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Statement of Intent 2011-14: Part one - Introduction

Nature and scope of our functions

Inland Revenue collects government revenue and makes payments for social policy programmes. We employ 5,6191 people and have offices in 17 locations throughout New Zealand.

We deliver our services through business groups that provide information and assistance, undertake high-volume processing of returns and payments, and carry out compliance actions such as audit, debt management and litigation. Specialist groups provide corporate and information technology functions, adjudication and ruling services and policy advice.

Collecting revenue

We assess and collect over 80% of core Crown revenue. The majority of the revenue we collect is from income tax and GST, but we also collect several special purpose duties and levies. We also administer unclaimed money.

Figure 1 -
Revenue collected

Direct tax 37.3 38.5 41.3 38.7 34.2
Indirect tax 9.5 10.1 9.9 10.4 11.8
Total tax 46.8 48.6 51.2 49.1 46.0

Administering social policy programmes

We usually work with other government agencies to deliver social policy programmes.

We distribute entitlements for Working for Families Tax Credits to support families in work. The programme is jointly administered with the Ministry of Social Development.

We develop policy and manage service delivery for child support, as an intermediary between paying parents and custodial parents.

We are the central administrator of KiwiSaver, collecting payments and sending them to scheme providers for investment.

We collect student loan repayments from borrowers. The programme is jointly administered with the Ministries of Education and Social Development.

We deliver paid parental leave payments for the Department of Labour to parents who take leave from their job or business to care for a new baby.

Figure 2 -
Social policy programme customers

Student loan borrowers 470 499 530 562 587
Child support (paying) 172 174 173 176 178
Working for Families Tax Credits2 159 190 198 203 201
Paid parental leave 20 25 26 27 27
KiwiSaver members n/a n/a 717 1,101 1,460

Providing policy advice

We provide advice to the government (with the Treasury) on all aspects of tax and social policy measures that interact with the tax system, draft tax legislation, support bills through the parliamentary process, negotiate New Zealand's international tax agreements and forecast tax revenue.

Major legislation we administer

  • Child Support Act 1991
  • Estate and Gift Duties Act 1968
  • Gaming Duties Act 1971
  • Goods and Services Tax Act 1985
  • Income Tax Act 2007
  • Stamp and Cheque Duties Act 1971
  • Student Loan Scheme Act 1992
  • Tax Administration Act 1994
  • Taxation Review Authorities Act 1994
  • Unclaimed Money Act 1971
  • Parts of the KiwiSaver Act 2006
  • Parts of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Paid Parental Leave) Act 1987.

1As at 31 March 2011.

2Families receiving monthly or fortnightly payments.



Date published: 14 Jul 2011

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