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Postponement income tax return granted until July 17

Extension to submit collective wage statement until Sept. 1

The Executive Council recently received the confirmation from State Secretary for Kingdom Relations and Digitization Alexandra van Huffelen that the Caribbean Netherlands Tax Office has granted a postponement of the income tax return to Saba residents until July 17, 2023.

In addition, the period for companies to submit their collective wage statement has been extended to September 1, 2023. The extension for both tax submissions were granted in response to several bottlenecks that residents and companies encountered with the digital services of the Tax Office.

The bottlenecks are mainly related to the two-factor authentication (2FA) when logging into the portal MijnCN. 2FA is a necessary further development in e-government to keep the systems secure, the state secretary explained. A few challenges have risen in the transition to 2FA, which has been recognized by the Tax Office.

Subsequently, it was decided to take actions in response to these issues. A generic postponement of the income tax return was granted to residents from May 15 until July 17. Due to similar problems with the submission of the collective wage statement by companies, that period was extended to September 1.

The Tax Office is looking into the issues and is working on appropriate measures, which will be shared with the public. People can receive support at the Tax Office in filing their tax return.

State Secretary Van Huffelen confirmed that her ministry is monitoring the further handling and will take into account the lessons learned for the introduction of the DigiD in 2025, which will replace MijnCN. The tax issues were brought up in a meeting of the private sector with the State Secretary during her visit to Saba on April 19, 2023.

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