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Taxpayers and accountants will be surprised to learn that Revenue Minister thinks ‘everything is fine’ with Inland Revenue’s computer systems, National’s Revenue spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

“Reports today from the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) that Inland Revenue (IRD) appears to be ‘in a state of crisis’ with accountants experiencing delays and issues logging on to the myIR tax system for the past two weeks.

“This is all the more concerning with businesses due to file tax returns by next Saturday.

“The Minister’s casual dismissal of concerns is particularly galling, given the extra pressure his Government has imposed on IRD’s systems by insisting that they also process the Best Start tax credit payments.

“CAANZ have raised the issue with IRD but have yet to receive an explanation as to why the problem is occurring, how widespread the issue is and what steps are being taken to fix it.

“IRD collects $70 billion worth of taxpayers’ dollars each year and we must have reassurance the system is working without glitches that prevent New Zealanders from fulfilling their tax obligations.

“The Minister needs to assure New Zealanders that IRD is not in a state of crisis and is able to cope without causing significant disruption for taxpayers.”

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