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    Default Sending Large Sum $ out of NZ - Implications ?

    I'm compelled to sending $ overseas via wire TT but I received an interesting reply from my bank manager:

    "The low interest rate environment is tough for people with money and there does not appear to be any end of these low interest rates any time soon - but in saying that, there are no guarantees either. Seeking higher returns will mean accepting greater risks - as you are aware. We do have an Investment/Wealth area - would you like to meet with them to discuss options? I would be happy to make an appointment for you - just let me know

    A transaction of NZD$xxx,xxx. leaving NZ (that is what is in the account presently) will mean that it is subject to scrutiny and to this end, you would need to talk with your accountant."

    My initial contact with him was to get a better NZD to USD exchange rate conversion for the day. I am aware there are other options such as FX brokers etc. but would prefer to stick with the bank to do it all (convert and wire TT) as it's a huge hassle to open new accounts with a different firm when it's only going to be a "ONE OFF" transaction. Again hassles brought on by AML, CRA, etc. requirements.

    Has anyone else had queries when sending large sums abroad? Particularly by IRD if it will trigger an audit? These are after-tax funds that matured from a term deposit and quite frankly, it should seem fit as I please what to do with those funds? But reading the FMA, it seems all the banks have to cross the 'T's and dot the 'I's as they can't afford to make a mistake so it may be of no surprise.

    I'm awaiting a reply from my accountant.

    To avoid further questions, I would be gifting these funds to my father who holds a US based broker account and is a non-resident of NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBQ View Post
    I'm compelled to sending $ overseas via wire TT but I received an interesting reply from my bank manager:

    "The low interest rate environment is tough for people with money and there does not appear to be any end of these low interest rates any time soon - but in saying that, there are no guarantees either. Seeking higher returns will mean accepting greater risks - as you are aware. We do have an Investment/Wealth area - would you like to meet with them to discuss options? I would be happy to make an appointment for you - just let me know

    A transaction of NZD$xxx,xxx. leaving NZ (that is what is in the account presently) will mean that it is subject to scrutiny and to this end, you would need to talk with your accountant."

    My initial contact with him was to get a better NZD to USD exchange rate conversion for the day. I am aware there are other options such as FX brokers etc. but would prefer to stick with the bank to do it all (convert and wire TT) as it's a huge hassle to open new accounts with a different firm when it's only going to be a "ONE OFF" transaction. Again hassles brought on by AML, CRA, etc. requirements.

    Has anyone else had queries when sending large sums abroad? Particularly by IRD if it will trigger an audit? These are after-tax funds that matured from a term deposit and quite frankly, it should seem fit as I please what to do with those funds? But reading the FMA, it seems all the banks have to cross the 'T's and dot the 'I's as they can't afford to make a mistake so it may be of no surprise.

    I'm awaiting a reply from my accountant.

    To avoid further questions, I would be gifting these funds to my father who holds a US based broker account and is a non-resident of NZ.
    I have never had IRD problems in the past-I sent a 6 figure sum last August.
    Do not know if this has changed.
    I do know do not do it through your local bank if you want a good rate.
    I normally get ASB securities to put me directly in touch with the dealer-the rate varies by the minute and then its up to you to accept or not .

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    I would do it via an FX transfer company much better rate & credit ratings very high..AML is easy they can ID you off your drivers license.
    PM me if you need an introduction or any more details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish View Post
    I have never had IRD problems in the past-I sent a 6 figure sum last August.
    Do not know if this has changed.
    I do know do not do it through your local bank if you want a good rate.
    I normally get ASB securities to put me directly in touch with the dealer-the rate varies by the minute and then its up to you to accept or not .
    Yes the major banks have large spread on the exchange rate. Well in excess of 2% from the market rate. I will need to ask if my BNZ manager can get me in touch with their 'International Team' to get me a better rate. However, uncertain how readily accessible this would be. I'm certain most bank teller workers would be unaware of this feature.

    More to come so stay tuned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoploss View Post
    I would do it via an FX transfer company much better rate & credit ratings very high..AML is easy they can ID you off your drivers license.
    PM me if you need an introduction or any more details.
    The issue with the FX transfer company is the hassles with opening up an account. It's not so 'straight forward' as before and they require a lot of information to setup an account. But since we're dealing with a large amount, it may be warranted - keep in mind, this is a ONE-OFF transaction so i'm not sure how the FX company would regard this?

    Message me who - I would prefer someone in Christchurch where I am. If I recall, this AML requires to be "in person" to validate the genuine status that the person does exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBQ View Post
    I'm compelled to sending $ overseas via wire TT but I received an interesting reply from my bank manager:

    "The low interest rate environment is tough for people with money and there does not appear to be any end of these low interest rates any time soon - but in saying that, there are no guarantees either. Seeking higher returns will mean accepting greater risks - as you are aware. We do have an Investment/Wealth area - would you like to meet with them to discuss options? I would be happy to make an appointment for you - just let me know

    A transaction of NZD$xxx,xxx. leaving NZ (that is what is in the account presently) will mean that it is subject to scrutiny and to this end, you would need to talk with your accountant."

    My initial contact with him was to get a better NZD to USD exchange rate conversion for the day. I am aware there are other options such as FX brokers etc. but would prefer to stick with the bank to do it all (convert and wire TT) as it's a huge hassle to open new accounts with a different firm when it's only going to be a "ONE OFF" transaction. Again hassles brought on by AML, CRA, etc. requirements.

    Has anyone else had queries when sending large sums abroad? Particularly by IRD if it will trigger an audit? These are after-tax funds that matured from a term deposit and quite frankly, it should seem fit as I please what to do with those funds? But reading the FMA, it seems all the banks have to cross the 'T's and dot the 'I's as they can't afford to make a mistake so it may be of no surprise.

    I'm awaiting a reply from my accountant.

    To avoid further questions, I would be gifting these funds to my father who holds a US based broker account and is a non-resident of NZ.
    This is the reason (partly) that Satoshi created Bitcoin. The hoops you have to jump through to manage your own money, that has likely already been taxed generously, is boarding on criminal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddles View Post
    This is the reason (partly) that Satoshi created Bitcoin. The hoops you have to jump through to manage your own money, that has likely already been taxed generously, is boarding on criminal.
    Well cryptocurrencies in my opinion is gambling so not gonna touch it. Besides, sooner or later you'll need to realise it in fiat currency and to do that, it has to pass through into a banking system. Globally, the banks are riddled with regulations and tax so when a whopping sum appears in the account out of no where... the tax dept is gonna ask how it came about and will tax it accordingly.

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    OK good news. Came back from BNZ and was very impressed with the exchange rate. At the time the open market rate was 0.6464 and the dealer rate he offered (as it changes minute by minute) was 0.6425. A difference of 0.006033 or 0.6% as he mentioned, moving $ around has become a lot more difficult for the banks with lots of regulations ; 'it's the 0.1% that wrecks it for the 99.9% of those who are legit and play by the rules'.

    Thanks for your reply stoploss, however I could not resist the great rate BNZ gave me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBQ View Post
    Besides, sooner or later you'll need to realise it in fiat currency and to do that, it has to pass through into a banking system.
    That's not necessarily true.

    It is possible to survive using crypto only. In fact crypto will take you further than anyone single fiat currency will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddles View Post
    That's not necessarily true.

    It is possible to survive using crypto only. In fact crypto will take you further than anyone single fiat currency will.
    well I wouldn't want to make it a challenge. At the moment i'm not seeing places like Countdown and PaK N Save accepting BTC payments. Likewise trying to buy a car in NZ or paying your house bills or even buying a new house. The AML laws are very clear and strict where the $ flows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBQ View Post
    well I wouldn't want to make it a challenge. At the moment i'm not seeing places like Countdown and PaK N Save accepting BTC payments. Likewise trying to buy a car in NZ or paying your house bills or even buying a new house. The AML laws are very clear and strict where the $ flows.
    Sorry, I know its off topic, but you can do all of that with crypto.

    Buying a house could be problematic but not impossible. Ill go one step further, when you buy a house in the future, it will be done on a blockchain.
    Last edited by Paddles; 13-02-2020 at 04:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddles View Post

    , when you buy a house in the future, it will be done on a blockchain.
    I'm not having my Title Deed stored only as 1's and 0's thank you.
    For clarity, nothing I say is advice....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBQ View Post
    Yes the major banks have large spread on the exchange rate. Well in excess of 2% from the market rate. I will need to ask if my BNZ manager can get me in touch with their 'International Team' to get me a better rate. However, uncertain how readily accessible this would be. I'm certain most bank teller workers would be unaware of this feature.

    More to come so stay tuned!
    They should do this for you to get a better rate. I recently did this with ANZ and they got me in touch with their International team. I did however end up going through OFX (I have an account with them) as ANZ could not quite match them. But you are right about the hassle of setting up such an account for one transaction is very cumbersome and time consuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    They should do this for you to get a better rate. I recently did this with ANZ and they got me in touch with their International team. I did however end up going through OFX (I have an account with them) as ANZ could not quite match them. But you are right about the hassle of setting up such an account for one transaction is very cumbersome and time consuming.
    My accountant came back and like my bank manager, moving $ around isn't what it use to be. She quoted that for many of the trust accounts she handles where she has to routinely send funds abroad like in the US, if the amounts are over $1,000, then she is required to file a notice to the NZ Police as part of the AML requirements.

    All in all 0.6% spread is a very attractive rate and I would be surprised if other FX brokers could beat it.

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    I have a Nigerian prince contact who would swap large sums of money with you ... at least that is what his email said.

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