Confusion as taxpayers trying to file returns ahead of schedule told they’re late

TAXPAYERS trying to file tax returns and pay Revenue today were left confused after they were told they were late with their payments and would be surcharged, despite being ahead of the deadline for filing their returns.

Today is the last day for the self-employed and PAYE taxpayers to file tax returns and pay what they are due. Some 600,000 people self-assess their tax and file file tax returns every year.

Tonight at midnight is the deadline for income tax returns for 2013. Last year more than one quarter of small taxpayers filed their returns late.

But people who filed today on the Revenue Online System (ROS) got an email from the tax authority telling them they were late filing their return and they would now be liable for surcharges.

However, a Revenue spokeswoman said its systems were misbehaving.

She said: “Surcharge notifications in the ROS inbox in relation to 2013 income tax returns filed today have been received by some practitionerscustomers.

“The surcharge notifications are a display-only issue in the ROS inbox (Revenue Record) caused by an intermittent problem. They can be disregarded.”

She said that Revenue would like to clarify that no late surcharge is being applied to 2013 income tax returns correctly filed today.

“We apologise for any inconvenience experienced by practitioners/customers,” she added.

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