Monday 06 January 2014
2013 tax returns will be available to complete online at https://eforms.gov.gg from 20 January 2014. Returns submitted online will be treated as priority over paper returns submitted and will also be entered into a free draw (subject to terms and conditions) for a chance to win one of three cash prizes of £2,500, £1,500 or £1,000.
The States of Guernsey has decided that online filing should be the default for the submission of tax returns but it is still possible for individuals to file a return in paper form. In order to encourage as many people as possible to use the online facility, the online return is being made available earlier than the paper version. From 3 March 2014, however, it will be possible to either download and print a paper tax return from www.gov.gg/forms or collect a paper return from a number of points around the island, which include:
- Income Tax Office
- Aladdin's Cave
- Castel Douzaine Room (open Mon-Fri 09:00-12:30)
- Citizen's Advice Bureau
- Forest Stores
- Guille-Alles Library
- St Martin's Constables Office (open Mon-Fri 10:00-12:00 & Fri 14:00-16:00)
- St Peter's Post Office (shop only)
- St Sampson's Douzaine Room (open Mon-Fri 09:00-12:30)
- St Saviour's Douzaine Room (open Tue 14:30-16:30 & Thu 09:00-11:00)
- States Office, Alderney
- The Administration Office, Herm
All individuals are required to submit a tax return, unless they have previously been advised by the Director, in writing, that they no longer need to complete a return and the conditions under which such previous notification was provided has continued to be satisfied throughout 2013.
Please note that all companies are required to submit their 2013 returns online.
The availability of personal tax returns has been delayed to allow time for the tax collected under the ETI Scheme to be processed, and to enable as many outstanding returns as possible to be assessed before 2013 tax returns are completed. Taxpayers are reminded that the filing deadline for 2013 tax returns, whether filed online or submitted in paper form, is 30 November 2014.
There are many benefits to using the online filing facility. For example, after the first year of completing a form online, taxpayers will also benefit from pre-population of various fields, which will speed up completion of future returns and make it a less onerous requirement. In addition, not only will taxpayers be able to file returns more efficiently, but returns filed online will also be examined more quickly (although if enquiries have to be made, following receipt of an online return, this may mean it cannot be assessed straight away), enabling earlier payment of any repayments due or notification of any additional tax owing.