I have a question about tax residency. I live in Laos, but I am in NZ for a short trip. I have been asked by the ANZ

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JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: I live in Laos, but I am in NZ for a short trip.
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I have been asked by the ANZ bank to give information on my tax residency, and to be honest I am confused.
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Customer: I have been employed as a teacher in Laos, but I also have a small not for profit enterprise in Laos. So I just want to know what tax residency means and if I am a tax resident
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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If your primary place of residence is Laos then that is your tax residency country

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tax residency has nothing to do with whether you're an employee or an employer, its just about where you live.
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Generally yes.

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You become a New Zealand tax resident when the first of these happens:

  • you’ve been in New Zealand for more than 183 days in any 12-month period
  • you have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand.

Counting the 183 days

Also called the 183-day rule, you'll need to know how to count 'days present' in New Zealand.

  • Parts of days (such as the day you arrive and leave) count as whole days towards the 183 days.
  • The 183 days do not need to follow each other.

Your New Zealand tax residency status is backdated to the first of the 183 days.

A permanent place of abode

You have a permanent place of abode if you have a place where you usually live in New Zealand.

A place where you usually live in New Zealand

This is somewhere, such as a house, where you normally live in New Zealand even if you are not there all the time.

You do not need to own the place. The place does not need to be vacant while you're away. For example, you might own a house and rent it out when you are not there.

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I teach english in Laos, so I understand I am a tax resident there. My employer deducts tax from my pay and pays to the Lao government. My wife also teaches English occasionally, would she also need to declare her tax residency as Laos?
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Yes

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