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What is an IRD number, and do I need one?

An IRD number is your tax identification. It's necessary if you earn any money in New Zealand.

If you don't have your IRD number by the time you start working, you will have to pay the non-declaration tax rate of 45% of your income.

The paperwork for your IRD number is very straight forward, and it can be done at any post office in New Zealand or from overseas. The latter option can spare you the waiting times once you have arrived in the country.

You will need certified copies of the following documents:

  • Your home country’s tax identification number,
  • Passport,
  • Your address and,
  • Your New Zealand visa.

It’s essential to keep in mind that if any documents are not in English, you will need to have these translated.

An IRD number application should be processed within ten working days. If you are planning to immediately start working at the time of your arrival in New Zealand, applying at least three weeks prior to leaving your home country would be advisable.

Once your IRD number has been generated, you will receive it via email, postal address or text message, depending on what you requested. Receiving the notification via email or text is likely to be more efficient.

Remember, if you are ready to move to New Zealand, the most crucial step is obtaining your visa.

Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers for a Free Assessment to understand your migration options. We can help you avoid mistakes, saving time and money.

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