Inland Revenue to pilot online accounts from next month

Inland Revenue will allow small businesses and tax agents to access their various accounts online if a pilot being held next month goes according to plan.

Inland Revenue will allow small businesses and tax agents to access their various accounts online if a pilot being held next month goes according to plan.

Inland Revenue's general manager of business development and systems, Colin MacDonald, says the project is part of Inland Revenue's move to offer more ways for tax payers to communicate with the agency.

"Our latest service is a secure email facility from the website which we've just rolled out and this account look-up service is our next project."

While larger companies have been able to deal directly with Inland Revenue for some time, MacDonald says this service will allow smaller companies to see all their various accounts in one place at one time.

"Individual tax payers mostly don't have to file a return each year any more so they won't need such a service at the moment."

MacDonald plans to pilot the service, then roll it out to a control group and finally to the greater community with an upgrade of the service already scheduled for a few months' time.

"We feel that's the best way to handle such a project. It's worked well for us in the past."

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