File on time to avoid a fine


Islanders have just two weeks left to file their tax returns online. There are at least 11,000 taxpayers expected to file online by the extended deadline of 31 August.

Anyone who intends to file their tax return online will need to activate a onegov account and set up a digital ID using Yoti. They will need a smartphone and valid passport to do this. In some cases, account activation may take a few days if data provided by taxpayers does not match current records and needs to be verified.

Comptroller of Revenue, Richard Summersgill said: "Anyone who has to file their 2020 tax return should be aware that they need to allow enough time to set up a onegov account, and a digital ID, and for this to be verified. Please don't leave it to the last minute as late filers may be liable to a penalty.

"We have step-by-step guidance on the activation process, and I'd urge Islanders who don't already have a onegov account or set up their digital ID to make use of all the resources available online."

So far, Revenue Jersey has received 19,500 online returns and 51,500 tax returns in total. There are in total 13,500 returns outstanding.

Taxpayers who have missed the paper return filing date, but who do not have a smartphone and passport to file online, should submit their return on paper as soon as possible, but they will be liable to a late filing penalty.

Customers can appeal against the penalty, by including a letter with their paper return outlining the grave or exceptional circumstances leading to them filing late. Appeals will, as usual, be considered on a case-by-case basis. Full details on appeals against fines can be found on the Government of Jersey website.