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Tax authority weighs in on JFJ, says all charities must pay taxes

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has weighed in on the public discussion surrounding news that lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), owes $11 million in back taxes.

The organisation’s chairman Dr Barry Wade, says the tax bill has come about because the group has lost its charity status.

According to him, JFJ is now liable for GCT and other statutory deductions from which it would have otherwise been exempt.

He said contributions to JFJ can no longer be claimed for a tax write-off.

However, while not making reference to JFJ, Tax Administration has issued a statement counter to Dr Wade’s claims.

TAJ's director of communications, Meris Haughton, says all entities, including charities, are required to deduct and make statutory payments.

 

TAJ's director of communications, Meris Haughton.

She explains that a charity or any other group that does not make an income would not be entitled to benefit from the write-off entitlement. 

 

TAJ's director of communications, Meris Haughton.

The JFJ chairman says the Government has rejected applications last year to have its charity status renewed because the group has advocacy for legislative change as one of its objectives.

He says the government believes that objective is political and disqualifies JFJ as a charitable group.