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Sunday Star Times: Taxman binges $225m on advisors

The Sunday Star Times has revealed that IRD has spent more than $225 million on consultants over the past five years. The amount includes $52 million in the past financial year alone. Easy compliance with the tax code is not promising when even IRD need to spend so much on experts to get things right.

The IRD is also continuing with an IT project which is estimated to cost at least $1 billion.

Taxman binges $225m on advisors Sunday Star Times 02/03/2014

... the Taxpayers' Union lobby group, also blasted the spending.
He said the IRD required the $1b IT upgrade as a by-product of the nation's "convoluted" tax system.
"The facts are if you have a simple, less complex tax system you don't require a $1b computer system to run it," Williams said. "That consultancy [cost], if ever there was an argument for a fairer, simpler tax system, it is that." Read more.

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