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Late start for filing tax returns due to backlog - but no extra time

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ISLANDERS and businesses will have less time to complete their 2013 tax returns as a result of a backlog at the Income Tax office.

This means people will not be able to complete their tax returns online until 3 February or in paper form until 3 March.

Previously, tax returns could be filled in from the beginning of the year.

Despite the delay, director of income tax Rob Gray said that all 2013 returns would still have to be submitted by 30 November. Those who do not do so face a fine that has this year increased to £300.

'The availability of personal tax returns has been delayed to allow time for the tax collected under the ETI (Employees Tax Instalment) scheme to be processed, and to enable as many outstanding returns as possible to be assessed before 2013 tax returns are complete,' said Mr Gray.

'Taxpayers are reminded that the filing deadline for 2013 tax returns, whether filed online or submitted in paper form, is 30 November.'

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