Over $200 billion in tax arrears

The government is owned J$234 billion in tax arrears.

This was disclosed by Finance Minister Audley Shaw during his budget presentation yesterday,

He stated that the figure includes interest and penalties - with Property tax arrears amounting to $14 billion .

“Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has developed a flex-i-time policy with staff with the hope of opening the most heavily trafficked offices earlier.  In addition, TAJ is in the advanced stages of introducing an automated queuing in its offices. This will involve the tracking of service demand.  Other initiatives include introducing an online banking option to make payments….                                                                 

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister says  just over 15 thousand persons were added to the tax roll between April and December last year.

He attributed this to Tax Administration Jamaica's compliance drive.


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