24 Jun 2011

Audit finds IRD could make it easier to help taxpayers

9:43 pm on 24 June 2011

The Auditor-General says the Inland Revenue Department could make it easier for first-time taxpayers to understand how to pay their tax.

A performance audit has found the department's website difficult to understand and recommends it be redesigned so people can easily find the information they need.

The audit also found taxpayers' success with calling Inland Revenue varied.

Only 11.8% of callers were able to get through on 15 July, yet the day before, 88.6% got through.

It's also recommended the IRD monitor the website's effectiveness and review the way call service quality is monitored.