2007 media releases
KiwiSaver information readily available from Inland Revenue
29 June 2007
All the information employers and individuals need about KiwiSaver is readily available, says Inland Revenue Deputy Commissioner Colin MacDonald.
Inland Revenue has sent 1.5 million Employee Information Packs and 200,000 Employer Guides to employers registered with the department.
More than 130,000 copies of the packs have so far been downloaded from www.kiwisaver.govt.nz, which has been seeing growing numbers of visitors since it was launched nine months ago.
"We're working with many employers to help them implement the work-based savings scheme," Mr MacDonald said.
"Our focus in the first few months of the scheme is going to be very much on education and support, to make the implementation of the scheme as smooth as possible," Mr MacDonald said.
"Employers' obligations for KiwiSaver are very simple - provide information to workers who want it and enrol new staff and others who want to opt in. For 1 July, nothing has changed.
"Everything they need is available at the website and we're also encouraging people to contact our KiwiSaver call centre if they have any other queries.
"The call centre has been getting a steadily growing number of inquiries from employers, individuals and tax agents.
"Yesterday we had 1135 calls and we're geared up to take a lot more calls from next week.
"We are also receiving an average of over 15,000 visitors a day to the website.''
Mr MacDonald said the information campaign will continue as KiwiSaver goes through milestones, including next week's official start, and 1 October when Inland Revenue will begin passing contributions to the scheme providers.
"Our message right now is very much business as usual - anyone who is eligible and wants to join will be able to, " Mr MacDonald said.
Where to get information
On the Internet: www.kiwisaver.govt.nz
Call Centre hours, Monday-Friday, 8.00am-8.00pm, and Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm.
Employees or individuals: 0800 KiwiSaver (0800 549 472)
Employers: 0800 377 772
A Language Line service is offered for customers whose first or preferred language is not English.
Deaf and hearing-impaired customers, please fax 0800 447 755
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Other media releases this year
- Draft guidelines released for new R&D tax credit
- Man extradited from Australia to face tax charges
- Working for Families Tax Credits to be made early
- Inland Revenue alerts tax professionals
- 'Money man' behind major tax scam jailed
- Third conviction in Rawleigh tax evasion case
- Samoan chief receives two years' home detention
- Early working for families tax credits scheduled
- Cash businesses are in the spotlight
- Inland Revenue transfers first KiwiSaver funds to scheme providers
- Late filers advised to contact Inland Revenue
- Wellington Inland Revenue staff to centralise
- Christchurch businessman fined $20,000 on tax charges
- Hamilton JP jailed for two years for $1.1 million tax evasion
- Businessman pleads guilty to $1.3 million in tax charges
- Jail term extended for Tauranga tax evader
- Inland Revenue offers Language Line
- Inland Revenue wins prestigious IT award
- Inland Revenue simplifies tax with Business Is Booming
- Inland Revenue reassures people affected by weather
- Customers urged to contact Inland Revenue
- Inland Revenue issues GST statement on unconditional property sale agreements
- Scott Anderson bankrupted for unpaid debt of $13 million
- Inland Revenue welcomes 'Trinity' court ruling
- Christchurch tourism operators' concern leads to community service for tax evader
- Inland Revenue welcomes prison sentence for GST fraud
- Levin man sent to jail over $45,000 in GST fraud
- Businessman who "undercut the opposition" jailed for tax fraud
- Accountant's low profits prompted tax audit
- "Not a lot" of effort to pay taxes results in jail term for tax evasion
- Tiler in court for keeping staff tax payments
- Northland flood victims should call if having problems with tax payments
- Tax agent fined $10,000 for refusing to cooperate with Inland Revenue
- Early Working for Families Tax Credits payments
- Nelson man in court for not passing on employees' tax payments
- Tax season underway
- Businesses foolish to try to suppress details of income
- Dairy owner in court for cheating on taxes over seven years
- Two years' prison for 146 tax offences
- Refusing to cooperate with Inland Revenue lands couple in court
- Prison sentence upholds integrity of tax system, says Inland Revenue
- Early family assistance payments
- Tax payments due on 7 February
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Date published: 29 Jun 2007
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