Ahead of the civil service's move to a five-day week, taxmen are among the first officials to revamp their websites to lure people away from their counters and onto the internet. Virginia Green, an assessor with the Inland Revenue Department, said the department had remodelled its site for easy use and loaded it with incentives to encourage people to file their taxes online. 'People who have filled in their tax returns by post for years get used to that system,' said Ms Green. 'But if we can get them to use the internet just once and they see how convenient it is, then they will stay.' As examples of features on the website that made it easy to file tax returns online, she cited a template with pre-filled data that saved time, an e-Tax password, and calculators that computed your tax liability at the touch of a button. 'We are also offering incentives. These included a one-month extension for those who successfully filed returns electronically last year and two weeks for other taxpayers.' However, Hong Kong's supposed tech-savvy population is proving surprisingly reluctant to paying tax online: 67,000 people filled their tax returns online last year, about 3 per cent of the tax-paying population, though a steady climb from the 2,000 in 2001. HSBC, also working towards a five-day week, has made more progress in its promotion of internet banking, with 30 per cent of customers managing their money through their website in 2005, up from 13 per cent in 2001.