Tech Sector On The Bludge

Peter Dunne has announced the IRD systems need a $1.5 billion upgrade.  We all know this means $3 billion+ needs to be spent because the IRD has become a centralised collection agent and the taxation system has become too complex for the old IT systems.  So we are told.  We also know that like Novopay, everyone sitting in front of a computer seems to be an expert on how to fix it.

Fresh to react to  a plunge in his stocks, Rod Drury was quick on the bludge and Clare Curran, quick to suck up to anyone with the slightest knowledge of IT parroted her support in opposing Dunne’s plans.

As usual, Cactus Kate brings some good old common sense to the debate and asks why we need to spend the money in the first place when the focus should be on simplifying taxation and with it all the credits and welfare the IRD now has to manage.  A good start would be eliminating Welfare for Families and creating a tax free threshold for single and married people and those with children.  Other countries do it and their tax returns take 10 minutes to complete, why can’t New Zealand?

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