Over 250,000 Tax Households Had Filed Taxes 報稅開跑 已逾25萬戶申報.手機報稅約4成

According to statistics, over 250,000 tax households had filed their taxes as of the morning of May 2. About 40.5 percent filed with their phone. This year's tax deadline has been extended from May 31 to June 30 due to the epidemic.

Many taxpayers wait in line in the rain outside the taxation bureau. 

Taxpayer: “I'm old and it's faster if I file in person than if I try to file online.”

Taxpayer: “I live nearby and I normally get up this early anyway.”

The bureau set up counters outside the building due to the epidemic and is only processing tax returns at these counters. However, it only has a few counters open and even early birds had to wait 40 minutes to get to the front of the line.

Taxpayer: “My computer is broken so I had to come in person. Also, it's really slow. I thought there wouldn't be that many people at 8:30 a.m. and I was the fourth person in line, but I've been waiting 40 minutes and they're still only on the second person.”

According to statistics, over 250,000 tax households had already filed as of the morning of May 2. Of this number, 40.5 percent filed with their phone and 38 percent with their citizen digital certificates. The rest used their national health insurance cards. The government updated its tax app this year with editable forms and different payment methods.

Su Jain-rong, Finance Minister: “May 1 is a holiday and most people try to file on the first day after that. That's why there's a long line. They can choose to file online or with their phone. We are providing extremely convenient services so if your tax return is very simple and there are no figures that need to be revised, you should file on your phone.”

The Ministry of Finance has extended the tax deadline from May 31 to June 30 under certain conditions due to the epidemic. An estimated 6.53 million tax households and 990,000 businesses are expected to take advantage.