will be introduced for non-residents and New Zealanders buying residential property. Under this new test, gains from residential property sold within two years of purchase will be taxed, unless the property is the seller's main home, inherited from a deceased estate or sold as part of a relationship property settlement.
The Government will investigate introducing a withholding tax for non-residents selling residential property, to be introduced in mid-2016 after consultation. The Budget provides Inland Revenue with a further $29 million for property tax compliance.
Other housing initiatives in Budget 2015 include:
- $35 million
to implement the social housing programme
- $35 million
to improve housing outcomes for Māori
- $52 million
for developing Crown-owned land in Auckland for housing development
Key Facts for Taxpayers
Who pays income tax... and how much?
taxable income ($)
|Number of people||Tax paid|
|1 - 10,000||341||10||158||1|
|10,001 - 20,000||632||18||1,133||4|
|20,001 - 30,000||487||14||1,590||5|
|30,001 - 40,000||318||9||1,636||6|
|40,001 - 50,000||321||9||2,197||8|
|50,001 - 60,000||305||9||2,873||10|
|60,001 - 70,000||212||6||2,659||9|
|70,001 - 80,000||168||5||2,625||9|
|80,001 - 90,000||117||3||2,186||7|
|90,001 - 100,000||73||2||1,610||6|
|100,001 - 125,000||108||3||2,939||10|
|125,001 - 150,000||47||1||1,650||6|
This table includes tax on NZ Superannuation and major Social Welfare benefits, but excludes ACC levies, Working for Families and independent earner tax credits. Only individuals of working age are included, ie, 16 years and above.
Data are projected for the year ending March 2016. Access to the Household Economic Survey data was provided by Statistics New Zealand under conditions designed to give effect to the security and confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act 1975. The results presented here are the work of the Treasury, not Statistics New Zealand. Figures may not sum to total due to rounding.
Personal income tax scale
10.5c per $1 on income up to $14,000
17.5c per $1 on income between $14,001 and $48,000
30c per $1 on income between $48,001 and $70,000
33c per $1 on income over $70,000
How does a 1% point change affect tax?
|Estimated effect on revenue in 2015/16 of a
one-percentage point change in the growth of:
|wages and salaries||300|
|taxable business profits||140|
|spending by households||175|
What is the full-year cost of...?
|$1 a week increase (in the hand) in NZ Super||35|
|$1 a week increase (in the hand) in other benefits||15|
|$1 billion increase in government debt||35|
Company tax rate
The company tax rate is 28%
The GST rate is 15%
Ready reckoner for tax rate and base changes: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/revenue/estimatesrevenueeffects
Core Crown Revenue and Expenses
- Core Crown Revenue
2015/16: $74.9b (30.0% of GDP)
Other direct tax includes resident interest and dividend withholding taxes. Other indirect tax includes customs, excise and gaming duties. Note: Core Crown excludes Crown entities and State-owned enterprises.
- Core Crown Expenses
2015/16: $74.9b (30.0% of GDP)
Social security and welfare includes New Zealand Superannuation, Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit, Supported Living Payment and Sole Parent Support.
- Revenue recovery continues, with ongoing spending restraint
Crown Balance Sheet – what we own and we owe
New Zealand's economic and fiscal performance is among the strongest in the developed world
- Forecast trading partner economic growth
- Source: Treasury Forecasts
- General Government Fiscal Balance
- General Government Gross Debt
- Source: International Monetary Fund Fiscal Monitor, April 2015.
These are internationally comparable definitions so differ slightly from fiscal indicators generally used in New Zealand.
Budget 2015 new operating spending, savings and revenue initiatives
|Child Hardship Package||-||71||245||238||237||790|
|Other Social Sector||7||159||109||110||117||501|
|Business Growth Agenda||29||131||74||94||96||425|
|Canterbury Earthquake Recovery||68||97||6||3||2||176|
|Reprioritisation and savings||(65)||(278)||(259)||(253)||(240)||(1,095)|
|Net new spending||42||953||1,040||998||1,031||4,063|
Budget 2015 allocation of the Future Investment Fund
The Future Investment Fund was established to invest the money released by selling minority shareholdings in electricity companies and reducing the Government's stake in Air New Zealand.
- Budget 2015 allocation of the Future Investment Fund
The Government's total contribution to the Christchurch rebuild since September 2010 is around $16.5 billion
- The Government's total contribution to the Christchurch rebuild since September 2010
Making better use of data
- Estimated average future costs to age 35
by interactions with the welfare system and Child, Youth and Family (CYF), before age 13