I got a notice in the mail saying:
Re: Postponement (Hash-hayah) of Increase of Prepayments for Tax year 2009
Your 2008 tax return was received in your file.
We see that it justifies increasing your pre-payments to 16%
according to clause 180 B 1 in the Income Tax Code.
Please check the correctness of these details, because if you do not do so by 3 July 2009, that increase will be activated.
Now, this surprises me, because, as my loyal blog readers know, I made much less than the 50,000 NIS ceiling requiring pre-payments (in fact, requiring payments at all!), and I was told that I would NOT need to make prepayments.
I assume this is just the system justifying itself.
Anyway, I found a great blog that explains what to do in plain English:-), so I found the post that talks about submitting a request for an exemption (ptor) from prepayments. Unfortunately, I had not written the name, phone number, or fax number of the person I needed to be in touch with, so hoping that she won’t retire by next year, here is the info:
For Jerusalem area small businesses (NOT Jerusalem itself!) you have to use Pkid Shuma Yerushalayim Shtayim (#2) which is near the Tachana Merkazit (actually, next to Center One)
Hebrew info page: http://ozar.mof.gov.il/taxes/cities/jeru.asp
So I filled out the form 2216/א at http://www.mof.gov.il/taxes/tfasim_mas.htm, called 02-5019203, spoke to Gilad (probably Tekoa, the Deputy Tax Assessor) who told me to send a fax to “Attention: Dafna” at 02-5019250.
My guess is that that will do the trick.
I will bli neder report back here when I get the official letter saying that in fact I am exempt from prepayments, or if they decide that I must prepay.
If anyone wants me to spend time translating Form 2216A, please ask.