GRA commissions tax office in Mabaruma

─ govt on a mission to improve GRA’s operations

─ GRA to ensure services are delivered

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Citizens residing in Region 1 will no longer have to travel outside their region to access the services of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), now that a tax office has been opened in Mabaruma.

The Integrated Regional Tax Office was officially commissioned by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in the presence of Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Godfrey Statia; Region One Regional Chairman, Brentnol Ashley, the Mayor of Mabaruma, Chris Phang; and other public officials.

During brief remarks, Minister Jordan said the government has embarked on a mission.

“To improve the operations of the Guyana Revenue Authority and simplify the tax administration system,” he disclosed.

Minister Jordan stated the Coalition Government’s aim “is to strengthen tax policies to broaden the tax base, combat tax evasion and avoidance so that the tax rate can be set at optimal levels. This objective is also important for this government in its pursuit to provide the good life for all Guyanese,” he emphasised.

GRA Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia remarked: “taxes are an investment into our country’s progress”.

“I would assure you we at the GRA would ensure that you get the services that you deserve and we hope you would contribute to the taxes as you were,” the GRA head stated.

The opening of the Mabaruma office comes one day after the Guyana Revenue Authority would have celebrated 19 years of operation. Both the Regional Chairman, Brentnol Ashley and Mabaruma Mayor Chris Phang expressed gratitude for the establishment of the facilities noting that it would significantly contribute to the development of the region.

Anara Khan.

Images: Guyana Revenue Authority.

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