Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is reminding taxpayers that they have the added convenience of doing business with the Tax Authority this Saturday April 24, as it provides persons with more options to do business in light of the recently updated Disaster Risk Management Orders.
The following Tax Offices will operate this Saturday between the hours of 9:00am – 1:00pm:
- St. Andrew
- Old Harbour
- St. Ann’s Bay
- Montego Bay
The Portmore Tax Office, which is usually open on Saturdays, will also operate on adjusted business hours from 8:30am to 1:30pm.
This Saturday, taxpayers can conduct their other usual weekday transactions, including processing motor vehicle documents, paying Property Taxes and Traffic Ticket fines, applying for a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) and dropping off documents for the renewal of their Driver’s Licence, as the Tax Authority continues to provide greater convenience to access its services. However audit and compliance activities will not be available during the Saturday operation.
Additionally, persons who had submitted documentation to renew their Driver’s Licence before March 1, 2021, may use the opportunity this, Saturday, to pick up their printed Driver’s Licence cards. Motorists are reminded that their new Driver’s Licence must be collected at the same location where the documents were dropped off. If the applicant is not able to collect the Driver’s Licence in person, a letter of authorization signed by a Notary Public, Consulate or Justice of the Peace (JP) stamped by the Stamp Office and registered at the Registrar General’s Department, along with a valid ID of the bearer must be submitted on behalf of applicant.
TAJ is however reminding persons that they may opt to avoid a Tax Office visit by conducting several transactions online, to include payment for Driver’s Licence renewal, Fitness Certificate and Property Tax, as well as electronically querying Property Tax liabilities. Taxpayers may also avail themselves of the digital business experience, by downloading the TAJ mobile application from the Google Play Store to conduct several transactions to include payment, available only to Android users at this time.
Customers may utilize a range of online payments options, including making tax payments via the National Commercial Bank, as customers are able to use their online banking platform by adding TAJ as a Payee. Additionally, payments can be made via the Tax Authority’s website www.jamaicatax.gov.jm using a credit card or other banking card with credit card features, using the Bank of Nova Scotia’s automatic direct deposit via TAJ’s website or via the new Direct Funds Transfer process.
Persons are urged to cooperate with the instructions of security personnel at its locations, to form an orderly line, wear a mask, sanitize their hands and maintain the recommended physical distance of at least 6 feet. The necessary COVID-19 protocols that have been implemented for the safety of its staff and clients, will also be observed during the Saturday openings.
For further information call the Tax Administration Customer Care Centre at 888-Tax-Help (888-829-4357) or visit the website www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.