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Data matching

Annual Report

Purpose: To identify individuals who have wrongly received Working for Families Tax Credits (WfFTC) from both MSD and IR.

IR disclosure to MSD: IR provides MSD with the full name, date of birth, address and IRD number of people (and their spouse, if applicable) who are receiving WfFTC payments.

MSD disclosure to IR: For the matched records, MSD supplies the IRD number, the date that tax credits payments started and amount paid.

Compliance: Compliant.

Technical information

Information matching provision Tax Administration Act 1994, s.84
Year authorised 1993
Year commenced 1995
Programme type Confirming eligibility
Detecting illegal behaviour
Unique identifiers Tax File Number

System description

Each fortnight, Inland Revenue uses an encrypted USB stick to send details of current Working for Families Tax Credits (WfFTC) recipients to MSD. The details includes the full name, date of birth, address, and tax file number of the qualifying person and spouse. MSD compares these details with its own WfFTC payment details. 

Where an individual is found in both files and that individual has received two or more WfFTC payments during the same period, MSD sends details about  that individual back to IR to have the Tax Credits from IR cancelled and, if appropriate, to establish a debt for the amounts overpaid.

Recent activity

  2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Payments stopped 970 1,304 842 862
Value of payments stopped $300,000 $351,087 $220,404 $239,335