Hey, Im going to New Zealand in a couple of weeks and I wondered if anyone can help me??
I am currently in Australia and want to know if I can use my tax file number from working here in nz or do i need to get a new one??
Also the same questions with banks... im with westpac in australia, can I use this bank in nz or is it best to start again with an nz bank??
any help would be great
thanks millions x laura x
You will need to get a new tax number and bank account here. The website for getting your tax number (IRD number) is http://www.ird.govt.nz/.
I've got a Westpac electronic account, which means you don't pay any monthly fees as long as you are happy to do everything electronically and not get statements. It's a good deal as most banks charge here.http://www.westpac.co.nz/olcontent/olcontent.nsf/Content/Westpac+Electronic
Hope you enjoy NZ - send me a message if you have any questions.
The IRD process is extremely quick too. after the simple paper work you can call them like 5-7 days after and they will give you the number over the phone. be prepared though, you will have to have an address to give to them. it can be a hostel address.