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Gather your information

Write us a letter that explains why you should become an approved charitable organisation. You should include:

  • whether you are registered as a charity with the Department of Internal Affairs – Charitable Services
  • whether you are a non-resident ‘tax charity’ with an income tax exemption approved by us
  • information on the work your organisation does
  • details of the work volunteers will do for your organisation
  • details of any payments the volunteers would qualify for.

If you’re not a registered charity in New Zealand we will need additional information, such as:

  • a copy of your trust deed, constitution or other governing rules
  • if you’re recognised as a charitable organisation with an overseas tax authority or Government charity regulator (you will need to provide copies of relevant documentation)
  • your standing and credibility as a charitable organisation
  • if you’re publicly accountable
  • the monitoring and evaluation processes you have in place
  • your accounting and record keeping practices
  • other matters we consider relevant.

Send us your application

Send us your application and any other information as attachments to a message in myIR.

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What happens next

We will contact you if we need any more information.

You can also post your application to us at:

Inland Revenue
PO Box 1147
Palmerston North Central
Palmerston North 4440

You can also send your application by email to [email protected].

Last updated: 28 Apr 2021
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