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Benefits of better access to information held by Inland Revenue?

In the future, employers which use electronic channels should no longer be reliant on statements, but will be able to access information online, either through their payroll software or via Inland Revenue’s web-based portal. Information received digitally will be processed and updated much more rapidly than at present.

The visibility of much more up-to-date information than at present should give employers much more certainty and reduce the need for them to contact Inland Revenue.

In addition, it is intended that an employer and an Inland Revenue staff member would be able to see information formatted in the same way.  This should reduce the time taken to resolve queries that cannot be resolved on a self-service basis.

Questions

Would the following attributes of the proposed new PAYE processes be of value?

          a)  faster processing  of PAYE information by Inland Revenue?

          b)  greater access to your PAYE information?

          c)  the ability to filter and drill into your PAYE information?

          d)  the ability, if necessary, for you and an Inland Revenue staff member to see the same information?

If you can quantify the effect please do so.

Comments

David Williamson
Not everyone has computers

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8 months ago
Fiona Palmer
If a small business doesn't have a computer they're not going to be able to see their information anyway. I don't thinks it's relevant to those people.

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8 months ago
Haydn J
a. yes, faster processing of manual EMS would be of huge benefit b. Having the consolidated DED information available prior to it being split into its underlying tax components would be of huge benefit when trying to reconcile errors c. The ability to drill into PAYE information to get individual employee information would help isolate and reconcile errors d. If we have the above 3 improvements, there will be less need to talk to IRD

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8 months ago
Software training contractor
Yes to them all. Self-check functionality would be great and errors would be able to be tracked as required.

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8 months ago
Lyn
Filter and Drill? What is the relevance of this facility?

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8 months ago
michele hunt
I find the My IR much easier than the paper format but this should still be available for those without digital access which would be a minority. For both parties to see the same information would be useful.

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8 months ago
Ian McKee
All good ideas- but make sure it works for manual entry as well. Not all companies have payroll software.

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8 months ago
Chris Peace
Again, if Xerox was one of the software systems used I would trust it. It is simple and easy to use. But I find the IRD online systems difficult and opaque.

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8 months ago
Suzanne Ashton
Yes to all the above, either through payroll software or via Inland Revenue's web-based portal. Again an edit/error correction function would be extremely useful, eliminating the need for lengthy telephone conversations with IRD. We find that often when we agree on a solution via telephone, the funds aren't distributed as intended when they reach IRD, perhaps timeliness may assist this process? Manual payroll system operators might not benefit but that is their choice and this should remain an option for them.

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8 months ago
Fiona Palmer
Yes to everything .

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8 months ago
Financial Adviser
Most kiwis have computers and all of the information you have proposed to provide is most welcome. Yes please.

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7 months ago
Mario Becroft
All of these things would be useful. At the moment, if a small error is made I receive highly confusing statements from IRD that even IRD staff sometimes have trouble sorting out. Anything to make this all clearer to all parties is of considerable value.

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6 months ago
Mario Becroft
In addition to my previous comment, this information should be accessible online via IRD's web site, and should not require the use of accounting software to achieve.

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6 months ago
Paula
Firstly I think there needs to be improvement at IRD reporting ... their statements are segmented and the data is difficult to utilise. There's no clear opening balance, returns filed and payments made process ... if there is a difference or penalities, the transactions reported are higglety pigglety. Now with the eDocuments, the information is available in a more timely fashion, but its difficult to know how one statement can have a balance due and the next statement doesn't have the same opening balance. A better accounting system at IRD level is needed to start this improvement process.

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5 months ago
Noel Reid
Yes to all pints. Could the concept be extended to IR sharing secondary employment details with the main employer's payroll system, in an endeavour to get overall tax calcs as accurate as possible?

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