Tax Administration Jamaica TAJ lauded for implementing reforms to improve compliance

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 6, 2016 – Kingston – Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has lauded Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) for implementing reforms that have significantly improved the agency’s operations and service delivery and taxpayers’ compliance in filing statutory returns.Notable among these initiatives, she says, are the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) e-services platform; the creation of a single payment window for filing National Insurance Scheme (NIS), National Housing Trust (NHT) and Education Tax returns; and the establishment of customer care centres tailored to enhance the client experience.Mrs. Williams said consequent on these, tax compliance has improved significantly within recent years.   She was speaking at the TAJ’s first ever ‘Let’s Talk Tax’ discussion forum, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on November 1 under the theme ‘Tax Compliance in Jamaica’.Meanwhile, TAJ’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Dave Jefferies, indicated that the agency has surpassed revenue-collection targets over the past two years, “a feat we had not achieved in the (previous) nine years”.“For 2016/17, our target was $266 billion (and) we collected $484 billion… and for the first two quarters of the 2017/18 fiscal year, we are already 8.9 per cent ahead of revenue collection. So, we are on a trajectory of surpassing another revenue target,” he said.Against this background, Mrs. Williams contended that there is much to celebrate regarding the efforts of TAJ and the overall compliance of citizens with the payment of taxes.   She commended the TAJ on its public education programme, which, she noted, was extensive and incorporated traditional media platforms such as print, radio and television as well as social media tools.   She said these have been complemented by town hall meetings, seminars and workshops, noting that TAJ has also been raising awareness about the importance of taxes, among students in school.“Representatives go in and cover topics ranging from Jamaica’s tax system, the various types of taxes, the importance of paying taxes, (to) how to start a business, and applying for a taxpayer registration number (TRN),” the State Minister said.“The thinking, according to TAJ, is that creating awareness of the tax morale and voluntary compliance from an early stage in life will eventually lead to a culture of tax compliance,” she added.The State Minister noted, however, that much work remains to be done to further increase the level of taxpayer compliance.   She said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the compliance gap for one tax type, General Consumption Tax (GCT), from 2008 to 2013, ranged between 23 and 33 per cent of potential revenues.   This, Mrs. Williams explained, averaged between $20 billion and $28 billion annually, noting that this was a “large figure”.Additionally, she said the TAJ’s use of third-party information, specifically utilising audits and inspections to identify delinquent taxpayers, showed a $3.1-billion revenue shortfall for the 2015/16 fiscal year.   This information, the State Minister pointed out, was obtained for 724 audits conducted during the period.   The forum formed part of activities marking the TAJ’s inaugural Tax Administration Week, from October 28 to November 3, under the theme ‘Making a Difference Through Service’.Release: JISlast_img read more

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New Town Lawyers death Wife denies charges

first_imgKolkata: Though police claimed that Anindita Pal Dey has admitted to have killed Calcutta High Court lawyer Rajat Kumar Dey, she herself has denied the charges made against her.On Sunday, she denied the police statement and said she has no hands in Rajat’s murder. She was remanded to police custody after the sleuths told the court about her contradictory and misleading statements. Sources informed that in the course of investigation it was revealed that she had no plan for murdering Rajat. All of those things happened in the hit of the moment. Anindita alleged that Rajat used to torture her both mentally and physically. During altercations Rajat used to threaten her saying he would commit suicide. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the sources, during interrogation in police custody, Anindita informed the sleuths that on November 24 the same situation had occurred and when Rajat told her that he would commit suicide, Anindita lost self-control and used some sort of wire to strangulate Rajat. Though the sleuths could not identify any other motive, some police officers still do not want to believe Anindita’s statements. Several question arose after she made her statements such as — Has Anindita murdered Rajat by strangulation by herself or was there someone else who had helped her in committing the crime? Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDuring the last few days of enquiry, the sleuths came to know about a third person, a doctor by profession, who might have some connection with the murder. But police have refused to make any comments on this. Another question which arises is that why did she shift her son and the pet dog to her paternal home if she did not have plans to murder Rajat? “The probe is on. Anindita is being interrogated thoroughly. Several questions are cropping up which need to be answered by her. It could be an unplanned murder,” said a senior police official from the Bidhannagar Police. As Anindita was misleading the investigating officers from the very beginning of the case, the sleuths are not holding her statements to be true. On the contrary, police officers are waiting to see if Anindita changes her statement again.last_img read more

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Meliá Cuba debuts brand new hotel in Varadero

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Cuba, Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovations, Varadero Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Meliá Cuba debuts brand new hotel in Varadero Posted by Travelweek Group Other amenities include the exclusive Yhi Spa on the hotel’s top floor featuring an infinity pool and a new Teen Spa, a convention centre with seven meeting rooms and a ballroom, as well as a terrace, pool and garden that can accommodate groups and MICE events.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFor more information go to meliacuba.com. VARADERO — Meliá Internacional has taken over the name and location of Cuba’s iconic Hotel Internacional Varadero with a brand new hotel ideal for families and couples alike.Featuring 946 rooms over 11 floors, the new Meliá Internacional is owned by the Gran Caribe hotel group and run by the Meliá Hotels International chain. It offers sprawling views of Varadero beach, recognized by TripAdvisor as the third best beach in the world in 2018.Features include The Level, an exclusive area within the hotel for discerning guests, as well as The Level Adults Only section, which includes butler service for guests over the age of 18.There are 15 restaurants on site with options ranging from Japanese cuisine and Italian to Mediterranean and local Cuban dishes. There are also 16 bars for guests to choose from, serving cocktails prepared by master mixologists.last_img read more

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