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New Zealand Seeks Input On Tax Administration Reform

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

14 December 2016


New Zealand's Revenue Minister, Michael Woodhouse, has released proposals to simplify and modernize the Tax Administration Act (TAA), as part of the Government's efforts to transform the revenue system.

Woodhouse said: "The Government is committed to ensuring our tax administration is fit for purpose and meets the needs of modern New Zealand." He said the "release of the discussion document, 'Making tax simpler – proposals for modernising the Tax Administration Act,' includes detailed proposals developed following the first round of consultation in November last year. A key feature of this consultation is a focus on moving Inland Revenue resources to help taxpayers get it right from the start by providing more advice."

The Government said submissions received in November 2015 showed support from stakeholders for greater flexibility in how Inland Revenue works with taxpayers and intermediaries. Respondents also spoke of a desire to balance taxpayers' confidentiality with the need for broader information sharing within government.

"A lot has changed in the way individuals and businesses engage with the tax system since the last comprehensive review of our tax administration settings in the early 90s. That is why we are undertaking extensive consultation to ensure the TAA is simple and workable for all New Zealanders," Woodhouse said.

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