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Inland Revenue

Tax Policy

PUBLISHED 8 August 2005

NZDF trouble spot allowances

The government will introduce legislative changes to ensure that special allowances paid to NZ Defence force personnel while serving in overseas trouble spots are automatically exempt from income tax. The changes will streamline an existing tax exemption and be included in the next taxation bill. For more information see the government's media statement.

Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Minister of Revenue

Hon Mark Burton
Minister of Defence


Tax law on defence force allowances to be clarified

Special allowances paid to members of the armed forces in overseas trouble spots will be automatically exempt from income tax under legislation proposed by the government.

Announcing the move today, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen and Defence Minister Mark Burton said it would be included in the first taxation bill to be introduced into Parliament after the election and will apply from the date of enactment.

"The change will clarify the difference between the tax treatment of ordinary pay and allowances and the special allowances paid to service personnel in recognition of the increased military and environmental dangers associated with operational deployment overseas," the Ministers said.

To secure tax exemption under the current law and to protect entitlement to income tested benefits such as family assistance and the accommodation supplement, it has been necessary to pay the allowances under the Social Security Act administered by the Ministry of Social Development.

Contact: Patricia Herbert [press secretary, Dr Cullen] 04 471 9412 or 021 270 9013
Debbie Hannan [press secretary, Mr Burton] 04 471 9738 or 021 502 914

Technical inquiries to Helen McDonald 04 471 9728