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  • Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has, for the first time, published its National Compliance Plan, which strategically outlines the compliance approaches to be used during the current 2015/2016 fiscal year.
  • The plan, available on the agency’s website as at July 1, allows the public to be informed about the administration’s tax compliance focus for the year.
  • The strategies outlined will ensure the collection of the projected tax revenue of $263.29 billion.

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has, for the first time, published its National Compliance Plan, which strategically outlines the compliance approaches to be used during the current 2015/2016 fiscal year.

The plan, available on the agency’s website as at July 1, allows the public to be informed about the administration’s tax compliance focus for the year.

The strategies outlined will ensure the collection of the projected tax revenue of $263.29 billion.

“The National Compliance Plan forms a critical facet to our operations, because it is going to give us the direction as to how we treat with operations at our tax offices,” TAJ Communications Officer, Leighton Beckles, explained in an interview with JIS News.

It also serves as a focal point for the development of programmes and in formulating the operational plans for the overall improvement of compliance.

“So what you will have, on one hand, is a tax administration that is even more efficient than we are now, and you will also have a taxpaying public that will benefit from the facets of the plan,” Mr. Beckles said.

He said the facets of the plan are tax education, service and enforcement.

“So we will be making sure that service meets with education to ensure that the taxpayer is able to avail himself of the services that we offer; services that are professional, efficient, and easy to interact with, and that they are able to get a greater understanding of what it means for them and what their obligations are to the State,” he noted.

The specific compliance focus areas include: increasing taxpayer education and awareness programmes; more focused customer service; strengthening of compliance and enforcement capabilities; improving information and communications technology; among others.

“It takes in a range of things that the TAJ will be focusing on, in particular, and which we will be doing more efficiently for the 2015/16 financial year. The National Compliance Plan is the road map not just for this year, but going forward for the next several years,” Mr. Beckles told JIS News.