Thursday 28 May, 2020

TAJ relaxes compliance activity to June 30

Business which may fall into non-compliance up to June 30, 2020, will be facilitated through the issuing of a one-off or single-use Tax Compliance Certificate.

Business which may fall into non-compliance up to June 30, 2020, will be facilitated through the issuing of a one-off or single-use Tax Compliance Certificate.

Businesses that may fail to file taxes on time over the next three months, will again be pardoned by the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) as the country grapples with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

TAJ on Monday advised that effective March 25, business which may fall into non-compliance up to June 30, 2020, will be facilitated through the issuing of a one-off or single-use Tax Compliance Certificate.

It means that the TAJ’s Taxpayer Service Unit will issue, upon application by a non-compliant taxpayer, a TCC reflecting an expiry date of June 30, 2020.

In addition, during the period, TAJ is advising that there will be no new summonses issued and no court proceedings or enforcement action for non-compliance until after June 30, 2020.

The government agency, however, noted that reminders and notices will continue to be generated.

 “The administration understands that businesses are in crisis mode and should not be distracted from core activities,” the TAJ said in a press statement.

Persons are reminded that a TCC may be applied for online via the TAJ’s website at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm, instead of visiting a Tax Office.

Once a TCC application is submitted online, it will be processed and a Tax Compliance Letter (TCL) will be generated and sent electronically to the applicant on their web account, advising of the taxpayer’s compliance status.

 “This may be printed on regular paper, as the applicant and/or the person utilising the TCL is able to electronically access and validate the details and to verify its authenticity,” TAJ said.

It’s the third time that the TAJ has relaxed deadline since Jamaica confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 10.

Income tax filing deadline which is usually due on March 15, was last month extended to Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and further extended to March 27, following complaints from several accountants and taxpayers from across the island that they experienced challenges accessing the Internet.

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