Problems persist with electronic tax returns

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The problems with the Belgian tax office's electronic tax return form have not yet been resolved despite next month's tax deadline.

29 July 2005

BRUSSELS — The problems with the Belgian tax office's electronic tax return form have not yet been resolved despite next month's tax deadline.

The tax office helpdesk said on Thursday the public should try sending their Tax-on-web forms electronically after 15 August, when it is hoped the glitch will have been fixed.

Due to various problems with tax returns this year, the government had already agreed to extend the deadline from the end of June until 31 August.

However, a public servant said it appears that the tax reforms introduced this year are so complex that instead of adjusting the existing electronic tax return program, new software should have been written, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported.

In any case, Finance Ministry public servants are concerned that the programme will not operate properly during the current tax return year.

Responding to media reports, tax office director Jean-Marc Delporte said on Friday the tax form is working perfectly for those people who wish to submit their returns.

Despite admitting problems with calculations, he said the system was "a great success" and that 180,000 electronic returns had already been lodged, 20,000 more than last year.

However, the electronic returns are still unable to calculate the amount taxpayers will be refunded or be forced to pay.

The option in which legally co-habiting or married couples can calculate the most attractive division of capital repayments and interest payments is reportedly not working properly either.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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