Global consultancies Accenture and Capgemini will face off in a closed tender to design the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department's business transformation.
Revenue Minister Todd McClay annnounced a closed tender, part of an up to NZ$1.5 billion investment, has been released to the consultancies, which were shortlisted during an Expression of Interest phase.
"Both have extensive international experience in delivering tax and technology programmes, and have been working with New Zealand companies during the process," McClay said.
New Zealand ICT industry representatives and groups have been lobbying strongly for local involvement.
“It was always envisaged that the capability and capacity required to implement business transformation would come from both New Zealand and overseas,” McClay said.
“I am advised that both the remaining vendors have committed to work closely with the New Zealand ICT sector to design and build significant parts of the process.
“It is my expectation that at least one-third of the total services spend on business transformation will go to New Zealand businesses.”
McClay also revealed the project aims for increased automation of taxpayer obligations.
“A significant aspect of business transformation will be improving Inland Revenue’s system so that business systems can talk to the IRD automatically.
“Businesses will automatically fulfil their GST, PAYE and provisional tax obligations while they get on with running their businesses, making profits and creating jobs.”
There was only so much that could be done in that cause with the current system, he said.