Good tax and social policy systems are an essential part of a fair, efficient and productive economy. Taxes raise money to finance government spending, which is essential if New Zealand is to provide the healthcare, education and other government services that its citizens expect. The tax system is therefore a major national asset.
Inland Revenue is also the agency that delivers a range of social policies such as child support, Working for Families, KiwiSaver and student loan repayments. These social policies help increase fairness and improve outcomes for New Zealanders.
The work of the department is governed by Acts of Parliament administered by Inland Revenue.