Inland Revenue Department (New Zealand)
|Headquarters||55 Featherston Street
|Annual budget||$6,338.7 million (2015-16)|
Inland Revenue (IRD; Former Known Name: Inland Revenue Department) (Māori: Te Tari Taake) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on tax policy, collecting and disbursing payments for social support programmes, and collecting tax.
The Department administers the following social support programmes - Working for Families (tax credits), Paid Parental Leave (payment), Child Support (collection and payment), Student Loan debt (collection), and KiwiSaver.
Inland Revenue employs over 5,500 full-time equivalent staff in 17 cities and towns across New Zealand.
The Department's Māori name, Te Tari Taake, is an older spelling of Te Tari Tāke, meaning The Department [of] Tax. Despite long vowels in Māori now being expressed with macrons over the vowel rather than double vowels, the Department continues to use the double vowel due to the resemblance of the word tāke to the English word take.
Inland Revenue started out as the Land Tax Department in 1878. The Department was renamed the Land and Income Tax Department in 1892 with the central office set up in Wellington.
Only in 1952, when the organisation joined with the Stamp Duties Department, was the organisation known as the Inland Revenue Department.
In 2013–14, Inland Revenue collected $56.2 billion in tax revenue, which was more than 80% of the money the government used to pay for services that all New Zealanders benefited from, including healthcare, education, and law and order. Other services included housing and community development, environmental protection, defence, transport, social security and welfare, and heritage, cultre and recreation.
Inland Revenue's Transformation
Inland Revenue's Business Transformation is an organisation-wide effort to design a modern revenue system for New Zealand that meets New Zealanders' changing expectations and Government priorities.
The new tax system will radically improve how business, customers and other parties interact and transact with Inland Revenue in the future. Inland Revenue's business transformation doesn’t only relate to the transformation and modernisation of their IT systems, it also includes all of their processes, platforms, policies and service delivery.
Acts and Regulations administered
The major pieces of legislation administered by Inland Revenue are:
- 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.
List of Ministers
The Minister of Inland Revenue is the political office of Minister for the department of Inland Revenue. Since 2013, the position has been held by Todd McClay.
Past ministers include:
- 1999-2005 Michael Cullen (Minister of Revenue)
- 2005-2013 Peter Dunne (Minister of Revenue)
- 2013- Todd McClay (Minister of Revenue)
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- "Hon Todd McClay". Beehive New Zealand Government. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- Official website
- Policy Advice Division of Inland Revenue
- What's Tax? - New Zealand government website on tax