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12 tax delinquents arrested, $6.5 million recovered

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is reporting that its intensified drive to go after delinquent taxpayers has led to the arrest of 12 persons and the recovery of more than $6.5 million.



The TAJ says the tax delinquents were arrested for breaches including the non-payment of Income Tax, Education Tax, GCT and Property Tax.



And it says the arrests occurred in the parishes of Westmoreland, Clarendon, Portland, St Ann and St Mary.



Tax Administration says enforcement activities are led by its Special Enforcement Team (SET), which it says is mandated to handle all recovery matters relating to chronically delinquent taxpayers for various tax breaches.



It notes that the Team works closely with the police in an effort to have warrants of commitment ordered by the Court executed, and to carry out operations to seize assets to cover outstanding tax.



The TAJ says the tax authority will continue to intensify other enforcement and collections efforts to recover outstanding sums, while increasing taxpayer education and improving service delivery.



Taxpayers are being encouraged to speak with the TAJ to make suitable arrangements, if they are faced with difficulties in honouring their tax obligations, so they can avoid enforcement action.



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