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Moving to electronic transfer of information

Should moving to the new system be voluntary?

It is important that no-one is excluded by the move to accounting systems interacting with IR systems. Paper filing will remain available for the foreseeable future. Simple electronic solutions will be available for those for whom the cost of software may be a barrier.

Inland Revenue has already started working with software developers and a pilot is expected to start in December 2015.

Adoption of the use of accounting systems which interact with IR systems will be voluntary, for the foreseeable future at least.

Question

Do you support the proposal that adopting the new services should be voluntary for GST information?

Comments

Max Thomson
It is stated that simple electronic solutions will be available for those for whom the cost of software may be a barrier. The current online submission of GST returns strikes me as about as simple as one could get (if one understands the terminology - well done IRD) so I trust that the "simple electronic solutions" will not be a step backwards by making the returns more complicated.

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7 months ago
Cheryl
It should definitely be voluntary. I'm happy to file on line, but I have a small business and don't want to be pushed into accounting software that I just don't need or want to spend money on.

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7 months ago
Antje
Yes. IRD could start providing a free online accounting package for small and medium sized organisations, review a few years down the line how many companies are still filing manually anyway, and then think about what it would cost those if forced to migrate.

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7 months ago
David Peel
Please do not make payments etc. electronically compulsory. We are older self employed 2 person business, we don't need the cost and confusion of/to buying updating and choosing accounting software and computers. We have no need for new computer that would be required, we are happy with our 10 plus year old one . we employ a competent accountant company to overview our accounts and make sure we are up to date with what we owe. he agrees our small business does not need anything other than carefully detailed books, and we can make payments at appropriate and on time schedules none of this electronic stuff suits us, we are NOT "IT" workers and have little interest in computers, we spend our time working for NZ. I am sure pressure from software sellers is being exerted on the premise it suits every one ,this is not so

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7 months ago
Jack Yan
Electronic methods should be voluntary. I’ve commented elsewhere about the paper-based methods, which at least for me ensure accuracy, and I can run the forms past our accountant. Additionally, we always go with software that’s efficient for us, and based on experience, they are seldom the mainstream programs. For those who find electronic methods more efficient, they should be offered that option; for the rest of us, a paper option should be retained.

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7 months ago
Dene Collison
Electronic is so easy and less painless. Calculations are done automatically and far less hassle. It should be compulsory unless there are extenuating circumstances

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7 months ago
Ewen McNeill
Yes, it should definitely be voluntary. Many small businesses do not have, nor need, complex accounting software and should not be forced to obtain/use a "supported accounting package" just to comply with their tax requirements. Ewen

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7 months ago
Mario Becroft
Yes, it should be voluntary.

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6 months ago
Martin Etherington
Yes. There should always be the option to complete a form online and submit it. I support eliminating the paper form asap.

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6 months ago
Jac
This should definitely be voluntary. We are a small business who do not use, nor intend to purchase, any accounting software. So our processes are predominately manual.

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6 months ago
Carl Moreton
I agree that the new system should be voluntary.

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5 months ago
Angus Ogilvie
Yes. Otherwise for those SMEs that do not have software it would represent an increase in compliance costs. The department presupposes that all business owners are sufficiently competent or confident to operate an online software systems. As a tax agent we regularly prepare work for SMEs that have access to online software systems but do not use them. They have the system largely because we recommend it, not because they are familiar with it. For those who have the confidence to have a go, a little knowledge has routinely proved to be a dangerous thing.

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5 months ago
Murray McComville
Yes, definitely voluntary.Many, esp. small business directors either don't have the technology, or sufficient knowledge of or confidence in using it properly. They certainly will have issues in trusting whether their own systems - or even the entire electronic system- won't crash and of course making it suddenly an impossibility to pay. There needs thus to always be the cheque option of payment available to use. And regarding doing your own calculations- well I have no problems working them out myself with my calculator. I also think its a good and mentally healthy thing to keep exercising one's thinking processes and averting Alzheimers disease- if one might have genetic inclinations in that direction.

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5 months ago
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