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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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,

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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