Electronic tax return forms still unavailable

More than a month into the new year, and less than two months before the deadline for filing tax returns, the obligatory electronic forms for legal entities are still missing.

Red tape continues to burden bsuinesses in Slovakia.Red tape continues to burden bsuinesses in Slovakia.(Source: TASR)

The Slovak Chamber of Tax Advisers confirmed that electronic income tax forms are still unavailable, the SITA newswire wrote. This complicates the process for tax advisers and entrepreneurs who communicate with the tax authority only electronically. Electronic communication came into effect in January 2018.

“The electronic forms for legal entities are not available, nor are the B-type forms for natural entities,” Vladimír Chlebec of the Slovak Chamber of Tax Advisers said for SITA on February 2. “As an alternative, taxpayers are encouraged to download the form from the website, fill it in hand and then scan and send it electronically as a supplement of the general tax return. The past practice of filing the tax return at a tax office physically was simpler,” he summed up.

Cabinet repeatedly delays tax forms

The Chamber points out that the introduction of new forms has been constantly delayed, and the new publish date is unknown. Ideally, electronic forms should be available in the beginning of January and everyone should be given enough time to fill in the forms gradually. The Chamber estimated that about 350,000 subjects cannot process their tax returns electronically now. For some companies, it may a problem to process tax returns after January, Chlebec adds.

This situation is repeated almost every year since the tax legislation is usually adopted at the very end of the previous year.

The Financial Administration stated on January 18 that the electronic version should be available in the next few days. However, they are still not ready at the beginning of February, according to SITA.

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