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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.

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.

Tax details when you’re buying or selling New Zealand property

You have to pay tax on any income you earn. If you do not 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.

Apply for an IRD number if you are a NZ citizen and live in NZ

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.

Apply for an IRD number if you’re in NZ and have a resident, student or work visa or an Australia passport

If you live outside NZ

You need a current New Zealand bank account before you apply for an IRD number.

Apply for an IRD number if you’re offshore

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