Did you know that for every dollar you put into your KiwiSaver account, the Government puts in 50 cents - up to $521.43 each year? This Government contribution is paid into your AMP KiwiSaver Scheme account in late July or early August.
How the Government contribution works
You have until 25 June to top up AMP KiwiSaver Scheme account to allow for processing. To receive the full $521.43, you need to have contributed at least $1,042.86 into your KiwiSaver account between 1 July of the previous year and 30 June of the current year, and have been a member for the full year. Otherwise you'll only get a portion equal to your part year membership. If you can't contribute the full $1,042.86 you will still receive 50c for every dollar you do contribute.
If your contributions come out of your salary, you can view them by logging into 'My KiwiSaver' at kiwisaver.govt.nz. All you'll need is your IRD number. If you make contributions directly to AMP, login or register for My AMP or download the My AMP app.
Contributing regularly makes all the difference
The graph1 indicates the compounding effect of your personal contributions and the Government contribution if joined at age 18 and remained an eligible member of KiwiSaver until 65. Over a lifetime the Government contribution can amount to more than $24,507.21 for your retirement.
How can I check my most up-to-date contributionsShow more
- Contributions via salary, wages or payments direct via IRD
The best way to check the total contributions you've made so far for the year starting 1 July is by visiting kiwisaver.govt.nz and by clicking ‘My Kiwisaver’ in the top right hand cover. Here you can view all the money deducted from your salary (if any) for your KiwiSaver account and paid via Inland Revenue.
It's easy to login or register for the first time. All you'll need is your IRD number.
It's important to use kiwisaver.govt.nz if you are an employee, as the Government calculates your Governement contribution entitlement based on when IRD receives your contributions, not when they're paid into your AMP KiwiSaver Scheme account.
- Contributions direct to AMP
You can get your most up-to-date information at My AMP. When you first joined the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme, you were given a username and password; if you have logged on previously, these are still valid. If you have not previously checked your balance online, or have forgotten your details, you can retrieve your username and password or register for the first time online. You'll just need your AMP KiwiSaver Scheme member number.
What happens if I contribute more than $1,042.86 to my AMP KiwiSaver Scheme account?Show more
The Government will not make additional contributions on any amount above $1,042.86 that is paid in this KiwiSaver year. However, making extra contributions when you can afford to can be a good way to grow your retirement savings.
If you have any further questions about the Governement contribution, please talk to your Adviser or call us on 0800 AMP KIWI (267 5494).
Am I eligible for the Government contribution?Show more
You will be eligible for the Government contribution while you contribute to a Kiwisaver Scheme from the age 18 and your qualifying date.
You will need to reside mainly in New Zealand, unless you are a Government employee living overseas or you are volunteering (or working for token payment) for specified charitable organisations.
Qualifying Date means:
If you joined KiwiSaver before 1 July 2019
Your qualifying date is the later of:
- age 65 years; or
- five years after you first joined a KiwiSaver scheme or, if you transferrred to KiwiSaver from a complying superannuation fund, five years after you joined that fund.
If you joined before 1 July 2019, and your qualifying date is later than age 65, you might be interested to know that from 1 April 2020, you will be able to choose age 65 as your qualifying date. Just keep in mind if you do so, you will lose you eligibility for any future Government and compulsory employer contributions (though your employer may choose to continue to contribute).
If you joined KiwiSaver after 1 July 2019
Your qualifying date is either:
- age 65 years; or
- if you have transferred to KiwiSaver from a complying superannuation fund which you joined before 1 July 2019, your qualifying date will be either the later of age 65 or five years after you joined that fund.
If this applies to you, from 1 April 2020 you will be able to make a withdrawal at age 65 even if your qualifying date is later. Just keep in mind if you do so, you will lose your eligibility for any future Government and compulsory employer contributions (though your employer may choose to continue to contribute).
The KiwiSaver Government contribution year runs from 1 July to 30 June.
If you join a KiwiSaver scheme, or turn 18 years old part-way through a KiwiSaver tax year (1 July to 30 June), you’ll receive a the Government contribution on the number of days in the year you’ve been an eligible member. This may mean you might not receive the maximum $521.43.
The information on this page reflects AMP’s understanding of the Government’s current policy on the Government contribution . This policy could change in the future.
For more information on the Government contribution please talk to your Adviser or call us 0800 267 5494.
Important informationShow more
1The Government contribution calculation is for illustration purposes only and is in today's dollars, before taking into account returns, fees, inflation and taxes, and is based on the assumption that a new member joins KiwiSaver at age 18, keeps making minimum personal contributions of $1,042.86 per year, remains eligible for Government contributions and receives the full contribution each year until 65. Compounding effect equals a sum of your regular annual personal contributions of $1,042.86 to your KiwiSaver account and Government contributions over 47 years of KiwiSaver membership.
AMP Wealth Management New Zealand Limited is the issuer and manager of the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme (the 'Scheme'). The Supervisor of the Scheme is The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited.