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$6m in cheque errors

Maria Bradshaw

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Two hundred and one cheques totalling $6.16 million were produced and cancelled by the Inland Revenue Department during the financial year ended March 31, 2010, due to difficulties encountered with the new electronic filing system.
The situation has caused Auditor General Leigh Trotman to recommend that the Inland Revenue Department “urgently review, adequately test and strengthen the control mechanisms within the new electronic system, ensuring that they are adequate and sufficient to maintain its integrity”.
This was contained in the just released Auditor General’s Report for the year 2010.
According to the report the cheques were cancelled due to
• Duplication of cheques.
• Taxpayers not entitled to refunds.
• Payments made to taxpayers being refunded automatically by the system although the tax returns were not processed.
• Information on returns being keyed incorrectly.
• Objections filed by tax registrants due to their returns being processed incorrectly.
Read the full story in today’s WEEKEND NATION.