Focus On Property
So, the government has given IRD more money to find property owners who aren't paying the tax that they should. The results have been quite spectacular, and so the IRD has been given even more money to follow up. You can see how effective the program has been from looking at the Herald graphic. Really, this is good news for everyone as tax cheats hurt us all.
However, this also means that law-abiding people sometimes are caught up in this effort, and asked to provide extra info. And as mentioned, we have certainly seen an upswing of queries from IRD.
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