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Cost of living payments – IRD warned govt it's not sure where people live

Jem Traylen
Tue, 02 Aug 2022

Cost of living payments – IRD warned govt it's not sure where people live
A few dollars in a NZ bank account is all you might need to get $350 from our government. (Image: Depositphotos)
Jem Traylen
Tue, 02 Aug 2022
The government knew some people would receive the cost of living payments even though they weren't eligible, including people living overseas.The eligibility criteria for the $350 payments that are administered by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) include that a person is a tax resident of New Zealand and that they were present in the country at the time each monthly instalment is made.In response to BusinessDesk asking what specific process they had in place to verify residency, an IRD spokesperson said they would use whatever informatio...

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