Minister extends tax deadline by 2 months

14th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2005, BRUSSELS — Finance Minister Didier Reynders has agreed to extend the deadline for tax returns for two months until 31 August.

14 June 2005

BRUSSELS — Finance Minister Didier Reynders has agreed to extend the deadline for tax returns for two months until 31 August.

Despite earlier refusals, the minister's assent was not unexpected given the recent pressure applied by unions and political parties.

The Belgian public has encountered problems filling out their tax returns on time this year, French daily 'Le Soir' reported on Tuesday.

The problems started when the treasury sent out the forms late and escalated when — instead of finding it simpler — the public found the revamped forms harder to fill in.

Difficulties were also encountered due to new regulations, such as the uncoupling of income for married couples.

On Monday, the Liberal VLD urged Reynders to push back the deadline for income tax returns, pointing out also problems with the Tax-on-Web product, the treasury's electronic tax return.

Relenting to the pressure, the minister said tax returns must now be returned by 31 August instead of the initial 30 June deadline.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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