The tax office has sent out reminders/warnings for 2005 income tax returns. Research learnt that most of the reminders were sent out too early like what already happened earlier this year with VAT and Wage Tax.
Again the computer system is blaimed for this problem. Reminders were sent before all time extension agreements with tax advisors were processed. Also reminders were sent for tax returns which have already been filed and for which the tax office confirmed receipt weeks ago.
We have had contact with the tax office every day between 19 June till 23 June and we have been assured several times that time extension for our clients has and will be granted. Also the list of clients on the time extension ruling has been checked and approved.
If you have received a reminder and your advisor has arranged a time extension then the tax office should destroy the reminder and send an apology letter to you. At least we are doing everything possible to convince the tax office to send an apology letter. Because the reminders have caused a lot of unnecessary stress and extra work which is no good to anybody.
If time extension was not arranged it is important that the tax return is filed within 10 working days after the date of the reminder (23 June 2006).
In any case advice is to contact your advisor so that proper action can be taken and fines can be prevented.
The fine mentioned in the reminder is € 1,000 which normally is reduced to € 113 if this is the first reminder you ever received. But as said, if the reminder was not right the fine will be reduced to nil.
The tax office has sent apology letters to people who have received a reminder and shouldn't have received it all. The reminder will be canceled in that case.