31 May 2017
The Taxes Office estimates that around 5,000 Jersey taxpayers failed to file their tax returns by 6pm last Friday 26 May 2017.
They will now face a penalty of £250, in addition to still needing to file their tax returns and pay outstanding taxes.
Persistent offenders (who have failed to file on time for several years) may find themselves in the Royal Court facing an unlimited fine.
The number of ‘late filers’ in 2017 is about the same as last year.
The Comptroller of Taxes, Richard Summersgill, said “I am very grateful to the majority of taxpayers who do file their tax returns in good time – this helps us to manage our workloads and reduces costs.
“However, too many people leave completing their tax return until the last minute, which is more likely to lead them to make omissions and mistakes. We have more time available to help people if they do come to us earlier in the year.
“If people do believe they have made a mistake in their tax return they should take advantage of our current voluntary disclosure opportunity, which will enable them to get their tax affairs in order before new fines come into force.”
People wishing to make a tax disclosure can do so on this website.
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