E-filing of taxes to be mandatory for certain companies- GRA

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GRA Headquarters

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) plans to make e-filing mandatory for specific brackets of taxpayers to improve the efficiency of tax collection in 2019.

This initiative is one of many the authority had announced when it unveiled its first phase of e-services earlier this year.

Following the amendment to Section 3 of the Income Tax Act Chapter 81:01, this long-awaited e-service provides a platform that enables individual taxpayers and companies to submit tax returns online.

According to a DPI release, during the Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan said this is part of the creation of a Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU), which was established in 2017 aimed to provide proper and dedicated customer care service. He noted that the unit is responsible for bringing in over $4B in tax revenue.

Minister Jordan said that an Oil and Gas Unit will also be established within the LTU, dedicated to ensure appropriate revenues are paid to the state by petroleum-producers.

“The government has secured the support of international institutions to undertake capacity building initiatives in the GRA and other institutions, providing expert advice in several areas, including cost-oil audit and production sharing agreements,” the minister explained.

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