Chartered Accountants Ireland have today slammed as “simply impossible”, a proposal to bring forward the annual Income Tax pay & file deadline for self-assessed taxpayers.
This follows a report earlier this week that the annual 31 October deadline, for Form 11 tax returns, was to be changed from 31 October to a “much earlier” date.
In a note to its members this afternoon, the accountants’ Institute states that it has received confirmation from the Department of Finance that the self-assessment Income Tax payment date of 31 October “will not be brought forward in 2015”.
The timing of the annual Pay & File tax deadline is now a live issue, as the terms of the EU Stability and Growth Pact now require Ireland to complete its annual exchequer Budget much earlier than the traditional first week of December. For this reason, Budget 2014 is scheduled for 15 October next.
The level of self-assessment tax receipts is always a key factor in each year’s Budget and the Dept of Finance will now face additional difficulties in preparing annual Budgets before they can confirm the amount of self-assessment taxes receivable in late October/early November.
However, Chartered Accountants Ireland have now reiterated to the Department of Finance, their belief that “it would be simply impossible for indigenous Irish business to comply with earlier Self Assessed Income Tax payment and filing arrangements“.
They have also highlighted “the disruption and administrative burden which would follow if the filing date was to be brought forward“.
The shelving of the earlier tax deadline would be a welcome relief for tens of thousands of business taxpayers and other individuals who are obliged to file self-assessment returns in respect of rental and other income.
It would also avert a threatened nightmare for workers in accounting and book-keeping firms who already face considerable pressure and stress in managing the annual tax return deadline season.