New Zealanders will benefit socially and economically through Inland Revenue working collaboratively and being part of the broader Public Service. We share our information and expertise to benefit government and society.
Results achieved through information sharing
One of our case studies looks at how we set up an information portal with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to help administer the Wage Subsidy and the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment. The portal allows us to share information with MSD staff to verify employer applications. It helped get funding to eligible customers quickly, while protecting people’s privacy with appropriate access permissions and provision of minimum data needed for verification.
Other key information-sharing initiatives
As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, it passed legislation that allows us to share information with other government agencies to respond to the pandemic. This provision is targeted, time limited and only used when existing legislative provisions are not adequate to share information.
We shared with the following agencies.
- Ministry of Social Development - For the Wage Subsidy, Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme, COVID-19 Income Relief Payment and the Apprenticeship Boost Income Scheme.
- Ministry of Health - Contact information for a contact of a positive COVID-19 case when they could not be located.
- Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) - Information to assist with MPI’s support for businesses affected by COVID-19.
You can read more about our information-sharing agreements and summaries of agreements with other government agencies.
Results of international collaboration
One of our case studies looks at the range of targeted activities that have been used to address international tax compliance. The aim of our international tax work is to collect ‘the right amount of tax at the right time through the right channels’. We do this by providing an environment that supports New Zealand businesses operating globally and assists multi-national enterprises operating here. Collaboration is key - we work with other tax authorities and key business interests to foster certainty about tax and facilitate trade and investment.