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Generally speaking, if you are transferring your own money to yourself, you will probably not be required to pay additional taxes on the money. For example, if you are a New Zealander who has moved to Australia and you want to move your savings to Australia, you will usually not be obliged to pay additional tax, as you have already been taxed on your income. Transferring existing money to your spouse is also not usually taxed in most countries.
Once you become a legal resident of a new country, income you earn from overseas will often be taxed, and that income can include capital gains, pension payments, and employment income. Because all countries have different tax structures, it’s best to research the specific countries involved before transferring. Here is a good article on tax obligations of kiwi’s living in Australia: https://www.beyondaccountancy.com.au/something-every-kiwi-in-australia-needs-to-know/.
If you’ve received a hefty inheritance or have sold a property overseas and wish to transfer the money, various taxes may apply such as inheritance tax, capital gains tax or gift tax. However, once those taxes are paid in the local jurisdiction where the assets originate and the funds are yours, you may not have to pay tax again to move the money overseas.
Many, but not all, countries have double-taxation treaties in place, which protect citizens from paying tax on money twice. However, you may be required to provide proof that you have paid the tax, e.g. estate or gift tax to the foreign government.
While you may not need to pay tax on large sums of money being sent abroad, some governments will require you to file a declaration that you are bringing the money into the country. Failing to declare the assets could result in a fine. Again, contact a professional or check the websites of the local tax authorities to see what you need to do to comply.
Pension or retirement accounts often have complicated tax limitations regarding early withdrawal or using the money to fund investments. You should check the local tax laws that apply in both jurisdictions when moving your pension overseas.
There may be different limitations depending on the amount you are planning to transfer, e.g. the entire balance of your retirement account or smaller monthly payments of $5,000.
If you are receiving regular payments from a pension abroad and want to reduce the costs associated with converting the money to your local account, use OFX to get better exchange rates and lower fees on recurring transfers.
Most countries make a distinction between financial gifts and other types of support for family overseas. For example, when paying tuition for study abroad, it is unlikely that you will be taxed on such an expenditure, especially if the child is considered a dependent for income tax purposes.
However, if you simply want to give your mature son or daughter a lump sum of money, it may be considered a gift and there could be tax implications. We recommend you check with your accountant to determine what if any tax obligations you both have.
If you are transferring money for a medical procedure or other health care costs associated with aging relatives, these are not usually considered gifts, but different governments have different guidelines for determining if tax is required.
If your residency status changed during the tax year or you need to pay capital gains tax on assets sold overseas, you can use OFX to transfer money swiftly and securely while saving money on bank fees and margins. Banks often charge a margin of up to 5% on the daily exchange rate in addition to hefty transaction fees, so on a $10,000 transfer, you could pay $500 to your bank. This is too much.
When you are ready to make your overseas money transfer, use OFX so you don’t get stung by high bank fees and margins. Their exchange rates are consistently competitive, so you can keep more of your hard earned cash.