As migrant worker in New Zealand, you will need to apply for IRD number for tax purposes, unless you want your employer to deduct income tax at the highest tax rate of 45%. Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number is equivalent to a TIN number in the Philippines. It is worthy to note that starting 1 October 2015, you cannot apply for an IRD number unless you have a fully functional bank account in NZ. You will know that your bank account is fully functional if you can make withdrawals from it (banks normally will only allow you to withdraw funds after completing their verification process). As mentioned in an earlier post, I applied for a bank account while overseas, and the first thing I did after my arrival was activate my bank account by going to the nearest branch. I actually set up an appointment with them while still overseas. After verification, the helpful bank officer assisted me in withdrawing 10 cents from my account, just to make sure that my bank account is active.
Going to documentation requirements, you need to prepare the following (ideally before you arrive in NZ)
- Photographic Identification – I used my passport (driver’s licence is also accepted).
- Proof of Most Recent Address – I provided a copy of utility bill from the Philippines.
- Proof of Intended Activity in New Zealand – Since my intention was to work in NZ, I provided a copy of my work visa.
- Proof of New Zealand Bank Account – a copy of statement of account showing my transactions (deposits and withdrawals). Most of the time this is available thru online banking or you may ask your nearest branch.
- Proof of Tax Identification Number of Your Most Recent Country – I gave a copy of my recent tax form from the Philippines and TIN ID.
- Completed Application Form IR742 – Complete the form and sign. A more detailed list of requirements can also be found in the form
Scan all your documents and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. After a day or two, I received a call from Inland Revenue and they gave me my IRD Number. Easy, right?
It is advisable that you register and create an account in Inland Revenue Online Services as soon as you get your IRD Number.