IRD of f ices close for meetings over shake-up


The tax department will close some services for the day as it holds meetings with staff over a shake-up in the organisation.
Earlier this year, it was reported the Inland Revenue Department was looking to cut about 1500 jobs and aiming to reduce staff numbers by up to 30% by 2021.
A spokesman for IRD said it was stopping some services today “so that all of its staff can hear about changes to the organisation”.
He declined to comment on the nature of the meetings, saying nothing could be disclosed until staff had been talked to first.
IRD offices will close from 1pm for the rest of the day and call centres will shut up shop from 12.45pm to 3.30pm.
On-line services were still running as usual, the department said.
The department in June last year employed about 5800 people.
It’s currently implementing a “business transformation” plan, the first stage of which is getting more people handling their own tax affairs on-line, with development of a new website and tools to be finished by 2019.
The transformation plan is part of a $1 billion-plus modernisation of the tax system and the biggest change to the system in 25 years.
A spokesman for the Public
Service Association said he did not want to speculate on the staff announcement before it was made.

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