Completing a personal tax return online is expected to be the preferred method for the majority of Isle of Man residents once this year’s submissions have been completed.
More and more people are using Online Services to complete their personal tax return – the number has been rising over the past few years and stood at 48 per cent in 2019.
Staff in the Income Tax Division of the Treasury monitor the number of returns submitted throughout the year and the latest figures indicate more than half will be completed online for the first time this year.
The process is easy to navigate. Once a person is registered, online tax forms are already populated with salary and state benefit details, removing the need to look up and provide the information manually.
As the countdown continues towards the 6 November deadline - a month later than normal due to concerns over the effects of the pandemic - those who have not yet made the switch are being encouraged to sign up for the convenient, secure and environmentally-friendly service.
Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan MHK said:
‘Increasing numbers of people have been submitting their personal tax returns online in recent years, and I’m pleased the latest figures indicate this is set to continue this year.
‘There are clearly benefits in terms of convenience and flexibility. And choosing to engage online also helps government operate more efficiently by reducing the need for paper documents, telephone calls and correspondence.
‘I’d encourage those who haven’t given it much thought to have a go. Filing online and well ahead of deadline will let you know your position - whether you’ll owe money or be due a refund.’
Visit services.gov.im to find out how to get registered for online tax services and the wide range of benefits it can bring. These include:
- Submitting and viewing a tax return online
- Receiving instant confirmation of a tax return submission
- Reviewing assessments and balance details easily and securely
- Making secure online payments
- Having income tax refunds paid directly into a bank account
The Income Tax Division continues to provide a professional service for those who do not have internet access or prefer to send in paper copies of their return forms.
Further help and guidance is available on the Government website or by contacting +44 1624 685400 or firstname.lastname@example.org