The Herald has an article out today suggesting that the IRD are getting aggressive with taxpayers.
Accountants say the Inland Revenue Department is taking a new and tenacious approach to tax collecting, going direct to taxpayers and demanding payment in full regardless of the circumstances.
They say IRD’s softly-softly approach during the downturn is over and the gloves are off as it tries to maximise the tax take for the cash-strapped Government.
One tax agent is quoted as saying:
“In several cases that I’ve heard of, legal action is almost the first used debt-collection tool.
“It’s almost like the IRD has said, ‘right, the recession’s over, we have been nice to you for a while, now let’s get stuck into the debt’.
This approach surprises me as I have heard that the Department has been very reasonable in most cases since the 2008 GFC.
I would be interested in hearing from others out there and what your experience has been.