IRD Number Application
Please note: From 1 October 2014 non-residents cannot use the IR595 form anymore, as the application process has changed considerably. Instead Please refer to the procedure below
Everybody who wants to work in New Zealand needs an IRD Number from the Inland Revenue. An IRD number is an eight or nine digit number unique to you. An IRD number is important since all your tax and personal details are linked to it. The following procedure describes how backpackers and non-residents can apply for a New Zealand IRD number.
To apply for a New Zealand IRD number you need to open a New Zealand Bank account first. We are recommending to open an account with ANZ, Westpac or BNZ, as they all offer free accounts and accept backpackers as customers. For detailed information on how to open a New Zealand bank account please read the appropriate section. There are four steps to apply for an IRD number. We recommend starting these steps as early as possible to make sure you have your IRD number when you start working in New Zealand. In emergencies you can start to work without an IRD. However you will be taxed 43%.