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Many file taxes at the last minute

ABOUT one third of people and companies put off submitting their tax returns until the very last minute.

ABOUT one third of people and companies put off submitting their tax returns until the very last minute.

Nevertheless, tax offices had enough clerks on hand on March 31 to assist tax payers and prevent long lines from forming, the ČTK newswire wrote.

“There were no long lines in spite of the fact that over the past few days the office reported the highest number of people on Monday, March 31,” Drahomíra Boháčiková, the director of one of the two tax offices in Banská Bystrica, told ČTK.

Taxpayers waited an average of 30 minutes at the tax office for Bratislava’s Old Town district on the afternoon of March 31. Some were filling their tax return while they waited.

“About 55 percent of the taxpayers postponed filing their return until the very last day,” said Vladislav Vašiv, the director of the Tax Directorate in Košice.

But Vašiv said the tax offices in Košice dealt with the situation by increasing staff and extending opening hours to 19:00. Most tax offices did the same, as did the Slovak Post, where many people go to mail in their returns by registered mail. As well as submitting their return in person at a tax office or by mail, the public could file it by fax or through the internet.Last year, a total of 930,000 tax returns were filed.

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