TAJ targets tax evaders

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August 18, 2016

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Special Enforcement Team, and members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency continued operations in sections of Clarendon yesterday to recover outstanding taxes from tax evaders.

The operations, which began at 5:30 a.m. and lasted for several hours, were targeted at chronically delinquent taxpayers who have refused to comply with the orders of the court.

On Tuesday, there were also operations in the Old Harbour communities of Marlie Gardens, Old Harbour Villas, Aviary, New Harbour Village, Rhone Park Estate, Church Pen, and East Street. This resulted in 17 taxpayers making full payments on spot, while several others paid down significant amounts with arrangements to settle the outstanding sums soon.

TAJ promises to continue carrying out enforcement activities to ensure the protection of the revenue. Taxpayers are, therefore, encouraged to speak with the tax authority to make suitable arrangements if they are faced with difficulties in honouring their tax obligations, particularly where a judgement has been handed down by the court.

The agency stressed that failure to comply with a court order will result in strong enforcement action to recover the outstanding amounts.

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