New Measures for TRN Application

Tax Administration Jamaica TAJ has introduced new measures for persons or organizations seeking to obtain a Taxpayer Registration Number TRN.

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Number Portability

Jamaicans should be able to retain their assigned mobile numbers across networks. This means that as long as persons remain in the same geographic area, they will be able to switch telephone service providers and keep their existing phone numbers. Number portability also allows consumers to choose a service provider, based on service, quality, and price.
There are a number of critical steps involved in implementing number portability.

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Impact of Tobacco Use

Friday May 31 is observed internationally as World No Tobacco Day. The day is largely used to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies on reducing consumption of tobacco

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Workers Week + TAX Tips

Under the holidays with pay act there are 4 categories of paid benefits or entitlements. These are: holidays with pay or vacation, sick leave with pay, gratuity and sick benefit.

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Ananda Alert Subscription

Ananda Alert, an initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Culture is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the event that he or she goes missing.

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Registering with JCPD + TAX Tips

The Jamaica Council for persons with Disabilities, JCPD, is the agency responsible for providing guidance to the government in the development of policies and programmes for persons with disabilities. The JCPD is an agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and is in its 40th year of existence, having become operational in 1973. To date, just about 12,000 persons are registered with JCPD.

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Community Access Points + TAX Tips

Facilities are being established in qualified communities for residents to access the Internet through the Universal Service Fund USF. The USF is in charge of setting up Community Access Points at different locations across the island.

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Water Conservation Feature

Voluntary personal conservation can go a far way in reducing your water bill and even saving water for use by yourself or someone else in need. Jamaica is experiencing drought conditions; with the situation in some parishes catergorized as severe. As a result the National Water Commission is encouraging persons to practice water conservation

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NCBJ Certification

Local businesses can attain internationally accepted certification for their management systems right here in Jamaica through the National Certification Body of Jamaica NCBJ.

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NHT Home grant + Tax Tips Feature

The NHT Home Grant is a special offer of up to 1.2 million dollars to contributors now earning from as low as 5,000 to a maximum of 10,000 dollars per week, who do not own a home. The Grant may be combined with an NHT loan to purchase land or residential property, or to build on own land. Prospective home grant beneficiaries should have been contributing to the NHT for a minimum of 10 years. Should have made at least 52 weekly contributions -13 of which must be made during the 26 week period leading up to the date of application and importantly. Should not be a home owner or previous recipient of a loan from the NHT.

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Accessing Funeral Grant Under NIS

The Funeral Grant is one of the many benefits offered to contributors under the National Insurance Scheme NIS. The Funeral Grant is payable upon the death of an NIS contributor or pensioner, or the spouse of an NIS contributor or pensioner provided that the required contributory conditions are met.

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Prime Minister’s Youth Awards Feature

The awards ceremony for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence is to be staged in another few days. Several outstanding young Jamaicans are to be honoured for their contribution to Jamaica. 29 outstanding young men and women have been nominated for this year’s Prime Minister’s Youth Award for excellence. Obviously, not all will receive the Prime Minister’s Youth Award, but all nominees will be honored at the awards ceremony, scheduled for Emancipation Park, Sunday March 24 at 4 pm.

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Transport Authority’s Licensing New Period Feature

Operators of Public Passenger vehicles and Commercial Carriers are expected to renew their road licenses by March 31. The Transport Authority’s 2013/ 2014 licensing period will start on February 18, in order to allow persons the opportunity to renew their road licenses before the March 31 deadline. The licensing period will relate to public passenger vehicles as well as commercial carriers.

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Proper Tyres for Vehicles to Ensure Safety

Tyres play an important part not only in your car’s performance, but for overall safety. Without proper tyres your car’s ability to grip the road is compromised, and can have serious consequences.

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Major Traffic Changes for Half Way Tree

Some major traffic changes will be implemented in the Halfway Tree area come Sunday January 27, these changes will affect motorists and pedestrians. The National Works Agency NWA will be introducing major changes to the movement of traffic in Half Way Tree, St. Andrew. The changes will be made at the Constant Spring Road/South Odeon Avenue and Constant Spring Road/Hope Road intersections.

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NIS Benefits and Contributions Increase

The National Insurance Scheme NIS wage ceiling was recently increased. This means contributions and benefits will also move upward. There has been an increase in all categories of pensions, grants and allowances payable under the National Insurance Scheme, NIS.

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Spirit License

If you’re planning to sell large quantities of certain alcoholic beverages or spirits, you should apply for a spirit license. Under the Spirit License Law, persons are authorized to sell spirits in quantities not exceeding those set out in their license.

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