Taxman in search of engine to run more rules

IRD issues RFI seeking to identify business rules engine software capabilities

Inland Revenue is probably New Zealand’s leading exponent of implementing business rules, having daily to weigh up the characteristics of the businesses and calculate their tax liabilities.

However, the department is still interested in products and technologies to help it apply such rules.

IRD last week issued a request for information “seeking to identify business rules engine software capabilities available within the marketplace”.

“We are requesting information on business rules engine tools and systems that are scalable to enterprise-wide requirements,” says the document.

Inland Revenue’s business rules are, of course, embedded in its existing IT systems, says an IRD spokesperson. “A separate business rules engine will provide Inland Revenue with an opportunity to streamline implementation of any changes that may be required in our day-to-day operations.

Once Inland Revenue has the information requested, it will “incorporate it into a business case to seek funding,” IRD says. “If the business case is approved, Inland Revenue will make further approaches to the market place.”

The timeframe of any further steps “will depend on the outcome of the business case”, says the spokesperson.

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