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TAJ to start seizing assets, earnings of delinquent taxpayers

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 7:52 AM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is warning that it will be increasing enforcement activities against chronically delinquent taxpayers through a raft of measures under the Tax Collection Act.

The TAJ says the measures include the seizure of assets, and taking money from people's earnings to recover outstanding taxes.

It's why the TAJ is urging indebted taxpayers to contacts it's officers and begin talks because robust enforcement action will follow once all means to collect the outstanding amounts have been exhausted. 

Only recently, the TAJ's Special Enforcement Team and the police conducted several operations in Manchester and Clarendon to recover more than $13 million in taxes.

The TAJ says arising from its clamp down, business operators Bunny Rose, Vaughn Fletcher, Tyrone Hartley, and Sydney McPherson have cleared their education tax debts.

Rose, Hartley and McPherson have also paid up outstanding income tax.

In the meantime, the TAJ says warrants of disobedience have been served on Ian Myers, Wengsheng Su, Winston Russell, Donna Lyn, Martin Lilly and Robert Taylor who were all hauled to court for failing to attend an earlier hearing.

The taxpayers were all subsequently offered bail.