Inland Revenue Department (New Zealand)

Agency overview
Formed 1878 (1878)
Preceding agency
  • Land and Income Tax Department
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters 55 Featherston Street
Wellington 6012
Employees 5,500+ (2015)
Annual budget Total budget for 2016/17
Vote Revenue
$6,751 million[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Naomi Ferguson, Chief Executive / Commissioner

Inland Revenue (IRD; former known name: Inland Revenue Department) (Māori: Te Tari Taake) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on tax policy, collecting and disbursing payments for social support programmes, and collecting tax.

The Department administers the following social support programmes - Working for Families (tax credits), Paid Parental Leave (payment), Child Support (collection and payment), Student Loan debt (collection), and KiwiSaver.

Inland Revenue employs over 5,500 full-time equivalent staff in 17 cities and towns across New Zealand.[2]

The Department's Māori name, Te Tari Taake, is an older spelling of Te Tari Tāke, meaning The Department [of] Tax. Despite long vowels in Māori now being expressed with macrons over the vowel rather than double vowels, the Department continues to use the double vowel due to the resemblance of the word tāke to the English word take.[3]


Inland Revenue started out as the Land Tax Department in 1878. The Department was renamed the Land and Income Tax Department in 1892 with the central office set up in Wellington.

Only in 1952, when the organisation joined with the Stamp Duties Department, was the organisation known as the Inland Revenue Department.

In 2013–14, Inland Revenue collected $56.2 billion in tax revenue, which was more than 80% of the money the government used to pay for services that all New Zealanders benefited from, including healthcare, education, and law and order. Other services included housing and community development, environmental protection, defence, transport, social security and welfare, and heritage, cultre and recreation.[4]

Inland Revenue's Transformation

Inland Revenue's Business Transformation is an organisation-wide effort to design a modern revenue system for New Zealand that meets New Zealanders' changing expectations and Government priorities.

The new tax system will radically improve how business, customers and other parties interact and transact with Inland Revenue in the future. Inland Revenue's business transformation doesn’t only relate to the transformation and modernisation of their IT systems, it also includes all of their processes, platforms, policies and service delivery.[5]

Acts and regulations administered

Inland Revenue administers several acts (including the Tax Administration Act 1994, the Income Tax Act 2007, the Child Support Act 1991) and many regulations.[6]

Legislation administered by Inland Revenue includes:[7]

List of Ministers

The Minister of Inland Revenue is the political office of Minister for the department of Inland Revenue. Since December 2015, the position has been held by Michael Woodhouse.

Past ministers include:

See also


  1. "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2016 Budget. New Zealand Treasury. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  2. "About IR". Inland Revenue. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. Goldsmith, Paul (13 July 2012). "Taxes - Tax, ideology and international comparisons". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. "Annual Report 2014, page 11" (PDF). Inland Revenue. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. "About business transformation". Inland Revenue. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  6. "Legislation and regulations (Who we are)". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  7. "Nature and scope of IR functions from Statement of Intent 2011-14". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  8. "Hon Dr Michael Cullen". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  9. "Hon Peter Dunne". Beehive New Zealand Government. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  10. "Hon Todd McClay". Beehive New Zealand Government. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  11. New Zealand Government "Hon Michael Woodhouse" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 3 June 2015.

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