What is AIL?
Approved Issuer Levy (AIL) is an alternative to Non-resident Withholding Tax (NRWT). If you are a non-resident of New Zealand for tax purposes and elect in writing to have AIL applied to your interest, then generally a levy of 2% will apply (rather than NRWT of 10% or 15%).
The disadvantage of AIL is that you may not be able to get a credit for the levy against your tax liability in your country of residence.
Things you should know.
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