Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has taken a decision to suspend the collection of Property Tax and Certificate of Fitness Fees at the Kingston and St. Andrew Revenue Services Centres, effective Thursday, April 30, 2020. The suspension will be initially for one week and comes as TAJ moves to reduce the crowds at the two (2) corporate
This means that persons will not be able to conduct these transactions at either of the Tax Offices located at King Street or Constant Spring. Instead they will only be allowed to make payments for Property Tax and Fitness Fees online at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm for the duration of the suspension.
The decision has become necessary as there has been a surge in customers transacting business at these locations as a result of the temporary closure of the four (4) Tax Offices in St Catherine, as well as the Cross Roads Tax Office, due to the enhanced curfew measures currently in place in the parish of St. Catherine. This issue, when combined with the usually high end of month customer traffic, has resulted in increasing crowd. This presents a possible public health and safety risk in this already challenging time of the corona virus pandemic impacting the island.
Customers are therefore urged to use the TAJ online service to pay not just their Property Tax and Certificate of Fitness Fee but to also do several other transactions that are available online. Since April, 76% of Property Tax and 84% of Certificate of Fitness Fees have been paid in line at Tax Offices, in spite of the service being available online.
The situation will be reviewed next week, following the expected reopening of the Spanish Town, Portmore, Linstead, Old Harbour and Cross Roads Tax Offices on Monday, May 4, 2020, and the public advised.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused, as Tax Administration Jamaica continues to support the Government of Jamaica’s continued actions against the corona virus pandemic.
For further information persons may contact TAJ’s Customer Care Centre at 888-TaxHelp (888- 829-4357), visit the website www.jamaicatax.gov.jm or follow us on all our social media platforms.