TAJ assisting MSMEs to file statutory returns online

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Beginning February, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be able to access Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) annual Special Taxpayer Assistance Programme (STAP), to assist with the filing of their statutory returns.

The TAJ, in a statement yesterday, indicated that this is being done to encourage MSMEs to file online.

The service not only affords users the option of filing their income tax returns electronically, but also making payments using automated direct banking; creating a payment plan; viewing filing and payment history; generating accounts statements; and applying for Tax Compliance Certificates (TCCs) online, instead of visiting a tax office to conduct these transactions.

Meanwhile, the TAJ is encouraging all taxpayers to arrange for early filing of their returns, which are due on March 15, by utilising the convenience, speed and security of the online option, “to avoid the usual last-minute rush.”

The authority reminds clients filing Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Assets Tax Returns that this must be done electronically, via the TAJ's online portal at

“This means that the returns for these categories of taxpayers must be filed using the TAJ's online facility on or before the March 15 due date,” the agency stated.

The TAJ is also reminding companies, organisations and self-employed people, as well as workers with additional sources of income, or multiple employment, to file their annual income tax returns for 2018 and their estimated income and tax payable for 2019 on or before March 15.

“Taxpayers, including professionals and self-employed people such as entertainers, doctors, lawyers, realtors, landlords, shopkeepers, barbers, hairdressers and taxi/bus operators, are also encouraged to register to file and pay online via the TAJ's tax portal. Persons may visit the 'How To' section… for user-friendly instructions,” the authority added.

For additional information, persons can contact the TAJ's Customer Care Centre at 888-TAX-HELP (888-829-4357), or visit


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