NZ Govt Consults On Internal Tax Info Sharing Initiative
11 April 2013
Posted by: Author: Mary Swire
Source: Mary Swire
New Zealand's Inland Revenue could share information with other domestic government agencies as part of a drive to tackle "serious crime."
The proposals are contained in a consultation released for public comment. According to Police Minister Anne Tolley: "The Government is looking for a balanced approach that protects a taxpayer's right to privacy, but at the same time making sure offenders are held to account when evidence of serious wrongdoing is held by Inland Revenue."
The Government believes that certain information held by Inland Revenue, including tax history or business connections, could help with investigations into a variety of offences. As such, the consultation document makes it clear that information would only be shared with other government agencies when probable serious crime is likely to be uncovered.
As part of the consultation process, respondents will be able to comment online on five scenarios showing how Inland Revenue might share information. Formal written submissions are also welcomed.
Justice Minister Judith Collins said of the proposals: "It's important for the Government to get the public's views on sharing individual's tax information between government agencies. We want to know what concerns people may have, and the safeguards people might want in place before any changes are made. Protecting people's rights to privacy and confidentiality are critical."
The consultation is open until May 21.