Digital signatures go live

17 Oct 2016

MYOB first to launch innovative new way of connecting with Inland Revenue

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace.

Leading cloud accounting software provider MYOB is the first accounting software provider to launch a digital signatures service to its customers in New Zealand, saying it will redefine how businesses interact with Inland Revenue.

In May this year, parliament changed the law to simplify the taxation system and make better use of digital technologies. The Inland Revenue guidelines issued today allow documents, such as tax returns, to be filed with an electronic signature rather than in writing, meaning there will be no need to print, sign and send forms to Inland Revenue.

“We’re proud to be first business in New Zealand to offer this services to our customers,” says MYOB spokesperson Ingrid Cronin-Knight.

“MYOB is focused on bringing innovative new services to market. We know small to medium sized businesses are always looking for ways to improve productivity in their operations.

“The new service means tax compliance documents can be quickly and securely transmitted to Inland Revenue without the need for paperwork and without the painful delays. Businesses can do it simply and easily, directly through our platform or via their accountant.”

MYOB has been working with Inland Revenue to find ways of simplifying a range of compliance and taxation processes. In addition to digital signatures, MYOB has worked with the government on the introduction of eGST, as well as changes to provisional taxation to allow it to be calculated and paid directly through a business’s accounting software package.

“We have a positive working relationship with government and are always looking for ways to make business processes easier and better,” says Ms Cronin-Knight.

“We’re delighted with the digital signature functionality. It follows on from MYOB being first to launch eGST filling services in New Zealand and demonstrates that a local focus will continue to pay off for our customers.

“MYOB has transformed our range of online accounting products in order to help local SMEs grow and succeed. In New Zealand we have more than 350 staff, of which a third are part of the Engineering and Experience team that build services like digital signatures.

“The ability to digitally connect with Inland Revenue demonstrates the benefits of cloud-based business accounting software. MYOB is committed to delivering new innovations in business accounting to help New Zealand businesses succeed,” says Ms Cronin-Knight.

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For further comment or other information please contact:

Conor Roberts, MYOB NZ Communications and Public Affairs

M: 021 124 6004 / E: conor.roberts@myob.com

Gerard Blank, The Agency Communications LimitedDirector

P: 03 341 5841 / M: 0275 243 629 / E: gerard@theagencynz.co.nz

 

About MYOB

MYOB (ASX: MYO) is a leading cloud based business management solutions provider. It makes business life easier for approximately 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, websites, job costing, inventory and more. MYOB provides ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and in 2015 was awarded the BRW award for the most innovative large company for 500+ employees and placed 2nd in BRW’s Most Innovative Companies Award list across all categories nationally.  For more information, visit myob.co.nz or follow @MYOB on Twitter.