Date posted: 10/04/2019 4 min read

Inland Revenue and ACC Updates

Inland Revenue’s next changes come into effect on 26 April.

In brief

  • Key Inland Revenue close down dates
  • Note from Inland Revenue regarding making non-electronic payments to Inland Revenue
  • Engaging with ACC

Inland Revenue: Dates for your diary

Inland Revenue’s next changes come into effect on 26 April. 

Their services will be unavailable for a short period, taking advantage of the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays, to allow for the changes to be made:

  • Their core systems, front of office counters and contact centres will shut down from 3pm on Thursday 18th April 2019
  • Systems and services will be back open on the morning of Friday 26th April 2019.

By closing over these dates, which include just two working days, IR hopes to minimise the disruption for you and limit the time that services will be unavailable. 

Pay day filing reminder

As of 1 April 2019, all employers need to be payday filing, which means that if you’re an employer you will have to: 

  • File empoyment information every payday instead of an Employer monthly schedule (IR348)
  • Provide new and departing employees’ address information, as well as their date of birth – if they have provided it to you, and
  • File electronically (from payday compatible software or through myIR) if your annual PAYE/ESCT is $50,000 or more.

If you have not yet had a pay cycle since the change and are not sure what you need to do, more information is available on Inland Revenue’s website or you can check with your payroll software provider.

Inland Revenue’s payday filing information

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Making non- electronic payments to Inland Revenue 

Thank you to our Members who provided feedback on the ‘Tax Payments – when received in time’ item. 

Inland Revenue has reconsidered its earlier proposal to remove post-dated cheques as a tax payment method from February 2019.  The matter will now be considered as part of a review of all non-electronic tax payment methods to ensure these are still relevant and cost efficient to support. 

To provide some context to the review, Payments NZ state that 67 out of every 68 payments in New Zealand are now electronic, with an average 20% reduction in cheque usage annually.  Of the payments IR receive, less than 4.5% are cheques and 90% of those are from clients of Tax Agents. 

Inland Revenue will help tax agents and their clients who may be challenged moving away from cheques as a payment method to find a payment method that works for them and IR. 

Standard Practice Statement SPS 19/01 Tax payments – when received in time, was recently published on Inland Revenue’s website and will be published in the April 2019 Tax Information Bulletin.  Paragraph 15 of this statement sets out the Commissioner’s practice regarding post-dated cheques:

“Inland Revenue will make its best efforts not to bank post-dated cheques until the specified date. A cheque that is post-dated after the due date, even though it may have been received on or before the due date, will be treated as late. This applies to cheques that are mailed or physically delivered.”

 The CA ANZ Tax Team will keep you updated on developments as they come to hand.

Read the final SPS 19/01 Tax payments – when received in time

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Engaging with ACC

The easiest way to engage with ACC is to self-serve through MyACC for Business, this platform allows you to: 

  • Manage your clients’ ACC affairs on their behalf
  • Manage multiple clients in one place
  • Self-link to new or existing clients
  • Set up payment plans for your customers (if their bank accounts are on file)
  • Choose how you want to authenticate when you log in, using RealMe, Google or Microsoft. 

If you’d like to contact ACC (not through MyACC for Business) email business@acc.co.nz or phone 0800 222 991.

If your query needs escalating or there is a very specific issue, ACC’s Business Customer Solutions team can help, email them on bcs@acc.co.nz. Please note, this inbox is centrally managed, and queries are assigned according to capacity and expertise. Queries are no longer allocated geographically. 

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