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What is an IRD number? How do I get one?

An IRD number is a unique number given to you by New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department.

It is used by Inland Revenue, banks, financial institutions, government departments and employers to identify you for tax purposes.

You will need an IRD number if:

  • You become an employee in New Zealand, working on a work visa or student visa
  • You are starting a business in New Zealand
  • You open a New Zealand bank account
  • You are registering for Working for Families Tax Credits
  • You are registering for a student loan 
  • Your child has a part-time job 
  • You file tax returns
  • You apply for child support

You can apply for an IRD number online or by completing an IRD number application form (IR742).

Apply for individual IRD number

You will need a New Zealand bank account before you apply for your IRD number.

The IRD application form is asking me for an Immigration New Zealand application number. I already hold a resident visa.  What do I provide?

You can provide your resident visa application number that was assigned when you submitted your application to Immigration New Zealand.

Learn more and apply for an IRD number

I an from Australia and do not have an application number. What do I provide?

Australian citizens can enter their passport number instead of an application number.

Australian permanent resident visa holders may need to apply using the hardcopy (paper) form.