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Releasing information with taxpayer consent

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A taxpayer is unable to waive tax secrecy as it is an obligation imposed on Inland Revenue staff, not a privilege or right of the taxpayer.  Therefore, if a taxpayer needs to provide their tax information to a third party, including another government agency, they would need to request the information themselves and then provide it to the third party.

Customer consent to having their information shared to improve public services is increasingly being explored across government.  Allowing taxpayers to consent to their information being released could potentially enable greater participation in optional cross-government services, such as initiatives to make updating contact details across government easier.  (This would not affect Inland Revenue’s ability to share information without consent, where legislative authority exists.)

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