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TAJ names high-profile Jamaicans as tax delinquents

Published:Monday | August 19, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has published a list of what it calls delinquent taxpayers who are before the courts and who together owe approximately $9.9 billion in taxes.




According to the TAJ, the delinquents who cover eight revenue centres across the island, were brought before the courts between March and May for failure to file tax returns or pay amounts due.



The Constant Spring Revenue Service Centre alone is owed $3.5 billion.



Most of the infringements relate to the payment of income tax.



Many have also failed to pay over education, PAYE, and general consumption taxes.



Several high-profile Jamaicans, educational institutions and businesses are among the delinquents listed.



One of those listed, Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Lyttleton Shirley told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that his matter, which involves a dispute over a tax penalty, is being dealt with by his attorney.



The TAJ is encouraging taxpayers who have difficulty meeting their obligations to make arrangements to avoid court action.



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