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Is there scope to rationalise the provision of employer information to other agencies?

The Government has ambitious goals of achieving better outcomes for New Zealanders through delivering better public services. One way to do this is for government agencies to share more information, enabling businesses and individuals to tell government information only once.

At present, PAYE information is used by Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Statistics New Zealand under specific legislative authority.

The Government is conscious that other government agencies also require information from employers and that there may be scope to rationalise the number of separate process.  It should be noted that for greater sharing to occur a law change or Order in Council would be required.

Question

Do you provide information to other government agencies which you think would more appropriately be provided to and passed on by Inland Revenue as part of the PAYE information process?

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Haydn J
No

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8 months ago
Software training contractor
No.

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8 months ago
Lyn
No

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8 months ago
michele hunt
No

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8 months ago
Leonie
no

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8 months ago
Chris Peace
I would be happy to have a single portal to IRD and MSD

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8 months ago
Christine
With the move across Government to share information, I think this makes sense and is already happening in a limited way. A reduction in returns is always welcome. There may need to be consideration given to being able to check the information shared as there is instances where this is not correct. Also will need to consider the small business owner who is currently doing things manually and the cost implications for their business.

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8 months ago
Suzanne Ashton
No

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8 months ago
Fiona Palmer
It's a bit Big Brother. We are required by Courts to collect payments for fines, which could be integrated into the PAYE system as it's another cost to our business having to set up an AP for an employees fines. Other than that, I don't think any other agencies should have details of an employees PAYE details.

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8 months ago
MichelleNC
We don't know of other departments that this might apply to, and with deductions like court fines they seem to get the information anyway and order the deductions so there must be some type of information sharing going on there to identify the person's employer and that they are being paid by them. If this is to be implemented to simplify things, extra information sharing would need to be strictly controlled and employers able to check the information is accurate and/or have some ability to control what is shared and when.

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8 months ago
Common Sense
No, but it appears that "Big Brother will be soon upon us"!

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8 months ago
Financial Adviser
Information is freely shared between these departments anyway. Only ACC, MSD, Justice & IRD should be free sharing the information though. It makes sense to get on top of people that "rort" the system costing tax payers millions.

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7 months ago
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