Apr 13, 2022
Employer’s Returns of Remuneration and Pensions (Form BIR56A) for the year ended 31 March 2022 were issued on 1 April 2022. Employers are required to complete and return the form to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) within one month together with the Form IR56B for the relevant employees. However, the deadline for filing of Employer's Returns for the year then ended is extended to 1 June 2022. Employers can file the returns via the Internet through the e-filing service for Employer's Returns under eTAX. Alternatively, employers can use the IR56 Forms Preparation Tool to prepare annual IR56B data file for uploading to the IRD via the Mixed Mode service.
The Employer's Return e-Filing Services ("ER e-Filing Services") have the following two modes of submission:
(1) Online Mode (Login of the eTAX / “iAM Smart+” Account by an Authorized Signer is required)
An Authorized Signer* is required to sign and submit the Employer’s Return / Notification through his/her eTAX Account, MyGovHK Password, recognized personal digital certificate or "iAM Smart+" Account (with digital signing function).
(2) Mixed Mode (Login of the eTAX / “iAM Smart+” Account is NOT required)
This is a new mode of submission introduced in November 2018 which allows employers to designate a person to upload a data file containing the IR56 records via the ER e-Filing Services without the login of the Authorized Signer’s eTAX / “iAM Smart+” Account. After uploading of the data file, a Control List (with Transaction Reference Number and QR code) will be generated by the system. The Authorized Signer is required to sign and submit the paper Control List to complete the submission process.
Please visit the IRD website www.ird.gov.hk/eng/tax/err.htm for details.