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At a time when you can use your cell phone to or­der a movie or buy a plane ticket the Gov­ern­ment thinks that In­land Rev­enue can do much more to make your tax sim­pler.

Busi­nesses say it takes too much time to do their tax and takes them away from do­ing their work. And the tax sys­tem costs too much to run. As tax­pay­ers you pay for that too. Our tax sys­tem is recog­nised as one of the best in the world, but the way we man­age it needs to im­prove.

Over the next cou­ple of years, the Gov­ern­ment will con­sult on ideas to un­der­stand your views be­fore we set­tle on what to do. Th­ese changes will af­fect all New Zealand busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als.

Right now we are giv­ing an over­all pic­ture of how tax could work in the fu­ture, and more de­tail on how we can use dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies to sim­plify tax.

What could this mean for you? As an ex­am­ple, in the fu­ture the Gov­ern­ment pro­poses that ac­count­ing soft­ware would be able to ex­change in­for­ma­tion di­rectly with In­land Rev­enue, so that: • More ac­cu­rate PAYE, GST and re­lated in­for­ma­tion could be pro­vided to In­land Rev­enue au­to­mat­i­cally – with less time needed to fill out forms. • Pro­vi­sional tax could be man­aged more like PAYE and cal­cu­lated as you earn your in­come. There are also some ideas around help­ing small busi­nesses get their tax right from the start.

How could ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion di­rectly with In­land Rev­enue ben­e­fit en­gi­neers and man­u­fac­tur­ers?

I think that th­ese ideas would mean you can spend less time fill­ing out forms, and more time on your busi­ness, but we need your feed­back. It’s time to make the tax sys­tem that is easy for you.

Join the dis­cus­sion

Go to mak­ing­taxsim­pler.ird.govt.nz now for more ideas, to see what oth­ers are say­ing and give your views. • Dis­cus­sion on Bet­ter dig­i­tal ser­vices

closes on 15 May 2015. • Dis­cus­sion on mak­ing tax sim­pler, a Gov­ern­ment Green Pa­per closes on 29 May 2015. For pa­per copies email pol­icy. web­mas­ter@ird.govt.nz (sub­ject line: Mak­ing tax sim­pler doc­u­ments) or phone 0800 587 243.

Hon Todd McClay Min­is­ter of Rev­enue

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