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Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the Taxpayer Appeals Department and the establishment of a separate Revenue Appeals Division, which will report to the Financial Secretary.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure at yesterday’s (February 23) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

He said that the division, which will operate as an independent entity within the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, will have responsibility for “hearing appeals or disputes made against the assessments of the Customs Department and the Jamaica Tax Administration, and to make decisions and settlements in regard to these appeals or disputes.”

Drafting instructions have been issued to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel for the necessary legislative amendments to facilitate the reform, which will also include the establishment of an office of the Chief Technical Director to be known as the Commissioner, including the duties and functions; and the posts of the two Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners.

Sections of the Revenue Administration Act, which established the Taxpayer Appeals Department as a part of the Revenue Administration, will be repealed.

“The establishment under the Revenue Administration Act would, however, remain effective until the separate Revenue Appeals Division was established under a new statute, and the consequential amendments to other tax laws,” the Information Minister said.

 

CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSON