Businesses would need to see examples of the specific
benefits offered by the implementation of a single business
number for businesses by 2017, Deloitte Dunedin tax partner
Phil Stevenson said yesterday.
The quality of online interactions with government agencies
was a mixed bag at present.
''Some services are very good - the Companies Office. Others
were good but constrained by old systems - Inland Revenue.
Others have significant improvements to make - ACC. Issuing a
unique identifier is only a starting point,'' he said.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced
yesterday the Government would introduce legislation early in
the next term to confirm the deadline and extend the ability
to allocate the New Zealand Business Number beyond registered
companies to all New Zealand businesses.
The single number would reduce the costs for businesses in
dealing with government agencies, he said.
Mr Stevenson said it would be important to deliver
streamlined services so businesses could derive real benefit
from the initiative.
An example of where services could be streamlined was when a
business was winding up. There were several government
agencies to be dealt with and the process was often drawn
Examples of benefits should be provided when the draft
legislation was circulated so businesses could see what was
in it for them, he said.