IRD moves online

June 10th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Taxpayers’ business with the Inland Revenue Department will be mainly done online within two years.

The switch from letters will deliver “substantial” savings but may also cost jobs and raise privacy issues.

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne yesterday said the Government was seeking public feedback on proposed “major” changes “to simplify the tax system and make it easier for people to manage their tax affairs”.

Proposals include allowing people to “self-manage” most of their tax and social assistance entitlements such as Working for Families using a secure area on the ’s website in a process akin to internet banking.

This will be useful and popular. Those with student loan balances should be able to go in and see how much is still owing, make a deposit etc. Also from what I understand you will be able to see at any time how much tax you have paid that year through PAYE, and how much you should have paid overall.

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16 Responses to “IRD moves online”

  1. Mike Readman (361 comments) says:

    FINALLY! That piece of crap department is finally going to improve somewhat. It’s bloody well taken them long enough! The Internet’s been only been popular in NZ for about 13 years.

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  2. wreck1080 (3,817 comments) says:

    they are still rubbish on the internet though.

    They don’t allow ir3′s to be filed before provisional payment 3.

    Pain in the arse, as I like the certainty that my last prov payment will be the exact amount of tax owing. Sure, you can do it manually, but the whole point is you should be able to do this through online services after march 31.

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  3. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    “Taxpayers’ business with the Inland Revenue Department will be mainly done online within two years.”

    Two years, is that the waiting time for their phone line or what?

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  4. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Good I can bullshit a lot better online… than I can in person.

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  5. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    When will that start RK?

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  6. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Murray.. Well it will be like a personal CV… but instead on you revenue that you only want to pay as little tax on as possible.
    I was under the impression everybody bullshited a little on their personal CVs.

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  7. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    I don’t have a cv, I just link people to the onlone news stories about me and let them decide if they want to use my services. The media are professional bullshitters so why not let them work for me?

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  8. ben (2,414 comments) says:

    How can any reporter write “cost jobs” with a straight face here? Has he not noticed all the millions left unemployed by all the automation elsewhere in the economy? Thought not. He could at least be consistent and acknowledge all the typesetters and publishers put out of work by his typing his copy directly into his laptop.

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  9. bevanjs (34 comments) says:

    IRD could save a bit by sending out only 1 stmt. In the last 2 or 3 years I’ve got 2 identical ones about a week apart. Here’s hoping there’s not 2 whole departments doing the same work. :) What are the odds?

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  10. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    will deliver “substantial” savings but may also cost jobs

    When is all this nonsense about “costing jobs” going to be exposed.

    I submit that for every job “lost” from the public sector, more than 1 are created in the private sector.

    edit: ben beat me to it!

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  11. Spoon (101 comments) says:

    Those with student loan balances should be able to go in and see how much is still owing

    They can. It’s not up-to-the-minute, but pretty good. In fact, I’ve just logged in and it’s been flashed up since I last looked. I can see a payment that was made on the 15th of April (the amount that came off my salary in March I would imagine), and can see that at the current rate I’ll be back to $0 in about 20 months!

    I can also see the rebate claim I put in a few weeks ago, and some income tax thing from 2008 (although not PAYE).

    You can also keep contact details etc up-to-date through the current system, which is handy.

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  12. theodoresteel (91 comments) says:

    they will have to up their game seriously… personal experience: 5 online enquiries lodged over 5 weeks as I don’t have a home phone at the moment and didn’t want to pay to call them on my cell… the response time they aim for is 5 working days, I have yet to get one reply. I wonder if they just go into some great abyss.

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  13. Spoon (101 comments) says:

    Just completed my IR3 online and am due a refund of $2!

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  14. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Finally. So far they’re been living in some alternative universe where it’s still 1983 and people go in to buildings and queue up to pay bills via pieces of paper.

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  15. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Just completed my IR3 online and am due a refund of $2!

    You need a accountant… mind you… you have already made a savings of a 50c post stamp.

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  16. Rex Widerstrom (5,330 comments) says:

    So we’ll see at least some of the leeches joining the queue at WINZ then? Or will, magically, some alternative work appear for them all, most likely in the Taxpayer Harassment Unit?

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