Georgetown, Wednesday, January 19, 2022: The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) would like to caution the general public to be on alert for potential scam calls from persons pretending to be GRA representatives.
It is has come to the attention of the GRA that scammers are calling randomly selected cellular numbers and requesting payment from unsuspecting targets while pretending to be representatives of the Revenue Authority.
The general public is reminded that officers of the GRA are NOT authorised to collect monies from taxpayers. All payments are effected at the GRA’s Cashiers located at its Headquarters, Regional Offices and/or Licence Revenue Office. You will be issued with an official GRA receipt for all payments to the GRA.
Alternatively, taxpayers can utilise online payment options the GRA has established with banking and other financial institutions. Taxpayers can pay their Customs Duty, Corporation Tax, Individual Income Tax, Individual Property Tax, Value Added Tax (VAT), Pay as You Earn (PAYE), and Motor Vehicle Licence fees using the online banking services available at Republic Bank, Demerara Bank and GBTI. A breakdown of the tax type and amount paid must then be presented to the GRA’s Cashiers.
Additionally, taxpayers can utilise GTT’s Mobile Money (MMG) or Bill Express to make payments. The receipt of the transaction must be presented to complete the transaction.
If you suspect you are being scammed, you are advised to request the name and employee ID of the person pretending to be the GRA representative. You can report suspected scammers or imposters to the Special Investigation Unit by calling the hotline on 225-5051 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.