Taxpayers Urged to make returns by March 15


Tax Principal of the accounting firm, Deloitte and Touche, Ethlyn Norton Coke has implored self-employed persons and businesses to file tax returns by the stipulated deadline of March 15, as failure to do so would result in the government taking legal action against them.
She pointed out that given the government’s implementation of the Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) system, coupled with the fact that procurement of a TRN was a necessity for many persons to conduct business transactions, it was much easier for the country to track down persons who were delinquent in their tax payments.
Mrs. Norton Coke was speaking at a forum titled, ‘Ethics in the Professions’, which was hosted by the Rotary Club of Spanish Town at the Jose Marti Technical High School in St. Catherine, yesterday (February 24).
She said the government’s institutionalization of a system to better locate individuals dodging tax payments was, in fact, forcing unscrupulous persons to become more ethical.
The Tax Principal told the forum that the accounting profession was guided by strict principles, which emphasised the maintenance of transparency and a high moral code on the part of accountants in their financial dealings with clients.
She also revealed that plans were in the final stages of a merger between the head bodies that govern the country’s registered public accountants, and chartered accountants. A formal announcement was expected by next month, she said.
Also making a presentation at the forum was President of the Jamaica Bar Association, Arlene Harrison-Henry. She proposed that a national firearm registry could be established for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The registry, she suggested, would serve the purpose of regulating the issuing of firearms, and the return of the weapons. Other presenters at the forum included, Director of Longville Park Farm, Donovan Bunting; Managing Director of St. Jago Farm Supplies, O’Brian Johnson; and President of the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce, Rudolph Green.

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