There are two methods under which UK pension transfers may be taxed in New Zealand:
The ‘Schedule method’: Under this method a person is taxed on the amount of their UK pension transfer based on their “attachment to New Zealand”, that is the number of years that they have been tax resident in New Zealand (not counting the 48-month exemption period) prior to them transferring their UK pension. The amount of the transfer that is taxable in New Zealand is a percentage of the amount transferred, as determined by the schedule. This is the default method for calculating the taxable amount arising from your UK pension transfer. I am happy to assist you in estimating the amount of New Zealand taxable income arising from the transfer of your UK pension under the Schedule method should you wish.
The ‘Formula method’: This method seeks to determine the actual growth in the amount transferred during the time you are tax resident in New Zealand. You can choose to use the formula method instead of the (default) schedule method, unless you have previously used the schedule method for a previous transfer from your UK pension scheme.
The New Zealand tax rules applying to the transfer of UK pensions are complex. Accordingly, if you have any concern about the tax consequences of the transfer, we recommend that you seek specialist tax advice before proceeding with the transfer. We are happy to assist in arranging such advice should you wish.