Chiefs need to roll over the tax calculator to cover themselves and cover themselves


The Inland Revenue Department must be held accountable after further revelations about their wobbly and wobbly “tax calculator” come to light. Not only was the “tax calculator” malfunctioning, officials were aware of its serious flaws since September of last year.

Taxpayers Union spokesperson Jordan Williams said:

“During nine long months of neglect, the IRD knew that its so-called calculator was not accurate. They were ultimately forced to reveal things just days before a major tax deadline. The IRD then focused on how they would be alert to taxpayers who delayed submitting their reports, but they did not mention what would happen to the thousands of people who had already paid too much tax simply by doing the right thing.

“You have to be able to trust the IRD on tax issues, that’s their only job. Yet they knowingly let a flawed online tool force law-abiding people who file their returns to pay more tax than they owe. We are convinced that the much-vaunted but fatally flawed app has never concluded that users should pay less in taxes than they are owed. “

“Heads must fall on the IRD, starting with those who signed on the calculator, then those who remained on the fault for months, then the whirrers who tried to give the impression that it was not only affected taxpayers filing last minute returns. This debacle has affected thousands of New Zealand and foreign taxpayers and the IRD must address it. The Union reiterates its call for the IRD to pay its standard penalty interest rates to taxpayers affected by its error.

“Revenue Minister Stuart Nash should call the commissioner into his office and demand that heads fall. “

The Minister may also need to verify his own tax returns if he has used the calculator.

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