Filing and paying PAYE and GST
Our vision for the future of filing and paying PAYE and GST
Getting your tax sorted may become easier soon. You can read about changes we are considering below and watch a short video to see what changes could mean for busy business people like Andy & Sarah.
It’s important to note that some of the examples below would require changes to legislation. The New Zealand Government has signalled that they are considering all these changes, and more. You can keep up to date on their proposals at www.makingtaxsimpler.ird.govt.nz (external link) .
Using the information in your accounting software
Since your accounting software would securely communicate with Inland Revenue systems, your EMS and GST returns may be generated automatically. You’d review them and submit them to us, direct from your accounting software. You may even be able set up a future payment at the same time.
It’s also possible that we could send information you submit via your accounting software to other government departments on your behalf. For example, rather than sending much of the same information to us and ACC, your accounting software could send the information to us, and we could forward on required information to ACC.
Businesses without accounting software, but keen to work electronically, would still be able to use myIR Secure Online Services to manage their tax.
If you made a mistake and need to change your returns, you can make those changes online, and we’ll tell you quickly if we accepted the changes and any next steps.
All of your accounts in one place
When you login to myIR Secure Online Services to manage your tax, you’ll be able to see information about all your relationships with us from one account. No more having to log in and out to swap between different accounts.
We asked for your comments around the ideas we had and whether you thought they could work for you. Check out a summary of the feedback.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts.
Check out what these changes may mean for busy people like Andy & Sarah.
What happens now
At the moment, you can file your EMS or GST returns online, or post paper returns to us.
Paper returns aren't ideal. Mistakes can be made when you copy the information over from your business records, and you need to mail your return early to make sure it reaches us by the due date.
Because paper filers don't get prompts from software, due dates can be overlooked.
If you file online, you'll need to switch between screens containing your business records and our online filing service to enter information. For people with accounting software, there's no direct link between your system and ours to simply ‘upload’ this information.
Payroll and other relevant information generally isn't shared between government agencies, so you may need to spend time sending the same information to different agencies.
Mistakes can be time-consuming. If you find you've made a mistake after you've filed a return, you may need to write to us or a send secure email message via myIR Secure Online Services to ask us to make changes.
Government’s policy consultation
Making Tax Simpler
Government is conducting a separate series of policy consultations on detailed proposals to make tax simpler.
You can find out about these on Government’s Making Tax Simpler (external link) website.
You might also want to find out more about this website.