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Measures announced to help with tax returns

Changes are being made for upcoming tax deadlines on Island in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The government says measures have been brought in to ease any concerns people may have about completing and submitting returns because of the effect COVID-19 is having on everyday life.

Among the measures, those who haven't submitted their return for the year ending April 5, 2019 by the deadline on April 6, 2020, won't receive a £200 penalty as long as it's done by June 5 this year.

Meanwhile, the deadline for returns from employers for the year ended April 5, 2020, has been extended from May 5 this year to June 5.

A full list of the measures introduced to help people and businesses with their tax affairs is available below.

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Individuals

- Individual taxpayers or their agents who are registered users of Online Tax Services will receive their returns for the year ending 5 April 2020 as normal on or around 6 April 2020.
- Paper tax returns for the year ending 5 April 2020 issued by post to individual taxpayers on or around 6 April 2020 will be delayed. The Division will review this   postponement no later than 30 April 2020 and recognises that consideration may need to be given to extending the current deadline for their submission on 6 October 2020   (which would also apply to the returns made available online too for the same period).
- Anyone who receives a return by this method and wishes to receive their return during April should either register for Online Tax Services or contact the Income Tax - Division on 685400 to request a paper copy but should only do so if it is absolutely necessary for them to complete the return early.
- Where an individual has failed to submit their tax return for the year ended 5 April 2019 by 6 April 2020 a penalty of £200 would normally be issued. If the outstanding   return is submitted no later than 5 June 2020 no further penalty will be issued.
- The Division requests that anyone who submits their 2019/20 tax returns in the forthcoming weeks or who has not received their 2018/19 assessment must appreciate that   there will be delays in the processing of your returns given the availability of officers during this challenging period. You should only contact the Division to request the   urgent processing of your tax return where you are expecting a refund and suffering financial hardship as a result of the current crisis.

Employers

- The deadline for employers’ tax returns for the year ended 5 April 2020 is extended from 5 May 2020 to 5 June 2020.

Companies

- First penalties will not currently be issued for the non-submission of any company tax returns still outstanding and due to be submitted between 1 April 2020 and 5 June 2020. This measure results in the filing date for these returns being extended to 5 June 2020 in order to prevent the issue of a first penalty.
- Second penalties will not currently be issued for late submission of any company tax returns still outstanding that would be liable to the second penalty between 1 April   2020 and 5 June 2020. If the returns are still outstanding at 5 June 2020 the second penalty will then be issued.

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- The processing of requests will be suspended until further notice.
 

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