Popular to file tax return by cell phone

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The Norwegian Tax Administration offers Norwegian tax payers the option to file their tax return by SMS on their cell phones, and the option is gaining in popularity.

The number of people who send their tax return electronic is increasing. So far, almost 400,000 people have grabbed their phones, tapped on the computer keyboard or pushed the buttons of their cell phones in order to file their tax return.

This is the second year Norwegians can send file their tax return by SMS, while the options to file it by the Internet or by calling were offered for the first time in 1999. Since that time, the number of people who have chosen to deliver their tax return electronically gradually increased.

«211,000 delivered electronically the first year, or 6.5 percent of all the delivered returns. Last year there were more than 1.1 million, or almost 35 percent who used electronic solution,» said Lise Halvorsen, head of information at the Norwegian Tax Administration, to TV 2 Nettavisen.

So far this year, 395,000 have sent off their tax return by SMS, phone or the Internet, but the due date is still a couple of days away.

«Norwegians have a tendency to do it in the nick of time,» Halvorsen stated. «Last year, there were many who decided to send it off in the last minute, April 30. That day, 105,000 sent it by Internet, 36,000 by SMS, and 61,000 by phone.»

When the deadline expires between 3.1 and 3.2 million Norwegians have filed their tax return. Last year, 1.1 million used an electronic solution and it will most likely not be any less who use one of the electronic methods this year.

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