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The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) is inviting church groups and religious bodies in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine to attend an amnesty interactive session tomorrow (November 10) at its head office at 1 Grenada Way in New Kingston, commencing at 5:30 p.m.
The session will be the second of a series of interactive meetings dubbed: ‘COJ Meet the People series’, targeting at churches, charities, service clubs, non-profit associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to learn more about the amnesty being offered by the COJ to such groups, which will enable them to file outstanding documents at reduced costs.
The event will highlight the procedures for filing outstanding documents, the reduction in fees due to the amnesty, implications for non-compliance, and general services offered by the COJ.
Attendees will be able to get updates on the status of their group, and will have the opportunity to raise concerns and have their questions answered in relation to the amnesty and general services of the COJ.
The COJ hosted its first session on September 29 at the Girl Guides Association Headquarters, 2 Waterloo Road, which facilitated charitable groups in the Corporate Area.
Four other sessions are being planned for the main towns and parish capitals across the island.
The three-month amnesty is being offered for the period September 1 to November 30, to allow charitable groups to file outstanding documents at reduced fees of between 50 and 75 per cent.
Outstanding documents refer to Annual Returns, Income and Expenditure Statements, Change of Directors, Change of Address, Appointment of Secretary and Statutory Declaration.
Amnesty transactions are being conducted Mondays to Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and noon at the COJ head office.
A drop-off box is available for deposits outside of these hours and special arrangements have been put in place, such as a designated waiting area for customers with amnesty transactions.

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