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Oct 25, 1999

Gov't names three tax commissioners

  • Clive Nicholas says 'serious' employees needed to staff depts

    COMMISSIONERS HAVE been appointed by the Ministry of Finance and Planning to head three of the island's new tax departments which will begin operations on December 1, 1999.

    The appointments come in the wake of Government's restructuring and reorganising of the country's tax departments, aimed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the revenue services.

    The new departments to which commissioners have been appointed are the Tax Administration Services Department (TASD), the Revenue Protection Department (RPD) and the Inland Revenue Department.

    Delores Tyrell, a certified accountant who worked with the Revenue Board for 17 years, is to head the TASD while Mike Surridge has been appointed commissioner of the RPD. Mr. Surridge headed the former Revenue Protection Division, which was upgraded to become a department. Norma Dixon has been reappointed commissioner of the Inland Revenue Department.

    According to director general of Tax Administration Clive Nicholas, a recruitment exercise for the new tax departments was under way.

    He said persons in the old departments who had the necessary skills and were "committed to the business of collecting revenues", would be a part of the new departments.

    At the same time, those who are not pulling their weight and did not have the right attitude may not be in the new tax administration.

    "We want to make sure that the people we carry over into the new administration are serious about collecting taxes and providing the type of service that people are demanding," he emphasised.

    Mr. Nicholas also pointed out that the Revenue Board Act had been repealed on September 30 and as a result, employees of the Revenue Board had been assigned to the Ministry of Finance for a two-month period.

    He explained that the TASD would assume the functions of the Revenue Board, including the provision of legal services for all the revenue services, publicity, taxpayer education services, physical resources as well as maintenance services and training.

    The department will be responsible for the Tax Compliance Certificates and the Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).

    Mr. Nicholas said the functions of the Inland Revenue Department would be increased to include the responsibilities of the General Consumption Tax (GCT) Department.

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