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Sharp increase in online filing of tax returns

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 11:35 AM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is reporting that the online filing (eFiling) rate for most major tax types increased during the 2016/17 financial year.

According to the TAJ more individual and companies submitted their returns online using the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS).

“This trend is indeed encouraging for the revenue authority which last year, bolstered its online offerings with the introduction of RAiS which offers taxpayers an expanded suite of online service options,” said the TAJ in a release.

“These outcomes may be attributed to several factors including the full implementation of RAiS, targeted awareness campaigns; intensified education and outreach programmes; the forging of critical strategic stakeholder partnerships as well as, in the case of General Consumption Tax (GCT), mandating specific categories of taxpayers, in this instance, medium to file online,” said the TAJ.

Additionally, during the 2016/17 financial year, several tax offices were outfitted with an e-Tax Spot, a dedicated area that allows taxpayers to file online with support of TAJ team members.

These included Cross Roads, Kingston, Montego Bay, Mandeville Centre, Spanish Town and St Ann’s Bay Tax Offices.

Before last year the Constant Spring Tax Office was the only location that boasted an eFiling centre which facilitated online transactions for up to six taxpayers at any given time during the day.

“Taxpayers are reminded that they may contact their Taxpayer Education Team, Client Relationship Manager, or the Customer Care Centre at 1-888-Tax-Help (1-888-829-4357) to make arrangements for personalised on-site technical assistance,” said the TAJ Online tax filings for the 2016-2017 financial year:

General Consumption Tax filings +25%
Company Income Tax +54%,
Individual Income Tax +40%
Guest Accommodation Room Tax +25%
Special Consumption Tax +48%.
*PAYE, which is mandated to be filed online, maintained its 100% efiling compliance rate.