GUERNSEY’S Income Tax office has been accused of ‘unfair’ and ‘disgraceful’ tactics by giving islanders and businesses less time to complete their 2013 tax returns.
The changes, as a result of a backlog at Income Tax, mean that people will have up to two months fewer to complete their 2013 tax returns, in the same year that fines are increased to £300.
Angry taxpayers are demanding an extension to the 30 November deadline for returns, to ensure people are not punished for the backlog.
Carolyn Robert was among those who would welcome people being given the same amount of time as previous years to complete their forms.
‘I take ages to do mine,’ said the 56-year-old.
‘But [Income Tax staff] take ages to sort them out.
‘They want us to do everything quickly, but they don’t really pull their finger out, so to speak.’
People will not be able to complete their tax returns online until 3 February or in paper form until 3 March under the changes.