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The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be hosting its first in a series of sensitisation sessions for charitable groups, at the Girl Guides Association Headquarters, 2 Waterloo Road, tomorrow (September 29), at 5:30 p.m.
Dubbed, ‘COJ Meet the People series’, the interactive sessions are targeted at churches, charities, service clubs, non-profit associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to learn more about the amnesty to Charities, currently being offered by the COJ to allow them to file outstanding documents at reduced costs.
The sessions will also 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.
Charitable groups will be afforded the opportunity to raise concerns and have their questions answered in relation to the amnesty and general services of the COJ.
Approximately five 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 will be conducted Mondays to Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and noon at the COJ head office, at 1 Grenada Way, in New Kingston.
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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