There is plenty of scope for Inland Revenue to use Dunedin
technology talent as it develops its new fit-for-purpose tax
system, Deloitte Dunedin taxation partner Peter Truman says.
Revenue Minister Todd McClay announced on Wednesday he was
making it easier for people to interact with Inland Revenue
through a ''transformation programme''.
The revamped IT system is rumoured to be likely to cost
between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.
''With many Dunedin skilled jobs under threat, there is an
opportunity for Government to support local jobs through
ensuring the project spend occurred throughout New Zealand,''
Mr Truman said.
He also welcomed Mr McClay's decision to visit Dunedin and
other centres to explain the programme.
Mr McClay said in his Wednesday release that Inland Revenue
would hold meetings in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland
to engage with the tax and IT sectors to explain the scale
and complexity of the programme.
Mr Truman believed given the potential significance of the
changes, tax professionals in large centres such as Dunedin
and Hamilton should be included.
A spokesman for the minister contacted the Otago Daily Times
yesterday to say Mr McClay was now including Dunedin,
Queenstown, Hamilton, Tauranga and Wanganui in his programme
of workshops explaining the process.
The spokesman said the urgency in releasing the change
programme meant ''only main centres'' were included in the
release. When it was pointed out people in Dunedin and
Hamilton probably thought they lived in main centres, the
Mr Truman said it was very pleasing the minister had
announced Inland Revenue's consultation was extended to
include workshops in a further five centres, including
''Inland Revenue will benefit through a wider consultation
process and Dunedin-based tax and IT professionals will
appreciate the ability to feed into the process.
''Involvement in the consultation process will also highlight
the opportunities for Dunedin businesses to be involved in
the transformation project.
''The project size is significant and the Government has the
ability to support economic activity in Dunedin through
ensuring that some of the spend occurs here.''
Asked how Dunedin could be involved, Mr Truman said the city
had a long history of technology innovation and the programme
would involve a lot of people, many of whom could be
third-party providers rather than keeping the development