10 Apr 2013

Public input important on info sharing law - IRD

10:38 pm on 10 April 2013

A manager at Inland Revenue says it is listening to public concern over information sharing between the department and other government agencies.

The Government is suggesting that IRD be allowed to pass on confidential taxpayer information to police and other agencies in cases involving crimes that have at least a four-year jail term.

The department has already asked for public submissions on the idea and in its latest research sought comments on some hypothetical scenarios.

IRD group manager Gail Kelly says the key finding is a concern that government departments could fish for irrelevant information from the IRD

Dr Kelly says legislation to enact IRD information sharing will be based on public feedback.