Minister’s Update

Image of Minister Hon Judith Collins

The month of March was a busy month for ethnic communities-starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March, Race Relations Day on 21 March and a host of multicultural events delivered throughout the country.

These events are so valuable and I try to get to as many of them as possible. I strongly encourage local communities to join in the festivities. The Race Relations Theme for this year was “Welcoming Diversity” and multicultural events are a great place to do that.

March is also a busy month in one of my other portfolios- Inland Revenue as some businesses have a financial year ending 31 March.

This is a great opportunity to share with you some of the changes you’ll see in a new section in myIR called "My GST".

You can do some new things including:

  • Arranging your GST payment at the same time as you submit your return. You can do this by authorising a direct debit from your bank account or using your Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card. There's no need to make a separate payment by internet banking. You can also schedule the payment for the due date.
  • Requesting an amendment to an already filed GST return, making it easier and quicker to do.
  • Choosing to receive email and/or text message reminders when your GST return and payment is due or late to avoid penalties. Tax agents can now bulk-file clients’ GST returns, access clients’ GST information, request amendments, set up payment plans and do much more.

Businesses can now also use their New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) as a unique identifier when contacting Inland Revenue.

In addition, new migrants can register online for an IRD number, making it faster for them to be work ready.

We want to make tax easier for all New Zealanders, including ethnic communities. If you need to call Inland Revenue and would like to use a telephone interpreter, you can ask for the Language Line service through which forty-four languages are available. 

Inland Revenue also offers free tax seminars and workshops, and business advisory visits are free of charge.

If you are considering starting a business these online videos may help. They are available in seven different languages.

Best wishes
Judith Collins