70,000 New Zealanders missing out on tax rebates

Published: Thu 21 Sep 2000 08:36 AM
Annabel Young
National Revenue Spokesperson
20 September 2000
70,000 New Zealanders missing out on tax rebates
"Ordinary kiwi households will be missing out on money which is owed to them." says National Party Spokesperson on Revenue, Annabel Young MP.
70,000 fewer people have claimed tax rebates this year. These rebates can be claimed for donations to charities, housekeeping and childcare. By this time last year 329,424 people had claimed rebates. So far this year only 281,028 people have filed a claim. The IRD has sent out 680,806 claim forms.
"The Government should be doing more to make people aware that they now have to lodge a separate claim to trigger the refund of their rebates. The Government changed the system and the Government is responsible for letting people know about it."
"An added problem is that the IRD refuses to pay out the rebate unless they know your bank account number. That's ridiculous. What's wrong with putting a cheque in the mail?" Annabel Young said.

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