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Te tono i tētahi tau tāke whaiaro Apply for a personal IRD number


An IRD or tax number is a unique number that we give you. You keep the same IRD number for life. It identifies you for all tax-related events in your life.

You need an IRD number if you:

  • earn any money, for example from a job, benefit, bank account, investment or rental property
  • open a bank account or invest money
  • join KiwiSaver
  • apply for Working for Families
  • apply for child support
  • apply for a student loan.

If you do not have an IRD number when you start earning money or interest you’ll pay a higher rate of tax.

It’s a good idea to get an IRD number even if you do not need it just yet.