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Delays to response times: It is taking longer than usual to answer calls and myIR messages, and to process some COVID-19 Support Payment applications. This is because of the impact of COVID-19. If possible, please contact us through your myIR account. Log in to myIR

Budget 2022: The Government has announced Budget 2022, which includes changes to child support payments. Find out more on our Tax Policy website

Budget 2022: The Government has announced a Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid from 1 August 2022. You do not need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, we’ll pay it into your bank account. Find out more

You can apply for your loan to be interest free if you were intending to travel for less than 6 months but, because of events outside of your control, you could not return to New Zealand as planned.

Some examples of these delays are:

  • personal illness or accident
  • death or illness of a family member
  • natural disasters.

To apply, you’ll need to have been a New Zealand tax resident while you were overseas and show that you were intending to stay overseas for less than 183 days.

You’ll need to provide the following proof:

  • evidence of the reason you were delayed
  • your original flight reservations
  • a completed New Zealand tax residence questionnaire - IR886 if you were overseas for more than 325 days.

Tax residency status for individuals

Apply to keep my student loan interest free


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Last updated: 18 Jun 2021
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