To Pay or Not to Pay? Practical Guidance on the Residential Land Withholding Tax (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1.25 CPD Hrs
At your desk or on your portable device


The new Residential Land Withholding Tax which came into effect on 1 July 2016 will present a number challenges to property lawyers and conveyancers. This On Demand webinar, presented by a technical advisor from the IRD, a taxation expert and a senior property lawyer provides timely guidance on the effect of the Act on property transactions and suggests practical solutions to common problems that may arise.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about the application of the new legislation particularly in respect of the definitions of offshore persons and relevant exemptions.
  • Understand more about the expectations of the IRD and be made aware of potential traps and problems.
  • Gain insights into how to apply the new law in practice and how to deal with its provisions when settling a transaction either for the seller or the purchaser.

Who should view?

Property lawyers, tax lawyers, trust lawyers, commercial lawyers and legal executives.


Keiran Kennedy
Senior Technical Advisor (Policy)
Policy & Strategy, Inland Revenue

Keiran is a tax lawyer who has been involved with the development of the RLWT legislation along with other property-related tax policy matters while she is on secondment to the Policy and Strategy group. Previously, Keiran worked as a manager in the Public Rulings Unit in the Office of the Chief Tax Counsel, Inland Revenue where she managed a number of projects dealing with aspects of the tax property rules. 

Joanna Pidgeon
Pidgeon Law

Joanna, Principal of Pidgeon Law, advises a vast range of clients, including property investors, developers, project managers, financiers, construction companies, landlords and tenants, real estate agencies and bodies corporate, on property and commercial law. She is an expert in the Unit Titles Act 2010 and issues relating to rules, administration and management of bodies corporate, and is Vice-President of ADLSI.  She is a trustee of the Auckland City Mission.

Tony Wilkinson
Buddle Findlay

Tony is a partner in Buddle Findlay's national tax team. He is a highly experienced tax lawyer who works with New Zealand and international businesses and individuals, advising them on all aspects of New Zealand direct and indirect taxation including income tax, GST and Customs duties. 

Tony has significant expertise in advising on tax-effective structures for domestic and international business operations and in-bound and out-bound investment.  His areas of focus include corporate acquisitions, restructuring, investments, divestments, securitisation, project financing, structured equity products and asset financing and leasing.

Tony is well known as a public speaker and has presented on a number of tax issues for a variety of organisations. He is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Taxation Committee and the International Fiscal Association.