Accenture scores NZ tax office contract

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Accenture scores NZ tax office contract

Part of billion dollar transformation program.

Multinational management consultant Accenture was today picked by the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) as the high-level design partner for the tax authority's transformation program.

The commissioner of Inland Revenue, Naomi Ferguson, said the technology-led transformation would include a redesign of nearly all of the tax authority's business processes.

Ferguson said in a statement that it is essential for the IRD to plan changes carefully and to implement these properly.

Accenture, which has worked with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) on a transformation program, was selected by the IRD after demonstrating that it had designed and implemented systems of similar scale and requirement before, Ferguson said.

The IRD's planned revamp of its business includes the wholesale replacement of legacy technology to improve its efficiency. In total the transformation is estimated to cost New Zealand as much as A$1.35 billion over ten years.

IRD also aims to make paying tax simpler for New Zealanders, including by reducing compliance costs for individuals and businesses.

The IRD operates 28 sites nationally in New Zealand, with four main data centres. These contain mainframes as well as x86 and Sun SPARC architecture servers running a mixed Oracle and Linux environment, with a total of over 1900 back-end infrastructure assets, the authority said.

In addition, the IRD operates over 7000 desktops.

The actual value of the IRD contract for Accenture was not disclosed as it is still under negotiation.

IRD is also seeking expressions of interest from local and overseas software providers for the core technology of its new revenue system, with a tender document for commercial off-the-shelf application suite of software or COTS published late last month.

Full text of the IRD's transformation brief below.

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