Minimal checks to speed up tax returns

27th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The tax office has admitted it has placed priority on finalising assessments for the 2004 tax returns and has postponed in-depth auditing to combat delays.

27 February 2006

BRUSSELS — The tax office has admitted it has placed priority on finalising assessments for the 2004 tax returns and has postponed in-depth auditing to combat delays.

Treasury chief Jean-Marc Delporte said the tax office started very late on assessing tax returns this year due to problems with the computer system's calculation program.

"By 30 June, everyone will have their settlement. But there is no time for auditing," he said. "Priority is now on finalising tax settlements, the inspections are in second place."
 
Computers will still examine the tax returns on various points and warn inspectors over possible inaccuracies, news service VRT reported on Monday.

Amid the worsening delays, however, the extent of the tax office's checks has been simplified to speed up the process.

Some 590,000 of the 5.6 million tax returns were lodged electronically this year. The rest were sent on paper and have been scanned into the treasury's computer system for the first time.

However, the scanning process backfired on 810,000 returns because they were incorrectly filled in and all of those returns are now being logged into the computer system manually.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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