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Online tax return service launches in Jersey

The deadline for digitial submissions is 31 July 2020, two months later than the deadline for paper forms. Credit: ITV Channel TV

People in Jersey can file their personal tax returns online for the first time this year.

The new system on the gov.je website launches on Monday 20 January.

The normal paper forms for 2019 will start being sent out this week, so islanders can choose which method they prefer. A series of workshops will be held at parish halls in the coming months, to help people understand the online process.

The deadline for digital submissions is 31 July 2020, two months later than the deadline for paper forms.

It comes as the tax office is still trying to clear a backlog of 2018 assessments, meaning thousands of tax payers have been put on temporary tax rates.

This is a significant move towards the Government modernising its services to be more accessible for Islanders. We recognise that while launching this service, we are still dealing with a significant backlog of 2018 tax return assessments, for which we continue to apologise.

Any forms completed online will reduce inputting and assessment time by our staff to process the return, meaning they can get through 2019 returns far more quickly.

– Deputy Susie Pinel, Jersey's Treasury Minister

To use the online filing system, islanders must first set up a digital ID and OneGov account, using the YOTI app on a smartphone.

Details can be found here.