- Check in to our hostel Te Puke Backpackers
- Get a ‘proof of address letter’ signed and dated
- Take the ‘letter’ and ID documents to the Westpac Bank (other banks are asking for a government letter as evidence of address which may not be possible) and open an account (you may have to make an appointment to open a bank account).
- When you have an open bank account you need to deposit money into the account then need to use the account to show ‘transactions’ in/out easy to go buy something using your card then go back to your bank to get a signed dated ‘transactions printout’
- Can also open a bank account before you arrive to New Zealand
- Go to IRD Tauranga office 1 Elizabeth Street to apply for IRD number, ‘urgently’ some people are getting their IRD numbers within 48 hours. Remember to take all the documents and evidence required (see step 3 below)
You will need to get an IR 742 form
- IR742 IRD number application form. or
- Call the IRD INFOexpress line 0800 257 773
Coming to New Zealand to work? You’ll need an IRD number
If you are visiting New Zealand and have a working holiday visa or another temporary work visa? Then you will need to get an IRD number.
An IRD number is an eight or nine digit number unique to you. The IRD number is important and will allow you to be paid and pay tax correctly while you work and travel in New Zealand.
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.
Step 1: Get a New Zealand bank account
Before you apply for a New Zealand IRD number, you will need to get a New Zealand bank account.
You will also need proof from your bank that it is a ‘fully functional bank account’:
- you can put money into your account
- you can take money out of your account
- your bank account meets laws that help prevent money-laundering.
We’ve found that some people aren’t giving the information needed to be sure their bank account meets legal requirements. If the right information is not provided, it could take a lot longer than usual to get your IRD number.
To help you make sure you have the right information about your bank account, here is an information sheet you can take to your bank. It has clear instructions about the bank account details you need to submit with your IRD number application.
The full title of this information sheet is: IR984 Documents to confirm your New Zealand bank account is fully functional.
Step 2: Complete the correct IRD number application form
Since you have a temporary work visa, you’ll need to fill in an IR742 IRD number application form.
Step 3: Collect the other documents you need to hand in with your IRD number application and make copies of them
You need to hand in copies of important documents along with your IRD number application form. These help confirm who you are and why you’re in New Zealand.
Here is a list of these documents you will need to submit a copy of:
- your passport information page (the one with your picture and name on it)
- proof of your current or last address. This proof could be:
- a letter from your Hostel / Accommodation where you currently stay
- a bill or statement sent to you at that address
- a copy of your overseas driver’s licence (if it has an address on it).
- proof of your taxpayer identification number (TIN) for the most recent country you lived in, if you have one. A TIN is the number you use to pay your tax in a country. An IRD number is New Zealand’s TIN
- your work visa or a job offer to show why you’re in New Zealand
- proof that your New Zealand bank account meets the rules listed above in step 1. Remember to give the bank the IR984 information sheet to make sure you get the right proof.
Step 4: Send your IRD number application form to Inland Revenue
You can send IRD your completed application and supporting documents by mail/post at the address on the IRD number application form.
If you also need a valid work permit
– The most commonly accepted work permit is a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa Scheme.
Select from a scheme below to see whether you qualify and find out how to apply for a Working Holiday Visa:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Singapore (work exchange programme)
- United Kingdom
- United States of America