Due to complaints, SAR extends deadlines for submitting tax returns

Due to complaints, SAR extends deadlines for submitting tax returns
Due to complaints, SAR extends deadlines for submitting tax returns

Following complaints from private companies about problems accessing the virtual office, launched on June 28, the Revenue Administration Service (SAR) extended the deadlines for filing tax returns.

The Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep) issued a statement acknowledging the initiative to improve tax processes and tools, in particular the implementation of the new virtual office of the SAR, however, they noted that since its launch, the new virtual office has presented various problems that have made its use difficult, experiencing frequent system crashes, preventing both access to the platform and the generation of the bulletins or pre-printed forms necessary for the filing of tax returns.

“These interruptions have forced taxpayers to go in person to resolve these problems, without obtaining satisfactory results, extending the problem to the banking system where the payment of tax obligations has not been able to be processed due to failures in the system that is temporarily inoperative,” says the Cohep statement.

The Council requested that the SAR extend the deadlines for submitting declarations.

In light of this, the SAR reported that “due to the implementation of our new system and the intermittent events that it has presented, we have tripled the technological and human resources to resolve errors and inconsistencies in the platform until the provision of digital services is normalized.”

In addition, there has been an extension of the dates for filing tax returns for payments on account, taxes due from June 27 to the present date, Sales Tax (ISV), Monthly Purchase Declaration (DMC) and Monthly Declaration of Withholdings (DMR informative), leaving the dates as follows:

Payment of accounts, the current date was July 4 and the deadline was extended to July 8, taxes whose due date is June 27 to the date goes from July 4 to July 8, Sales Tax (ISV), goes from Wednesday July 10 to Monday July 15, Monthly Purchase Declaration (DMC), goes from Monday July 8 to Saturday July 20 and the Monthly Withholding Declaration (DMR informative) goes from July 8 to Saturday July 20.

The SAR also announced an extension of its hours of service to taxpayers.

“Extended hours of operation at our regional offices nationwide: Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba, starting Thursday, July 4 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Likewise, we will be serving in the 20 offices throughout the country on Saturday, July 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,” the statement says.

Javier Pineda, president of the National Association of Small and Medium-sized Industries of Honduras (ANMPHIH), said that it is positive that the deadlines have been extended, since there is a lot of confusion among taxpayers.

“We have to consider that many of them have little education or are elderly people who are not very fond of technology, but it is all a process,” said Pineda.

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