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Moving to accounting systems interacting with IR systems for GST

Transferring GST information through electronic channels is the best way to ensure information is timely and accurate, and to reduce compliance costs.

It is important that no-one is excluded by the move to accounting systems interacting with IR systems. The electronic channels which Inland Revenue provides now will continue to be available alongside the new accounting system-based digital channels. Paper filing will also remain available for the foreseeable future.

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

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

Should moving to the new system be voluntary?

Electronic filing for larger businesses

The previous section suggests that it be voluntary to adopt the new approach of GST filing being carried out by accounting systems interacting directly with Inland Revenue.

However, Government is interested in views on whether some larger filers should be required to file using an electronic channel (this includes any available electronic channel, existing or new) instead of being able to file paper returns.

Filing electronically through channels other than the proposed new accounting system based channel does not provide the full benefit to customers and Inland Revenue. The transfer of information in electronic form nevertheless has the potential to remove some error sources, improve the integrity of the overall system, the speed with which information can be processed, and reduce both customers’ and Inland Revenue’s costs.

Should some businesses be required to file GST electronically?

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