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Tax authorities probing Digicel over GCT payments

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has confirmed that yesterday's operation at Digicel was aimed at retrieving information regarding the company’s GCT payments.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the TAJ said it decided to undertake the operation after securing a search warrant from the Supreme Court because negotiations with Digicel since December 2011 failed to provide all relevant information requested.

The TAJ also says it has no interest in the details of any customer.

“The sole purpose of the operation was to ensure that GCT paid by customers was paid over in full to the tax authorities,” a TAJ spokesperson said.

The TAJ also says the team including the police acted professionally throughout the operation.

Yesterday, Digicel complained that the police had high-powered weapons and prevented some staff from leaving the building which caused the employees to be upset.

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However the search was thwarted because Digicel had obtained a court order barring the tax authorities from taking information from its database.

Digicel is to head to court on Tuesday to make its case in the ongoing issue with the TAJ.