税务局(IRD)用讨债公司追债令人无法接受

工党税务发言人斯图亚特纳什近日批评税务局(IRD)用独立讨债员追讨逾期税款的作法令人无法接受。他指出,如果不想损害公众对本国税务系统之保密性的信心,就应当立即停止这种作法。

IRD掌握了大量高度机密的信息,辜负国人的信任而将此类资讯外泄给独立的追债公司是完全错误的。

纳什表示,当然我们全都认为公平纳税人人有责,但他希望IRD在严厉打击税务欺诈时,要利用内部现有的雄厚力量和资源来解决。

如果问题属于内部资源不足,那么IRD应考虑招收更多的收税人员。毕竟,IRD告诉我们说他们为征讨税款每花出1纽元,就能回收60纽元。

纳什说,就他所知的一个案例中,纳税人的讯息被透露给了一个讨债人,而且还问纳税人是否愿意用信用卡支付逾期债务。这是对保密性的公然侵犯。

 

IRD的运作也依赖于新西兰人自愿提供高度机密的个人信息。纳税人的资讯必须得到高度保密,而不是随随便便就给了某家私人公司。

今年初,在一次财务与支出专项委员会会议上,斯图亚特∙纳什和工党议员宪∙琼斯(Shane Jones)向IRD明确提出:工党强烈不满IRD将纳税人的信息泄露给税务部门之外的任何第三方。

纳什强调:”我还从来没有见过有谁授权IRD把纳税人的私人资讯提供给税务局以外的代理机构的。”

他呼吁税务部长应在整个局势变得更糟、纳税人信心丧失之前对此重新审查,应立即停止这种侵犯个人隐私的作法。

IRD’s use of debt collectors unacceptable

The use of independent debt collectors by the IRD to collect outstanding taxes is unacceptable and has to stop immediately if public confidence in the confidentiality of the system is to remain intact, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Stuart Nash.

“The IRD holds a great deal of highly confidential information and to breach the trust of Kiwis by releasing such information to an independent debt collection agency is simply not right,” Stuart Nash said.

“Of course we all expect New Zealanders to pay their fair share of tax, and I would expect the IRD to come down hard on tax cheats, but to do so in-house using their own significant powers and resources.

“If it is a matter of in-house resource constraints then the IRD should look to employ more people in the role of tax collection.  After all, the department informed me that they receive a $60 return for every $1 spent chasing tax debt,” Stuart Nash said.

“I understand in one case, the partner of a taxpayer was given the information by a debt collector and asked if he would like to pay the outstanding debt by credit card. This is a blatant breach of confidentiality.

“The IRD also relies on New Zealanders to voluntarily provide quite a high level of personal information. Taxpayers must be able to expect the highest level of confidentiality, not have their information pawned off to an independent company.

“Labour MP Shane Jones and I made it clear to the IRD at a Finance and Expenditure select committee meeting earlier in the year that we would be most unhappy for taxpayer information to be handed to anyone outside of the department.

“I have never seen anything that gives the IRD the mandate to pass on a taxpayer’s private information to an outside agency.

“I urge the Minister to review this process before it is muddied further and taxpayer confidence is threatened.

“This breach of privacy must be stopped immediately,” Stuart Nash said.

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