Thursday 20 February, 2020

Taxpayers can file using online e-tax platform from February

Effective February 1, 2020, the Inland Revenue Division (IRD) says it will be introducing a new service that allows VAT and PAYE taxpayers to file tax returns on its e-Tax platform without having to register with ttconnect.

The new feature is termed the ‘Non-logged in service' which is targeting taxpayers who have not yet registered with ttconnect for e-Tax and offers a second option to meet the requirement of filing their returns online.

VAT and PAYE taxpayers will be the first group allowed to access the ‘Non-logged in service'  to file their returns for the years 2019 and onwards. However, where there is a need to file returns for the years 2018 and prior, these taxpayers may visit any of the IRD's regional offices to obtain printed copies of those returns.

To access the 'Non-logged in service', VAT and PAYE taxpayers would be required to have on hand, their ER file Number, PAYE/VAT Account Number and BIR Letter ID Number. (This number can be found on any 'Official Receipt' or Advice of Assignment of BIR Number). Taxpayers can then log onto http://etax.ird.gov.tt, prepare their returns online and print the 'Declaration Form' and Summary. Taxpayers should then review and verify the data entered on the Summary, which is to be retained for their personal records. The final step in the process requires taxpayers to sign the printed 'Declaration Form' and submit same to any of the Division's Regional or District Revenue Offices (A full list of office locations can be found at http://www.ird.gov.tt/locations). It must be noted that these returns cannot be processed without the submission of the signed ‘Declaration Form’.

Additionally, the option offered to taxpayers registered for e-Tax via ttconnect, of filing VAT and PAYE returns, through the 'Logged in service' remains available. This service allows taxpayers to log in to http://etax.ird.gov.tt with their passwords and simply prepare their returns online. Taxpayers using the 'Logged in service' can prepare returns for any year online and these returns are automatically processed the same or next business day.

People requiring clarification or additional information may visit the Division's website at http://www.ird.gov.tt. The Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) is reminding taxpayers that the submission of a false declaration is punishable by fine and imprisonment.

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