You might already have an IRD number - ask your parent, guardian or caregiver.
An IRD number is a unique identification number from Inland Revenue that you’ll use throughout your life. You need to have your IRD number handy every time you deal with us.
Your employer and your bank also need your IRD number to take out the correct amount of tax from any money you earn.
There are different processes for getting an IRD number depending on if you’re a New Zealand resident or a non-resident/offshore person.
For a resident
For a non-resident/offshore person
You are an offshore person if you:
To find out more about applying for an IRD number go to the Inland Revenue website (external link) (external link).
What to do if you've forgotten your IRD number
If you’ve forgotten your IRD number you can call us on 0800 227 774. We'll ask you some personal questions to prove your identity and protect your privacy, and give you your IRD number over the phone. We’ll also send you a letter with your IRD number on it.