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Privacy for agencies

Annual report

Purpose
: To enable the Ministry of Justice to locate people who have outstanding fines in order to enforce payment.

Justice disclosure to IR: Justice selects fines defaulters for whom it has been unable to find a current address, and sends the full name, date of birth, and a data matching reference number to IR.

IR disclosure to Justice: For matched records, IR supplies current address and all known telephone numbers for the person, the name, address, and contact numbers of the person's employer or employers, and the unique identifier originally provided by Justice.

Compliance:  Compliant.

 Technical information 

Information matching provision Tax Administration Act 1994, s.85A
Year authorised 1998
Year commenced 2002
Programme type Locating people
Unique identifiers Data Matching Reference Number

System description

On a daily basis Justice uses an encrypted and password protected USB device to send details of fines defaulters whom they have lost contact with to Inland Revenue.  Justice sends the full name, date of birth, (and a unique identifier which is generated and used solely in this programme) about the selected fines defaulters. IR attempts to match the fines defaulter information with taxpayer information using the full name and date of birth. A maximum of 20,000 records is allowed per supply. 

For matched records, IR provides an encrypted USB device to Justice with details of the current address and all known telephone numbers for the person, the name, address, and contact numbers of the person’s employer or employers, and the unique identifier originally provided by Justice. Each match record supplied by IR includes a match indicator code that represents how well the records matched.

Recent activity

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Match runs 164 231 215 237 235
Records sent for matching 1,377,070 2,199,377 2,139,396 2,192,037 2,008,059
Possible matches identified 544,707 868,980 846,696 677,135 589,656
Notices of adverse action 246,217 273,872 241,478 151,886 103,505
Challenges 958 1,320 1,554 1,996 1,031
Successful challenges 220 87 98 50 42

Financial Outcome Activity

We report combined totals for this programme and the MSD/Justice Fines Defaulters Tracing Programme because Justice cannot always determine which programme resulted in the payment of outstanding fines.

 

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16*

Paid/settled ($)

IR

30,410,029

33,548,353

32,615,402

13,504,930

10,126,616

MSD

22,136,105

23,016,466

14,845,826

8,187,416

6,549,319

Both

17,670,440

19,637,789

12,345,907

6,322,046

4,724,107

Total paid/settled ($)

70,216,574

76,202,608

59,807,135

28,014,392

21,400,042

People with payment or remittal

IR

55,753

74,187

84,135

68,773

30,976

MSD

34,273

47,543

40,192

37,254

17,970

Both

32,807

43,186

36,468

30,512

15,589

Total people with payment or remittal

122,833

164,917

160,795

136,539

64,535

*The figures for 2015/16 are provisional figures and will be updated after the next reporting period ending 31 December 2016.