Small world

April 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Had an amusing phone call with yesterday.

Rang them up to activate my new IR File account (and kudos to IRD – I love what I can now access online) and the staffer did that for me. He then asked if there was anything else he could do, and I had a small refund owing to me from a few years ago (I lost the cheque they sent so it has been sitting there as a credit balance). So I asked if I could get the credit balance paid out.

As we were about to do that, I inquired whether it might be better to transfer the credit balance from my personal account to my company account. This would be beneficial in reducing net interest. As I am 100% owner of my company, this is meant to be possible.

The staffer then needed to look up my company in the Companies Register, to check this out and did so. Then he came back on the line having discovered it also owns and trades as Curia Market Research (my polling company). He informed me that he actually used to work for me as a pollster in the evenings.

Now that is a very small world – discovering the IRD staffer used to work for you. Unfortunately for me it also meant he could not complete my request as he was conflicted so I was transferred to another staffer (who was also very helpful).

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11 Responses to “Small world”

  1. Mike Readman (363 comments) says:

    Yeah, well the IRD’s world is about to get smaller.

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  2. spector (180 comments) says:

    It’s nice that IRD has understood the need to be helpful. I never thought I’d say this but ‘well done’.

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  3. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Why not employ him to ask IRD callers a few questions about their political preferences? It wouldn’t add much to the length of a call and would allow him to earn a bit of beer money.

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  4. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Perhaps you can now employ him back again, given today’s news.

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  5. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    I have generally found the IRD to be an improvement on my first dealings with them nearly 40 years.

    For you young ones in those days when the IRD said jump you asked in a very small voice How high Sir and they were nearly all Sirs with Brylcreamed long strands of hair parted over one side of a balding pate and wearing a dark suit white shirt and a black tie and shoes

    And wearing a hat.

    That they acted as graduates from the KGB school of charm and deportment was no accident. It was a carefully crafted display to put the bejesus into the victims (tax payers)

    All in all the current lot are a shadow of those times. A helpful bunch of soft non threatening customer focused people.

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  6. wreck1080 (3,923 comments) says:

    …so I was transferred to another staffer (who was also very helpful).

    And maybe unemployed soon too!

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  7. Mr Cuddles (4 comments) says:

    Nice to hear that we’re doing some good work and keeping up the security/conflict measures going too.

    It’s a funny old time at the D right now – the ‘mish tried his best to inform staff about a) the liklihood of job cuts, and b) the way that would be phased in initially through voluntary redundancies, before the media got it but to no avail. Note to other heads of large departments – if you’re going to start planning job cuts don’t start with the corporate affairs/media team as they’ll leak like a collender.

    People are mostly okay with the announcement that there are 250 voluntary redundancies about – we have quite a large working population who have been with the D for a long time and wouldn’t mind the change to get a payout. We’re also coming to the end of the KiwiSaver changes (thank god!) which means there will be some people looking to move on/out.

    The really interesting story re workplace relations at the moment is the internal fight going on within the IR PSA membership. The PSA have been putting out releases saying that they still expect the D to give out pay rises to all (based on the annual review they do of positions pay vs similar positions in the private sector) but a lot of the membership (including a lot of the delegates) have been saying that they don’t want to take that angle. We’d prefer to go to the management team and offer a wage freeze and maybe explore some other options around reduced hours/weeks, job sharing, leave without pay etc.

    There’s a time and place for hardline bargaining but it ain’t now and it ain’t here.

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  8. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    I’ve never had a good experience with the IRD. My last attempt to get a special tax code for some secondary employment ended up with me hanging up in frustration on a person who didn’t understand a person with a second job might need to pay more than the withholding tax of 33 cents.

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  9. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    I had to laugh tonight when I saw the spokesman from the PSA accusing the government of being anti-bureaucratic
    Reminded me of Flight of the Conchords the other night, when Murray talked about how some people are pro-AIDS

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  10. Tauhei Notts (1,724 comments) says:

    gd
    I am old enough to know that you are correct.
    But the sad part is that the IRD have given up on the black economy. Blokes like PAYE inspectors no longer exist. When they descended upon a town it cleaned up a lot of shenanigans, that nowadays goes undetected. So many employers are told these days that the pay rate is $xy in the hand and you do whatever you like with the IR340. Bars would not be run, sheep would not be shorn, toilets would not get fixed; if the payer insisted upon the absolute letter of the tax law. Nobody would work for him. But the really weird thing is that with accommodation supplement, child support, student loans, working for families, fines being paid off, KiwiSaver, ACC, benefit abatement; the employer is probably on a much smaller marginal tax rate than the employee.
    We reap what we sow.

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  11. wikiriwhis business (4,019 comments) says:

    GD

    I wonder if IRD movie had anything to do with improvements.

    Maybe there’s no Dutchmen in there now either.

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