Georgetown, Friday, February 1, 2019: In its thrust to take services offered in Georgetown to all Regions and to strengthen tax compliance, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officially opened a new Integrated Regional Tax Office (IRTO) in Mabaruma, Region One Barima/Waini on Monday, January 28, 2019.
Taxpayers in the Town and Region at large will, therefore, not have to travel long distances to benefit from services offered at the GRA’s Head Office.
The new office is located on the ground floor of the Regional Administrative Office adjacent to the Mabaruma Regional Hospital. It will be offering the following services:
- Tax Advisory Services,
- Sale of Trade and Miscellaneous licences,
- Application for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
- Compliance Certificates
The sale of Malt and Wine licence, vehicle licence and renewal of Drivers Licence are some of the additional services soon to be offered.
The office will enjoy direct and real time communication with the GRA Head Office in Georgetown through the existing Information Technology (IT) system. The current staff complement, who have been employed from the region, have undergone training and very soon more persons will be so employed to undertake key functions at the Office.
The Authority takes note of the charge by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan for the officers to commit to the task of service. He also challenged the GRA’s leadership to ensure that its regional offices are upgraded so that taxpayers can conduct business in a conducive, customer friendly environment.
Minister Jordan, who performed the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to commission the office, reminded the gathering that taxes are a core component of government’s funds used to finance a myriad of government services such as infrastructure, defence and security, health and education.
The Minister was in the company of GRA’s Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia, Chairman of Region One Brentnol Ashley, Mayor of Mabaruma, Chris Phang and other municipal and regional officials. In this regard, the Authority would also like to thank the Mabaruma Mayor and Town Council and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) for their timely support as it endeavored to find a suitable location. The Authority is also planning to acquire a larger facility and has already engaged officials from the region for this undertaking.
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