Rort – New IRD system costs one billion dollars

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1 Billion dollars

Inland Revenue has been criticised for shortlisting two multinational consultancies for a key role in its $1.5 billion computer technology overhaul.

Don Christie, co-chairman of information technology industry group NZRise, said Inland Revenue’s decision to shortlist Accenture and CapGemini signalled it was “business as usual” for government procurement despite two years of “agitation and consultation” by the domestic industry.

The lobby group and the Institute for Information Technology Professionals criticised Inland Revenue in October for effectively excluding domestic firms when it invited suppliers to express interest in the work.

Definition of rort in English:



1Australian /NZ A fraudulent or dishonest act or practice: a tax rort
verb [no object] Australian /NZ

1.1 [with object] Manipulate (a ballot or records) fraudulently; rig.

1.2 [with object] Work (a system) to obtain the greatest benefit while remaining within the letter of the law.
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Taxpayer – bend over and assume the position

Crimes Act 1961 – 220 Theft by person in special relationship

  • (1) This section applies to any person who has received or is in possession of, or has control over, any property on terms or in circumstances that the person knows require the person—

    • (a) to account to any other person for the property, or for any proceeds arising from the property; or

    • (b) to deal with the property, or any proceeds arising from the property, in accordance with the requirements of any other person.

    (2) Every one to whom subsection (1) applies commits theft who intentionally fails to account to the other person as so required or intentionally deals with the property, or any proceeds of the property, otherwise than in accordance with those requirements.

    (3) This section applies whether or not the person was required to deliver over the identical property received or in the person’s possession or control.

    (4) For the purposes of subsection (1), it is a question of law whether the circumstances required any person to account or to act in accordance with any requirements.

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    Bend over and Taake it!!!

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