If you are required to file an IR3 return you must do so by 7 July unless you have a tax agent or an extension of time. You can file your return online or post us your completed return from May each year.
When to use
You need to file an IR3 return if you earned income other than salary, wages, interest, dividends, and/or taxable Māori authority distributions. Find the full list of income types on the Do you need to file an IR3 return section on our IR3 individual income return page.
What you need
|You will need||Where to get it|
|Your IRD number||If you don't have this call us on 0800 227 774.|
|Your summary of earnings (if you earned salary or wages or schedular payments - formerly withholding payments)||
You can get this information:
Any other income details, such as overseas, rental property, farming or business income
Any interest or dividend statements
Any taxable Māori authority distribution statements
Any portfolio investment entity investor statements
|Statements, business income records etc.|
If you're filing online
|If you're registered with a password||You can use your myIR Secure Online Services account.|
|If you're not registered with a password you will need to register for myIR Secure Online Services in order to file online.|
If you're filing by paper
|An Individual income tax return (IR3) form||
If we haven't automatically sent you an IR3 return by May, you can:
How to file an IR3 return
You can file your IR3 return online or post it to us from May each year.
You need to file your IR3 return by 7 July unless you have a tax agent or an extension of time.
|Paper||Complete an Individual income tax return (IR3) under "Forms and guides" and post it to us.|
If you can't file your IR3 return on time
If you can't file your IR3 return on time you should apply for an extension of time. If you don't file your IR3 return on time and haven't contacted us, you'll be charged a late filing penalty.
What happens next
Once you file your IR3 return, we'll process it and send you a return acknowledgement confirming your assessment within 10 weeks.
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Date published: 19 Jun 2015