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If you’re earning money in New Zealand you need to pay income tax.

You need to get an IRD number

You need an IRD number. You should apply for one before you start work. If you don't have an IRD number when you get paid you might pay more tax than you need to.

You also need to work out your tax code and give this to your employer.

Your tax residency status counts

Your tax situation depends on your tax residency status.

Non-resident taxpayers

  • Pay tax on income from New Zealand. There are some exemptions.
  • Might need to file a tax return at the end of the tax year.

New Zealand tax residents

  • Pay tax on income from New Zealand.
  • Pay tax on income from overseas (new tax residents might get an exemption for up to four years).
  • Can claim a credit for tax paid to another country on overseas income.
  • Might need to file a tax return at the end of the tax year.