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The Government’s efforts to take in every tax dollar is gaining traction, with the Large Taxpayer Office collecting some $63.7 billion in the 2009/2010 fiscal period, and $60.3 billion between April and December of 2010.

The office, which was established in 2009, collected $1.1 billion in arrears during the said fiscal period, and $3.95 billion from April to December 2010. It also managed 237 accounts in 2009/2010, and 618 from April to December of last year.           

Director General of Tax Administration, Viralee Latibeaudiere, made the disclosure, as she provided an overview of the tax reform programme and achievements to date, at a Jamaica Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum on tax administration reform this morning (February 10), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

She informed that the Forensic Data Mining Unit (FDMU) identified more than 11, 000 persons, who were under-reported, not filing, or non-compliant in some way. The unit identified some $7.72 billion in potential revenue in the 2009/2010 fiscal year, while to date, some 10,000 assessments have been conducted with a value of approximately $5 billion.

The FDMU was created in 2009 to identify self-employed persons, who were not paying their taxes.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Latibeaudiere said that the special enforcement team that was set up has been holding its own. “We realised that in using our compliance model of service, education, (and) enforcement, we had to move (up) the enforcement aspect as we continue to improve our service, (and) in order to achieve the target in these difficult economic times,” she said.

Supporting these measures is a state-of-the art customer care centre, which deals with payments, e-filing, marketing, and registrations.  Some 45,547 payments were made based on contact made by, or to the centre, amounting to $16.9 billion in 2009/2011, and $9.3 billion from April 2010 to January 2011.

The centre received 28,972 calls in 2009/2010, and 21,346 between April 2010 and January 2011. It also made contact for some 65,586 accounts in 2009/2010, and 72,700 from April 2010 to January 2011.

 

CONTACT: ALPHEA SAUNDERS