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If you're an entity that is a New Zealand tax resident or a trust, you can request a certificate of residency.

For trusts, what we send back to you is better described as a certificate of the taxable person's New Zealand tax liability status.

Gather your information

In an email, you'll need to include the entity or trust's:

  • full name
  • residential (street or registered office) address and, if different, postal address
  • IRD number.

You'll also need to include:

  • the country or territory the certificate is for
  • a statement saying whether the entity or trust is only a tax resident of New Zealand or a dual resident under the relevant tax treaty
  • the period the certificate is required for and, if for more than a year, an explanation
  • the number of certificates needed.

Log in to myIR and send us an email

To help direct your request, select 'send a message' under 'I want to', then 'This message does not concern a specific account' followed by 'something else'.

Put 'certificate of residency' in the subject line.

What happens next

We will only issue a certificate of residency when:

  • the name and IRD number you've given us matches our records
  • the filing of your New Zealand tax returns is up to date
  • you're a New Zealand tax resident.

Once we receive all the necessary information, we aim to process your request within 15 working days. If your request is incomplete or incorrect, it may take longer.

You can also send your request to us by post. Sign and date the letter and send it to us at:

Inland Revenue
PO Box 39010
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045

Note the different timeframe by post. Once we receive all the necessary information, we aim to process your request within 30 days. If your request is incomplete or incorrect, it may take longer.