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Tax Guide to Working in New Zealand



If you have stayed in New Zealand for more than 183 days in any 12 month period your earnings will be taxable.

The current rate of income tax in New Zealand for earnings up to $48,000 (NZD) (about £24,700 GBP) is 17.5%. Before you start work in New Zealand you will need to get an IRD, or tax number. To do this you should call the New Zealand Inland Revenue on 0800 377 774 when you arrive in the country. Leave an address and the tax office sends you the forms. Simply complete the forms and return with a photocopy of your passport, and your IRD number should be with you within five working days.