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Tax secrecy or taxpayer confidentiality?

Do you agree with narrowing the coverage of secrecy to information that can directly or indirectly identify a taxpayer?

Under this proposal the confidentiality of a taxpayer’s individual affairs would remain, as a starting point, protected.  This would not mean individual information would never be disclosed, but rather, as is the case now, a specific exception authorised by legislation would be required.

In narrowing the tax secrecy rule, appropriate protections would remain in the Tax Administration Act for sensitive information about Inland Revenue processes, or when the release of information would be damaging to the integrity of the tax system.

Narrowing the tax secrecy rule would allow Inland Revenue to assist with more requests for information, when that information is anonymised or aggregated.  It would also enable Inland Revenue to provide more information in response to Official Information Act requests.

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