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Automatic exchange of financial information to begin in New Zealand

Revenue Minister Judith Collins has today welcomed the start of Inland Revenue’s information campaign on the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) which is part of the OECD-led effort to combat tax evasion.

From 1 July 2017, financial institutions in New Zealand will be required to identify accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents, and collect relevant information.  This information will be reported to Inland Revenue by 30 June every year.

AEOI rules require financial institutions to pass on more information from foreign tax residents with both pre-existing and new accounts. This is in preparation for the first international exchange of information which will take place next year.

“Inland Revenue will pass this information on to the relevant foreign tax authorities to make sure everyone’s paying the right amount of tax. Taxpayers’ privacy and data security are important concerns for Inland Revenue and information will be shared safely and securely.

“The information campaign targets foreign tax residents with accounts here but also New Zealanders with accounts overseas since their information may be shared with Inland Revenue by other jurisdictions,” Ms Collins says. “This means a New Zealand tax resident with a bank account overseas can expect to have their identity and details such as their balance information shared.”

KiwiSaver schemes will be exempt from the information exchange so savers’ account information won’t be shared.

The initial list of 58 jurisdictions Inland Revenue can share with will be announced shortly and will be added to over time as more countries put the appropriate confidentiality and data safeguards in place.

More information is available at www.ird.govt.nz/infoshare.

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