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  • TAJ continues to institute a slew of measures to improve service and tax collection at revenue offices across the island.
  • Individuals, including those living overseas, can now pay property taxes online with a credit card at: www.jamaicatax.gov.
  • Other measures to improve tax collections include: continuous training of staff; development of a citizen’s charter; and public education about the consequences of failing to pay taxes.

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) continues to institute a slew of measures to improve service and tax collection at revenue offices across the island.

Speaking with JIS News, Director of Communications at TAJ, Meris Haughton, noted the drive to improve online filing and payment of taxes.

Individuals, including those living overseas, can now pay property taxes online with a credit card at: www.jamaicatax.gov.

“We have been working with the Diaspora unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to ensure that the word gets out there to our customers in the Diaspora,” she informed.

Other measures to improve tax collections include: continuous training of staff; development of a citizen’s charter; and public education about the consequences of failing to pay taxes.

Furthermore TAJ will conduct more enforcement action this year, as a last resort to delinquency, after engaging persons and making every effort to collect outstanding taxes.

Ms. Haughton told JIS that once a person is found to have outstanding arrears, a customer service representative will make first contact, and if there is no action, the TAJ’s compliance unit will follow-up with a range of strategies to make arrangements for payment.

“We are going be doing more enforcement actions through the courts. We have actually gotten an additional court date on the register, so we’ll be issuing more summonses, as well as publishing the names of persons who we’ve taken before the court,” Ms. Haughton outlines.

She is encouraging persons who have a difficulty meeting their tax obligations to come forward and make arrangements to pay.