Boosted from the get-go
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Making contributions

Automatic contributions

If you're in paid employment, you'll make contributions to your Booster KiwiSaver Scheme account directly from your salary or wages. The money comes out of your earnings before they're taxed – your 'gross' salary or wages.

You choose to contribute at one of the following rates:

  • 3%
  • 4%
  • 8%.

The default rate is 3% and this is the minimum you can contribute. To change your contribution rate, you'll need to let your employer know in writing by:

  • a letter, telling them of your new contribution rate (either 3%, 4% or 8%) or
  • completing a KiwiSaver deduction form (KS2) and giving it to your employer. You can find the form here

Extra contributions

You can also choose to top up your account through:

This is a great way to add to your retirement savings – especially if you’re self-employed and don't pay yourself a salary or wages.

These voluntary contributions can also help ensure you receive member tax credits (MTCs) each year, if your employee contributions aren't quite enough.

Employer contributions

Your employer must contribute to your KiwiSaver, although there are some exceptions.

Your employer must pay in an amount that's equal to at least 3% of your 'gross' salary or wages – what you're paid before tax is taken off.

Member tax credit contributions

Provided you're contributing, the government will also make contributions to your KiwiSaver. This takes the form of member tax credits (MTCs) each year.

You need to pay in a certain amount each year to make sure you get the full member tax credit, but you get some MTCs if you put in less than the full amount.