Business Numbers – What they Mean for Not-for-Profits

Not-for-Profits and New Zealand Business Numbers The New Zealand Business Number Act 2016 provides that incorporated societies registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, charitable trusts incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, friendly societies and credit unions registered under the Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982, and industrial and provident societies registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1908 are eligible to obtain a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). An amendment to the Incorporated Societies Regulations 1979 and the Charitable Trusts Regulations 2019 (both of which are in force from 30 September 2019) require any New Zealand Business Number under the New Zealand Business Number Act 2016 allocated to a registered incorporated society or charitable trust to be noted on the Register at http://www.societies.govt.nz While having a NZBN may be of more obvious benefit to businesses, the anticipated benefits must also apply to not-for-profits. What is a New Zealand Business Number? The New Zealand Business Number Act 2016 was enacted on 15 April 2016, and most of it came into force in mid-May. A New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a unique a 13 digit Global Location Number (GLN) assigned to businesses and other entities, including not-for-profits, in New Zealand and usable worldwide. Use of NZBNs is expected to transform how entities with NZBNs share key information and interact with Government and with each other. Each NZBN is a 13 digit  Global Location Number (GLN). What are the benefits of NZBNs? According to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce (and his quoted comments should apply to not-for-profits): “NZBNs are a key initiative of the Government’s Better for Business...