Over 230,000 people file tax returns for 2018 in first three days

Over 230,008 people filed their tax returns for 2018 with the State Revenue Service in the first three days, Dace Pelēkā, the Revenue Service’s deputy director general and head of the tax department, told Latvian Radio March 4.

“Over 230,000 declarations had been filed by Sunday evening. The number of declarations we have received in these first three days is equal to the number we used to receive in nearly a week in previous years,” Pelēkā said.

The Revenue Service’s deputy head indicated that the Electronic Declaration System (EDS) was no longer overloaded at the weekend and worked without interruptions.

Pelēkā also said that the Revenue Service received a lot of various inquiries from taxpayers, for instance, about tax returns and filling out the declaration but that the number of questions about tax debts that had occurred as a result of tax reform was relatively low.

As reported, State Revenue Service's Electronic Declaration System (EDS) was down in the morning of March 1, the first day residents could file their tax returns for 2018, and the system was unable to cope with the large number of visitors, the Revenue Service said.

The Revenue Service's Public Relations Department said that 26,500 simultaneous connections to the EDS were registered shortly after midnight. As a result, submission of tax returns via the EDS became impossible.

In order to prevent the system from overloading, the number of residents who may submit their declarations at the EDS was limited.

The Revenue Service requested residents not to rush to file their tax returns as they will have several months to do this.

The Revenue Service will be accepting residents' income declarations until June. The service earlier asked residents to file their tax returns electronically via the EDS.

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