Reporting for GCT on Government Purchases Due

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is reminding GCT Registered Taxpayers who provide goods and services to government entities that the new policy of GCT being charged on government purchases is to be reflected on their GCT return, starting with their June GCT return, due by the end of July. A new GCT return has been designed to accommodate this, and should be used by all GCT registered taxpayers. In making such returns the Withholding Tax Certificates (WTC) issued to the supplier by a government Tax Withholding Entity (TWE) may be claimed as a credit against Output Tax.

The new policy, which came into effect on June 1, 2014, now requires government entities to pay GCT on purchases. The new law stipulates that ministries, departments, agencies and some public bodies be registered as Tax Withholding Entities (TWEs) and requires them to withhold the GCT from their suppliers, provide suppliers with a Withholding Tax Certificate and make the payments to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).

TAJ's system has been configured to allow the TWEs to now begin uploading the withholding tax certificates issued during the month of June. The government entities are expected to complete this exercise by July 21, following which suppliers will be able to file their GCT returns electronically showing WTCs being claimed as credit. It should be noted that suppliers must file their GCT returns online in order to claim the credit reflected on withholding tax certificates.

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UDC Collaborates With TEF And PAJ To Improve The Historic Town Of Falmouth

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to improve the streetscape aesthetics of the Historic town of Falmouth in the parish of Trelawny.

The project will be funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund at a cost of $279.9m with completion scheduled for May 2015.

The main objective is to enhance the experience of residents and tourists in the historic town. This forms part of the UDC's Draft Greater Falmouth Redevelopment Plan 2012.The Development Plan seeks to preserve the area's rich heritage whilst making provision for the surrounding environs to be renewed in harmony with the built and natural environment and to ensure an improved tourist product.

The scope of this project includes: improving the entry point and aesthetics of the three main streets: Market, Falmouth, and Tharpe. Improvements to pedestrian crossings and paths/walkways and streetscaping to include banners, covered drains and paved walkways for both residents and visitors to enjoy more of the town and to move about freely in an atmosphere of safety.

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Jamaica Adds Dedicated Volunteer Initiative Page To Official Website

Plan a wedding, adventure tour and now, volunteer opportunity, on Jamaica Tourist Board's official website, VisitJamaica.com

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - October 7, 2014 - The Jamaica Tourist Board has added a dedicated page to its website for visitors who desire to volunteer during their vacation trip to the island. Visitors can now easily plan volunteerexperiences through this voluntourism initiative. The combination of voluntary service with the traditional elements of a vacation has become increasingly popular in Jamaica and the website page is in response to this growing trend. One of the first of its kind in the Caribbean, the webpage offers a database of faith, health and education based volunteer programs, with more categories to appear as they become available.

"The Jamaica Tourist Board is focused on allowing our visitors to have an enriching experience while they vacation on the island," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "While our Jamaican people will surely benefit from the assistance of altruistic travelers, we hope that they take home an experience of a lifetime, and share the celebrated Jamaican spirit and warmth with their friends and family."

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JHTA Sensitizes Hotel Workers on Infectious Diseases

 

Kingston, Oct. 18, 2014: The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) has taken measures to sensitize industry workers about infectious diseases.

The Association, facilitated by the Ministry of Health, has begun a series of workshops to educate hoteliers and their staff on how to carry out preventative measures as well as how to treat with any potential suspected cases of infectious diseases including Ebola.

The first workshop was held in Negril on October 16, 2014, and others have been scheduled for Montego Bay, Kingston, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and the South Coast in the ensuing weeks.

JHTA President, Nicola Madden Greig, noting the ban issued on travellers to Jamaica from Liberia, Sirrea Leone and Guinea, by the Ministry of Health said that "the preservation of the health, safety and welfare of Jamaicans is of paramount importance. Collectively, we must all ensure that Ebola does not occur in Jamaica."

Mrs. Madden Greig said that working with the Ministries of Health and Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment, the JHTA started weeks ago the dissemination of accurate information and sensitization about Ebola across the, island. She said the JHTA will continue to provide information and support to its members.