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Your IRD number identifies you for all the tax related events in your life. Your IRD number is unique to you, and you keep the same IRD number for life.

There is no cost when you apply for an IRD number with us.

If you're unable to get an IRD number because you need to verify your identity, you can call us on:

0800 377 774 - if in New Zealand

+64 4 831 2249 if overseas.

Who needs an IRD number?

You need an IRD number for any tax related obligations you have or entitlements you get. Common examples of when you need an IRD number include:

  • earning income, for example from a job, benefit or investment
  • opening a bank account
  • joining KiwiSaver
  • applying for Working for Families, child support or a student loan
  • buying, selling or transferring property in New Zealand.

It’s a good idea to get an IRD number even if you do not need one yet.

You can get an IRD number for your baby when you register their birth.

If you do not have an IRD number when you start earning income, you'll pay a higher tax rate of 45%.

Does my child need an IRD number?

Your child will need an IRD number if they:

  • earn income from any source
  • get interest from a bank account or investment
  • are included in your application for Working for Families or child support.

Keep it safe

Keep your IRD number where you can easily find it. You will need it for all tax related events in your life.

If you lose your number we can help you find it.