Georgetown, Wednesday, March 17, 2020:  The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) having noted the concerns of its many stakeholders in relation to the provision of services during the current political climate and more recently the threat of COVID-19 (Corona virus) wishes to advise that the Authority continues to offer all tax related services at its Headquarters and Integrated Regional Tax offices (IRTO).

The Authority also wishes to inform the general public that Management of the Authority under advice from the Ministry of Health has implemented and will continue to improve the necessary precautions so as to maintain a safe and healthy work environment to both its staff and taxpayers who do business at its various offices.

The authority wishes to advise the general taxpaying public of the due dates for submission and payment of taxes in accordance with the respective due dates. PAYE taxes and advance taxes for corporate taxpayers were due on March 14th and 15th respectively, while VAT and self-employed taxes are due on March 24th, 2020 and April 1st, 2020, respectively.

March 14th and 15th, 2020 being weekend days, the due date for these payments were extended to Monday, March 16th, 2020. Cognizant of the effects above which may not allow for taxpayers to meet the respective due dates for payment and filing, the Authority advises that waiver of interest and penalties will be considered by the Authority on a case by case basis.

The Authority also takes the opportunity to remind taxpayers to utilise its e-filing services and also its payment relationships with financial institutions.

Lastly, the GRA wishes to advise that every effort will be made to ensure that its mandate of providing services to the taxpaying public will be ensured regardless of all obstacles, man-made or otherwise, and that any changes to the times of operations or the services rendered will be communicated to all stakeholders in a timely manner.