Electronic tax return system 'a flop'
9 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The federal government's new internet tax return form, Tax-on-Web, simply doesn't work, left-wing Spirit MP Annemie Roppe said.
9 February 2006
BRUSSELS — The federal government's new internet tax return form, Tax-on-Web, simply doesn't work, left-wing Spirit MP Annemie Roppe said.
Citing sources in the Finance Ministry, Roppe said there are so many problems with the electronic tax returns that public servants are often reverting back to the old paper system to process the public's tax returns.
There have been consistent rumours about the treasury's problems with the Tax-on-Web programme, but Finance Minister Didier Reynders has adamantly dismissed concerns.
However, Roppe claims that there are too few trained public servants to process the electronic tax returns, too little resources and too many problems with the software, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported on Thursday.
The federal government is already two months behind schedule in processing last year's tax returns.
As a result, tax officials are falling back on the old paperwork in a bid to process the returns and fewer inspections are being carried out.
Meanwhile, the federal government appears set to scrap the EUR 20 discount offered to taxpayers who filled in their 2004 tax returns with the Tax-on-Web system.
In total, the scheme would have cost the government EUR 11.4 million, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
However, Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has suggested instead that people who use the Tax-on-Web system be paid their rebates quicker, costing the government less money.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
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