How to get an IRD number
It’s important to get an IRD number as all your tax, entitlements (like student loan or Working for Families Tax Credits) and personal details are linked to this number.
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When you will need an IRD number
You must have an IRD number if you:
- earn any money (for example, from a job, benefit or pension)
- apply for:
- Working for Families Tax Credits
- a student loan
- child support
- open a bank account or join KiwiSaver
- file tax returns.
You may also need an IRD number if you’re buying, selling or transferring New Zealand property.
You have to pay tax on any income you earn. If you don’t have an IRD number, tax will be deducted at the non-declaration rate, which is higher than the normal rates.
Apply for an IRD number
If you’re a NZ citizen
You can apply online or complete a paper application.
If you have a resident visa or a student or work visa
You can apply online or complete a paper application if you have a NZ resident, student or work visa or an Australian passport.
If you live outside NZ
You need a current New Zealand bank account before you apply for an IRD number.