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Transforming Inland Revenue Te Whakahou i te Tari Taake

Stages of our Business Transformation Programme

We're improving our tax system over three years. 2018 will introduce changes to the way you manage your business income tax.

The first stage of changes

The first stage of changes was released in February 2017 and included:

  • Moving GST into myIR Secure Online Services so you could file returns and make payments at the same time.
  • Introducing an online registration process for new migrants and businesses applying for an IRD number.
  • Recognising New Zealand Business Numbers when you contact us.

These new services were the first step to make it simple for you to manage your tax and work with us.

The second stage of changes

The second stage of changes focuses on streamlining business income taxes. These changes were released in April 2018 and include:

  • Accounting income method (AIM) for paying provisional tax
    If you're a business you can choose to manage your provisional tax using AIM-capable software. You'll pay your provisional tax as you go, matching how your business receives its income.
    Find out more about the accounting income method (AIM)
  • Making it easier to file your PAYE online
    If you're a business you'll be able to file your employment schedules and deductions in myIR. This will save you time and streamline your payroll processes.
    Find out more about changes to PAYE filing
  • Moving returns and calculators in to myIR
    We're moving some of our fringe benefit tax (FBT), gaming machine duty (GMD) and portfolio investment entity (PIE) services and products into myIR.
    Find out more about what's changing for businesses

Future stages of changes

  • The third stage of changes will focus on social policy.
  • The fourth stage of changes will focus on the remaining changes required to complete the new tax administration system.

This page will be updated with information about these stages.

Public consultation on policy

Some of the changes being introduced are subject to new legislation the Government has proposed. To date the Government has consulted on:

Consultation topic Consultation period
Better administration of social policy July 2017
Better administration of individuals' income tax June 2017
Proposals for modernising the Tax Administration Act December 2016 - February 2017
Investment income information July - August 2016
Better business tax April - May 2016
Towards a new Tax Administration Act November 2015 - February 2016
Better administration of GST and PAYE November 2015 - February 2016
Better digital services March - May 2015
Green paper on the vision of tax administration March - May 2015

A tax administration system that centres on you

We’re talking with customers, tax professionals, banks, software developers, businesses, industry groups and other government agencies. We're monitoring your feedback to make sure the new tax administration system truly meets your needs now and in future.

If you're affected by the changes, we'll contact you directly as we roll out each stage of improvements. This means you'll be ready to get the most out of our new services.

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