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IRD number - individuals

Your IRD number is used for all your tax, entitlements and personal details that Inland Revenue holds.

What you need an IRD number for

You'll need an IRD number if you:

  • earn income from any source (including a job, benefit, pension or investments)
  • join KiwiSaver
  • apply for a student loan, child support or Working for Families Tax Credits
  • file tax returns
  • buy, sell or transfer New Zealand property
  • are starting up as self-employed.

If you don't have an IRD number, your employer will deduct income tax at the highest non-declaration tax rate of 45%. You should also check with your bank about the rate they charge on tax.

Find out more about IRD numbers for businesses and organisations

Applying for an IRD number if you're a New Zealand citizen

If you're a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand passport holder, you can apply for an IRD number for yourself, or a child in your care by completing our IRD number application - resident individual (IR595) form.

You can also use the Department of Internal Affairs' SmartStart service to register the birth of your child and apply for an IRD number at the same time. Just select the "Register birth online" service.

Applying for an IRD number if you're in New Zealand as a permanent migrant or visa holder

You can apply for your IRD number online after you arrive in New Zealand.

If you're an Australian passport holder

You can only apply for an IRD number for yourself. You'll need your passport details.

Apply for your IRD number online

If you hold a resident visa

You can apply for yourself and/or on behalf of another person. You'll need your passport details and Immigration New Zealand Application Number (from your visa letter).

Apply for your IRD number online

If you hold a student or work visa

You can apply for your IRD number online after you arrive in New Zealand

If you hold a:

  • student visa - you can apply for yourself, or a guardian can apply for you
  • work visa - you can only apply for yourself.

You'll need:

  • your passport details
  • your most recent overseas tax number (if you have one)
  • your Immigration New Zealand Application Number (from your visa letter).

You'll also need proof of a fully functional NZ bank account. This can be a bank statement showing:

  • your name
  • account number, and
  • deposits and withdrawals or a signed bank stamp.

Go to our Proof of a fully functional NZ bank account (IR984) guide for more information.

If you don't have a bank account, you'll need to have completed customer due diligence. You can do this by completing our IRD number application - customer due dilligence (IR997) form.

If you're a RSE visa holder

We work with Immigration New Zealand on your behalf to register you.

Applying for an IRD number if you're offshore

If you're residing offshore you can only register online if you've already travelled to New Zealand and been verified by New Zealand Customs Service. If you don't have Customs verification you'll need to complete an IRD number application - non-resident/offshore individual (IR742) form.

Depending on your situation, the form will let you know what documents you need and what to do next. It'll also let you know if you need:

If you're in New Zealand and can't apply online for an IRD number

If you can't apply for an IRD number online, use our paper forms.

Take this form, along with your verification documents for an 'in person verification' to either:

If you're a New Zealand citizen or hold a resident visa or Australian passport, complete our IRD number application-resident individual (IR595) form.

If you have a student or work visa complete our IRD number application - non-resident/offshore individual (IR742) form.

Where to find your IRD number if you already have one

You can find your IRD number:

  • in your myIR Secure Online Services account
  • on letters or statements from us
  • on your KiwiSaver statement
  • on your income details from your employer.