Date posted: 29/07/2022

CA ANZ cements key stakeholder relationship with Inland Revenue

CA ANZ NZ Tax Leader John Cuthbertson and Tax Advisory Group Chair Scott Mason recently had a meeting with Peter Mersi, the new Commissioner of Inland Revenue.

In Brief

  • CA ANZ’s contribution to the New Zealand tax system as a key stakeholder
  • The unique collaborative landscape between the tax advisor community and Inland Revenue

Whilst CA ANZ’s meeting with Commissioner Mersi was primarily introductory in function, it gave our representatives the opportunity to highlight the contribution that CA ANZ makes to the New Zealand tax system as a key stakeholder. This includes the role that our regional liaison network of members and the National Tax Liaison Group play in identifying and seeking resolution of operational issues with Inland Revenue, as well as our significant commitment to ensuring that tax policy is practical and workable for taxpayers and business, particularly the SME sector.

CA ANZ with IR commissioner Peter Mersi

CA ANZ representatives meet Peter Mersi, the new Commissioner of Inland Revenue. Photo credit: John Cuthbertson

CA ANZ and its Tax Advisory Group (formerly National Tax Committee) have advocated in the public interest on tax policy matters for many decades. CA ANZ NZ Tax Leader John Cuthbertson said it was useful being able to define what we meant by public interest advocacy for the benefit of the new Commissioner, including that we fundamentally recognised the Government’s right to introduce legislation as they saw fit.

"We were also able to share the pride that we had in being able to step up during COVID to identify and seek remedies for key tax issues and collaborate with Inland Revenue and Government as a key stakeholder proxy for truncated public consultation to ensure the passage of tax legislation under urgency supporting taxpayers and business."

The meeting also highlighted the unique collaborative landscape between the tax advisor community and Inland Revenue/Government in New Zealand for the betterment of the tax system, an approach that is envied by most countries around the world. CA ANZ noted that this position had been hard-earned with meaningful consultation under the generic tax policy process and that it was important that all parties continue to work hard to retain mutual trust.

CA ANZ was the first external party to have an official meeting with Commissioner Mersi.

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