Electronic tax returns beat deadline

With just nine hours to go before the deadline for this year's tax returns, more than 2.9 million people had sent in the necessary documentation in electronic form.

This was up on last year when the tax authorities received 2.7 million e-returns via internet, telephone or text messages.

Electronic tax returns are now close to outnumbering the more traditional paper forms. The tax board reckoned that the number of e-returns would exceed the three million mark by midnight on Wednesday.

Of this year’s 7.2 million tax returns, 42 percent are expected to be sent digitally. For some groups paper is already very much old news.

“For those born between 1974 and 1988 the figure is around 60 percent. With people born in the late 1980s its around 65 percent,” said Kaj Kojer, a business developer at the tax board.

On the other hand, only 25 to 30 percent of people born in the 1930s and 1940s have entered the digital tax return era.

Gender also appears to be a factor, with around 200,000 more women than men going down the electronic route.