The Goods and Services Tax (GST) in New Zealand is a tax set at a 15% rate by the government of New Zealand.  Any business or individual engaged in a taxable activity i.e., selling and buying of goods and services is liable for it. Any person or business earning $60,000 and above annually must register for GST with the Department of Inland Revenue.

The registration and filling processes are fairly simple but GST in New Zealand requires proper documentation and invoices and must be filed on the due date.  New Zealand GST laws and collection are under the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) which has clear guidelines regarding GST registration and filling process.  

To learn more about whether you are eligible to register for GST, and how to register for GST in New Zealand, read the following detailed guide.

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Gst in New zealand

New Zealand GST at a Quick Glance

GST stands for Goods and Services is a tax payable on taxable activity i.e, selling and buying goods and services

GST Rate in NZ is 15%

Goods and Services Registration

  • Businesses must be registered by law to pay GST
  • At Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

GST Registration in New Zealand: A Complete Guide

Here is your complete guide to GST registration in New Zealand read and learn more about it.

Who should register for GST in New Zealand

GST is applied to all goods and services provided or any taxable activity.

If the per annum income in the last twelve months was $60,000 or above or is expected to be $60,000 or above in the next 12 months, then it is a must to register for GST. In addition, if a business collects GST from customers or sales include GST in products and services, then the business is required to pay GST, even if the income per annum is less than $60,000.

The 12-month period is not specified i.e., January to December or the fiscal year of April to March, whenever you meet this condition of $60,000 turnover, then it is judicious to register for GST. Anyone with less than $60,000 per annum income is not required to register but they can do so voluntarily.


  • Annual income of $60,000 and above
  • If you collect GST from customers, then you must pay GST regardless of income per annum


  • Earning less than $60,000 per annum
  • Hotel accommodation rented for four weeks or more
  • Financial services
  •  Land transactions
  • International transportation
  • GST Exemption

How to Register for GST in New Zealand

The mandate to collect and oversee GST-related matters falls under the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and you must register for GST  at their website. You need the following information to register online:

  •    The IRD number of the person or organization you are registering
  • Your bank account number for your GST refunds
  • The business’ turnover in the last 12 month
  • The business’ expected turnover in the next 12 months
  • Business industry classification Code. (you can easily find this here)

Once you register online at the IRD website, you get a GST number or IRD number that can be used to manage GST filing and returns in the future.

While you register, you must decide the filling frequency i.e., when and how often will you file GST returns, and accounting basis i.e., on what basis will you submit your GST, this could be invoices, payment, or a mix of both.

When to pay GST in New Zealand: Filling Frequency

While you register for GST, you have the option to select how frequently you would like to file GST returns. This depends mostly on annual turnover and there are three options to choose from:

  • Monthly (business with an annual turnover of $24 million)
  • Two monthly
  • Six monthly (less than $500,000 per annum income)

Generally, large businesses with huge annual income and profits can either file GST returns on a monthly basis or two monthly basis. This frequency is useful as it helps the business manage files and payments rather easily. If the business is small with no huge turnover, a six-monthly GST return is more suitable, which means filing and paying GST twice a year.

No matter which frequency you select, make sure you have proper invoices and documents to file GST.

Register for GST withGST Filing FrequencyAccounting Basis
IRD number or GST number Monthly Payments
business industry classification CodeTwo Monthly Invoices
Six MonthlyHybrid


Requirements for GST Registration: Accounting Basis

To properly file GST returns and pay the GST, businesses need to know about accounting basis. The accounting basis is a framework to figure out which activities should be included in the GST filing period.

There are three ways to file a GST in a filling period:

  • Payments
  • Invoices
  • Hybrid (payment and Invoices)

IF you have selected to file GST returns every two months you need to select if you will make GST payment and file forms based on the invoices you have or the payment you have received. Because often payment date and invoice date differ, it must be clarified if in filing GST you are including a taxable activity based on invoice or payment or both.

Why you should register for GST in New Zealand

A registered business in New Zealand not only pays GST but can charge and claim GST. Therefore, there are benefits to registering for GST. One of the benefits is that when the GST amount exceeds the income, then you can get a refund which helps to get money to keep the business afloat.

Moreover, a registered business can appear more professional and credible which can benefit your business in the long run.   As a credible business, therefore, you need to follow the GST procedures and comply with all the rules. At times, it also requires you to take into account GST in your budgeting so you have your financing in order.

Please watch this informative video that the Inland Revenue Department has provided to explain requirements and procedures for New Zealand businesses and individuals.

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