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

  • charities
  • trusts
  • clubs
  • societies.

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

IRD numbers for businesses and organisations

If your not-for-profit does not fit into any of the categories listed, or if you’re not sure 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.

Setting up with other organisations

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


If you’re a charity and you intend to register with Charities Services, get an IRD number before you contact them.

New Zealand business or organisation IRD number application

Charities Services

Companies, incorporated societies and charitable trusts 

If you’re 1 of these organisation types, register with MBIE before you apply for an IRD number.

You can register at any of the following.

  • The Companies Register with the Companies Office
  • The Incorporated Societies Register
  • The Charitable Trusts Register.

All registers - Companies Office

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Last updated: 15 Nov 2022
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