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Information sharing with MSD

17 November 2016

The Minister of Revenue and the Social Development Minister today launched public consultation seeking views on changes to existing information sharing arrangements between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development. The consultation document, Information sharing between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development, contains proposals to:

- bring together the various current information sharing agreements between MSD and IRD into one agreement;

- extend the information sharing to enable targeted housing assistance to those in need; and

- extend the information sharing to verify a student’s and their parents’ income in assessing student allowance entitlements.

For more information see the Ministers' media statement, the consultation document and the online consultation on the proposals. Consultation closes on 16 December 2016.


Hon Anne Tolley
Minister for Social Development

Hon Michael Woodhouse
Minister of Revenue

17 November 2016

Media statement

Feedback sought on MSD/IRD info sharing

Eligibility for housing assistance and student allowances could be established more accurately under information sharing proposals released for public consultation today by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Information sharing already exists between IRD and MSD, but the Government is proposing to group the various current information sharing agreements into one.

The proposals also extend the use of information to enable MSD to:

  • provide targeted housing assistance to those in need
  • verify a student’s and their parents’ income for assessing student allowance entitlements.

“Under the proposals, MSD will be able to verify who qualifies for social housing support through IRD, rather than having to talk to the employer as they do currently,” Ms Tolley says.

“MSD will also be able to verify the information students provide for student allowance purposes against information IRD already holds, making the process a lot smoother.”

Mr Woodhouse says IRD holds an immense amount of information such as contact details and income which is shared for specific purposes.

“Widening some of the purposes for sharing information has the potential to improve customer service and make processes quicker and easier for both customers and government agencies,” Mr Woodhouse says.

The discussion document Information sharing between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development can be found at www.taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz. Submissions close on 16 December 2016.