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Filing tax return on time

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Taxpayers who have not yet filed their individual tax returns should submit their returns within a week (i.e. on or before June 3), an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) spokesman said today (May 27). For sole proprietors, the filing deadline is August 3.

Taxpayers can visit the IRD homepage (www.ird.gov.hk) for the demonstration on the completion of tax return and other relevant information. During the month of May, they can also call 187 8022 (8.30am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays) or 187 8222 (5pm to 7pm on weekdays and noon to 5pm on Saturdays) for enquiries.

To help taxpayers to file their returns, the IRD offers a convenient choice - the electronic filing service. By using this service, taxpayers can now file Tax Return - Individuals through the Internet or telephone (i.e. Telefiling) in a fast and easy manner. To make the filing process easier and simpler, the IRD has now enhanced the functionality and user-friendliness of the Internet filing service by introducing three new functions on 'retrieval", "save and resume" as well as "viewing and printing". A two-week automatic extension of time is offered for taxpayers who file tax returns through the Internet or Telefiling.

"In case taxpayers cannot submit their tax returns within the normal due date of one month from its issue date, they can switch to electronic filing and make use of the two-week extension so as to avoid penalty on late submission," the spokesman said.

Electronic filing requires the use of a digital certificate or a multi-purpose password. A multi-purpose password can be obtained by registering as a user of IRD's TeleTax service. Registration is simple. By calling the Automated Telephone Registration Hotline at 183 2033 and following the steps given in the leaflet enclosed with the tax return, an Access Code will be sent to the registrants by post within three working days.

Demonstrations on Internet filing and further information on electronic filing are now available on the IRD homepage. Taxpayers can visit the homepage or call 187 8011 for enquiries.

Ends/Thursday, May 27, 2004

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