This guide explains the tax rules relating to foreign investment funds (FIFs). Investors who have certain types of offshore investments may have FIF income.
The FIF tax rules that were introduced for the years beginning on or after 1 April 2007 aimed to encourage savings by low and middle income earners and to remove inconsistencies in the old rules which:
- overtaxed some investors using New Zealand-based managed funds;
- were biased in favour of direct investment in offshore shares; and
- favoured investment in certain countries over others.
You can find more information about foreign share investments here.