Friday 20 September, 2019

Some tax offices to be rebuilt or reorganised

File photo of inside the Constant Spring tax office.

File photo of inside the Constant Spring tax office.

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, has announced that a number of tax offices are to be rebuilt, while others will be retrofitted as the Government moves to improve service delivery in the public sector.

Clarke, who on Thursday made his maiden contribution to the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, said “Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) intends to improve its physical infrastructure, increase the cadre of cashiers, expand its management system and implement additional e-management solutions to improve customer service delivery and the customer experience.”

To this end, he said TAJ will be taking steps to make it easier for property owners and motorists to pay taxes and/or traffic fines.

“For the upcoming financial year, TAJ will develop a mobile app to accommodate the payment of certain tax types, including property tax and traffic ticket fines,” Clarke disclosed. 

He told the House that the design and planning phase for new tax offices will also begin in the upcoming financial year. This will lead to the construction of new tax offices in Portmore, Cross Roads, Christiana, Santa Cruz, St Ann’s Bay, Brown’s Town and Buff Bay. At the same time, the tax offices in Mandeville and Montego Bay are to be retrofitted and reorganised.

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