Registered customers include all customers registered with Inland Revenue, either individuals or entities. Registered customers include some entities and people no longer active.
The data for these statistics is available for download from the links below.
Graph of registered customers by entity type (company, trust, partnership, and society/club)
This graph has 4 lines, plotting the number of registered customers by the following 4 entity types: Company, Trust, Partnership and Society/Club.
Over the period, 2008 to 2017, the number of:
- Companies has increased by 17%
- Trusts has increased by 25%
- Partnerships has decreased by 24%
- Societies/Clubs has decreased by 7%
Graph of registered customers by entity type (individuals' compared to the total)
This graph has 2 lines, plotting the number of registered customers for all entity types combined and for individuals.
Over the period, 2008 to 2017, the number of registered customers has increased 24%. Individuals - which make up approximately 86% of all entities - has increased at approximately the same rate (27%), but starting from a lower base.
The number of individuals is over 2 million greater than the population of the country. The main reason for this is that many New Zealanders go abroad, but stay in our system either because they still have tax affairs in New Zealand such as paying off a student loan, or because they have not notified Inland Revenue that they are no longer New Zealand residents.
The total number of registered individuals also includes overseas workers who have worked in New Zealand on a seasonal or temporary basis, customers who have died, and customers who may have more than one IRD number. If Inland Revenue receives no notification of a change in status, these customers remain as registered customers.