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Thousands face fines for late tax returns

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INCOME Tax has warned islanders responsible for 8,000 outstanding tax returns that they will be fined £100 if they do not submit the forms within 30 days of an impending reminder.

INCOME Tax has warned islanders responsible for 8,000 outstanding tax returns that they will be fined £100 if they do not submit the forms within 30 days of an impending reminder.

Confirmation of the penalty, which would go up by £10 each day after the initial late charge, came on the same day that Income Tax announced it had received more than 7,000 returns that it has still not assessed.

The continued backlog means the office will extend a trial closure of its telephone system on Thursdays and its public counter on Thursday afternoons.

'Unfortunately, the backlog of work from last year, combined with resourcing difficulties following resignations and other staff movements, has had a knock-on effect this year,' said director of Income Tax Rob Gray, pictured.

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