The BACCIS telecomms billing software, the furthest developed of the six products at the centre of the Actonz tax write-off case, is still being used, supported and marketed, but under a different name, says Actonz managing director Scott Anderson.
There is one user of the package in New Zealand, “many in the Pacific” and others in Australia and Asia, he says. He declines to go into any more detail, or even to reveal the product's new name.
Anderson claims that the IRD, in pursuing the tax-avoidance action in 1999, interviewed several prospective users and deterred them from buying the package.
“I don’t want that to happen again,” he says, especially as the case is under appeal after a judgment in favour of the IRD.
There has been no recent “management effort” in supporting and developing the billing product, he acknowledges, and “we’ll have to move those [current users] along. They’re using various different versions and various modules” and their use of the product needs to become more uniform to improve support.
Actonz staff are not directly involved in supporting and selling the product, he says. “It’s all in the hands of a dealer [based in Australia].”
Sales have been slow, he says, partly because of the court case and partly owing to the slump in telecomms industry fortunes, which he says are now beginning to pick up again.