The IRD and New Zealand Police have signed a new information-sharing agreement aimed at fighting serious crime.  Information such as income, tax history or business connections could provide significant help during the course of Police investigations.

Effective from August 2014, the agreement will allow:

  • Police to request relevant personal information from IRD when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a serious offense has or is being committed.
  • IRD staff to provide information to the Police if they identify serious crime during the course of their work.

Serious crime is defined as crimes punishable by jail sentences of four or more years.