Filing or Extending Income Tax Return for 2016: Deadline was 31.03.2017 - Requests for extension will not be accepted by the tax office anymore

The Czech Bookkeeping year for SROs, trade licenses and private individuals (employees) runs from the 1st of January till the 31st of December, after which there is a 3-month period to file the last year's Income Tax Return.

Therefore, filing an Income Tax Return for 2016 is possible between 1.1.2017 and 31.03.2017. After 31.03.2017 requests for extension will not be accepted by the tax office anymore.

After 31.03.2017 there is still a grace period of 5 days; the Tax Office may or may not penalize filing and/or paying taxes during that period. However, after the grace period there will be a penalty with an interest component that grows by the day.

If your expected Income Taxes are in the 1000s or 10.000s CZK, probably the penalty will be lower than the fee for a Tax Return Extension (as long as you file wihin a few weeks from the deadline). However, if you have a complicated Return and/or you do not have all required documents then it is better to extend. There is after 15.3.2017 simply not enough time anymore to start processing new Returns.

Extending your Tax Return means that we will get 3 months more to file (until 31.06.2017)
and our tax advisor will take responsibility for the correctness of the Tax Return.

What is the fee for Extending a Tax Return?

The Order form will display the fee according to the type of Tax Return you select on that form.

The basic fees are: 3500 CZK for a Personal Income Tax Return, 5000 CZK for a Trade License, and 7500 CZK for an SRO.

Note: This is only the fee for extension - preparing and filing a Tax Return is subject to fees as listed on this website.

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Deadlines for Extending the 2016 Income Tax Return

31.03.2016 is a Thursday. It is not possible to file for an extension after this date - it will be too late.
The Application for Extension, either sent as paper or electronically, must be in the Tax Office by 31.03.2017.
Any Application for Extension that arrives after 31.3.2017 will not be granted by the Tax Office (!)

Since we need time to process the Power of Attorney, The PoA must be returned by Wednesday 30.3.2017 12:00 to our office, else we canot guarantee we can have it delivered in time at the Tax Office. PoAs for Tax Offices other than Prague, must be returned by Monday 28.3.2017, since we need to send it to another city.

Penalties of Authorities

In case you do not file or extend a Tax Return in time, the tax office, social office and public health care will impose penalties, which can range between 500 CZK to several 10.000s of CZK.
These penalties have an interest component, so they grow by the day!

No money to pay the Income Taxes / Social Charges / Health Insurance now? Extend!

In case you do not have the money to pay the income taxes / social charges / health insurance for 2016 now, then one option is to apply for an Extension, so you will have 3 more months more to generate money.

Another benefit of extending is that penalties and interest do not start running after 31.3.2017.
These can quickly cost you more money than the fee for extension.

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