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Most not-for-profit organisations need IRD numbers, including:

  • charities
  • trusts (including charitable trusts)
  • clubs
  • societies (incorporated and unincorporated).

Here's our full list of organisations that need IRD numbers.

IRD numbers for businesses and organisations

Setting up with other organisations

To set up your not-for-profit, you may also need to contact the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) or Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) - Charities Services.

If you do not need to set up your not-for-profit with any other organisations, you can apply for your IRD number here.

New Zealand business or organisation IRD number application

Companies, incorporated societies and charitable trusts 

Companies, incorporated societies or charitable trusts must be registered with MBIE's Companies Office before you apply for an IRD number.

All registers - Companies Office


If you’re a charity and you intend to register with Charities Services, you do not need to apply for your IRD number.

We will send one to you after Charities Services lets us know that you are registered with them.

Charities Services

Still need help?

If your not-for-profit does not fit into any of the categories listed, or if you are unsure if it needs an IRD number, contact us at [email protected]

Tell us what your organisation is intending to do, and we'll help you.

Last updated: 24 Aug 2023
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