CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan extends tax filing deadline to June 30

05/12/2021 10:33 PM
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A woman files her income tax at a tax office on May 3, the first working day of the month. CNA file photo
A woman files her income tax at a tax office on May 3, the first working day of the month. CNA file photo

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) The deadline for filing 2020 tax returns and making payments has been extended by a month, to June 30, partly to prevent crowding at the tax offices, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Wednesday.

The extension applies to both individual and business tax filings, the MOF said, hours after Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) warned that the government might raise its COVID-19 alert to near-lockdown level in the next few days.

If the alert is raised, people will not be able to file their tax returns in person, therefore, it was decided that the deadline should be pushed back from May 31 to June 30, the MOF said after holding a meeting in the afternoon to discuss the issue.

The extension may also help to prevent crowding at National Taxation Bureau offices across Taiwan, the ministry said, encouraging people to file their returns online.

If Taiwan moves from the current Level 2 alert for COVID-19 to Level 3, indoor gatherings of more than five people and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 will be banned.

According to the MOF, the June 30 deadline does not apply to property taxes, which people are encouraged to pay online when they receive the bills from the taxation bureau.

As of May 9, more than two million people, or about 30 percent of the country's taxpayers, had already filed their tax returns, according to MOF data.

Last year, the ministry also the extended the tax deadline due to COVID-19.

(By Wu Chia-jung and Teng Pei-ju)

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