Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Single Business Number for all businesses by 2017

Single Business Number for all businesses by 2017


The goal of a single business number for all kiwi businesses to use in their dealings with Government agencies has moved a big step closer with a decision that all key government agencies that work regularly with businesses will be required to recognise and use the new New Zealand Business Number by the end of 2017.

The Government will introduce legislation early in the next term that will confirm the deadline and extend the ability to allocate the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) beyond registered companies to all New Zealand business entities.

"The NZBN will greatly reduce the costs for businesses in dealing with government agencies,” Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

"Businesses will no longer have to keep updating their data with a myriad of different government databases, and the NZBN will enable all sorts of innovative time-saving administration solutions between businesses, their suppliers and government, giving them more time to spend on growing their business.

"Extending the NZBN to businesses beyond companies including sole traders, partnerships, trusts, non-incorporated partnerships, and State sector and not-for profit entities means these businesses will also benefit from being able to share their key information with government agencies only once.

“In December we allocated 1.1 million NZBNs to registered companies in a first step towards making it easier for businesses to work with government. These decisions will extend the benefits of the NZBN to the other half of businesses that are not companies, and give government agencies a firm timeline for realising the benefits of the single business number.”

The NZBN is a core initiative of the Government’s Better Public Services for business (Result 9) programme which works in collaboration across a number of agencies to make sure that joined-up government services aren’t a one-off event, but an ongoing commitment from agencies to improve interaction with government.

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says by the end of 2017 businesses will be recognised by their NZBN with all key business-facing government agencies, including Inland Revenue and ACC.

“By the end of 2014, businesses will be recognised by their NZBN by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation,” Mr Foss says.

“This is a crucial step toward allowing businesses to spend less time on administration and more time on what they do best - business.

“Work is also underway to determine how mutual recognition between Australian and New Zealand business numbers can be achieved. This work will mean customers on both sides of the Tasman will be able to search and confirm that a business is a New Zealand business.”

The Government will release a draft of the proposed legislation later this year which sets out details of how the NZBN will work. The purpose of the draft legislation is to give businesses a chance to provide feedback on the detailed rules before the final Bill is introduced.

For NZBN-related information go to: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/better-public-services/nzbn

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news