Facebook groups for accountants, forums, Reddit, Twitter, are all full of frustration expressed at ANAF and the site that pulled out white feathers for Romanians who only wanted to be legal, to submit their declarations within the legal term , May 25. For most of them, it didn’t work out.
More than a week ago I wrote the first material on the side of the disaster faced by Romanians who try to interact with the ANAF website, the Virtual Private Space, the declaration submission process and almost everything else in the same spectrum. More details about the situation from that moment can be found here.
ANAF admits it has a problem, but it doesn’t help you much
After a week in which officials of the institution were hiding behind their fingers about the problems with the site, in the 12th hour, the institution finally acknowledged the situation. However, if you expected them to extend the deadline for submitting the declarations after May 25, because the Romanians simply could not submit them, you are sorely mistaken. The only thing the Inland Revenue did was to ask local tax administrations to take into account the “good faith” of taxpayers who delay filing returns. As a very important distinction, however, that reference in no way excludes sanctions in the form of fines for those who delay the filing of returns because of the institution that should receive them. Nor is the distinction made very clearly between those who are “in good faith” and those who are not.
“Given the information received by the National Agency for Fiscal Administration from the National Center for Financial Information subordinated to the Ministry of Finance, regarding the malfunctions of the ANAF portal and the impossibility of remedying these malfunctions in time to support taxpayers in submitting tax returns within the deadline of May 25, the management of the Agency recommends to its executive structures in the territory that, for situations of non-compliance with the submission deadline, to show their active role and to take into account the provisions of the Fiscal Procedure Code regarding the good faith of taxpayers, according to Art. 7 in conjunction with Art. 12. We apologize to the taxpayers for the situation encountered, but we trust that with the completion of the digitalization process of the tax administration, such syncopes will no longer occur”, according to a statement sent by ANAF.
Several associations, volunteer organizations, IT specialists and NGOs requested on Wednesday ANAF to extend the deadline for submitting declarations from May 25 to May 30. This did not happen.
“Considering the malfunctions of the IT system of the National Fiscal Administration Agency (ANAF) in the last period, which lead to the impossibility of meeting the deadlines for submitting tax returns and annual financial statements, the Corps of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Accountants from Romania (CECCAR) requested to the fiscal authority to extend the deadlines of May 25 and 30, 2023, respectively, for their submission”, according to a press release from CECCAR, quoted by Agerpres.
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