Software Developers Working Group
The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to simplify the tax system, including greater use of electronic technology and simplifying PAYE and income tax returns for individuals and employers. The initiative is called Making tax easier.
As most businesses already keep all their financial information in a computer-based business accounting system it makes sense to use the internet to pass tax information on to Inland Revenue directly rather than copying that information on to paper forms or entering the details into a separate computer system.
The Software Developers Working Group, SDWG, brings together providers and suppliers of products and/or services available on the New Zealand market that offer a broad range of solutions for small through to medium and large entities.
The group will explore options for a tax system that meets the needs of businesses, software developers and Inland Revenue. Also in the group are Inland Revenue people involved with Making tax easier and the Software Developers Liaison Unit.
6 October 2010
The first meeting of the SDWG was held on 6 October 2010 in Wellington. Revenue Minister Peter Dunne addressed the working group and noted the challenges that lay ahead for Inland Revenue. For more information, see the key discussion points resulting from this meeting.
22 October 2010
Design update requesting feedback
On 22 October, the Making tax easier design update was sent to the SDWG for feedback. The memo detailed a high level process flow for PAYE and Inland Revenue's initial ideas on the additional data and validations that would be needed to support the process.
4 and 8 November 2010
The Inland Revenue Design Team and a number of software developers conducted two phone conferences to discuss the feedback relating to Inland Revenue's initial ideas. In particular, Inland Revenue wanted to further discuss the processes around registering an employee, notification of employment stop date and filing of deductions.
Date published: 09 Dec 2010