Government of Jamaica
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Kingston, Jamaica: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Residents of the Christiana and neighbouring communities are set to benefit from a new tax office in Struan Castle following a ground-breaking ceremony for the facility by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the Tax Administration Jamaica on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
The new building, which will replace the existing facility, will be accommodative to the physically challenged, with adequate parking bays, bathroom facilities for all users, sufficient office spaces, basic amenities (lunch room, kitchen, sick bay and stock and filing rooms) and fully equipped with the necessary networking support and generator.
There is also a proposal for a recreational area and conference room along with a guard house and fire-prevention system.
Hon. Nigel Clarke, DPhil., MP, Minister of Finance and the Public Service in his remarks said more upgrades are coming for tax offices across the island.
“Over the next decade, Jamaica is going to be in a position to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public service delivery through infrastructure upgrades. The Tax Administration Jamaica and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service are working on an upgrade to tax offices across Jamaica,” he said.
He also noted that the groundbreaking for the new tax office in Christiana is a prelude to the infrastructural development that is to come across Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Audley Shaw, CD, MP, Member of Parliament for Northeast Manchester and Minister of Transport and Mining in his remarks said the location of the new tax office will be convenient to Jamaicans living in nearby parishes who are seeking to do business with TAJ.
“Instead of people going to Browns Town in St. Ann, Trelawny by the seaside, or in Clarendon it’s shorter for them to come to Christiana. So, I’m really happy that finally, we’re breaking the ground here for the construction of this very important facility… this is a significant moment for us,’ he highlighted.
Paul Lalor, Chairman of Tax Administration, Jamaica underscored the importance of comfortable and convenient space for employees and the general public.
“The importance of these spaces from which we operate cannot be underestimated. We must not only make our locations comfortable and convenient but the service provided must be efficient and the processes need to be seamless. Additionally, to achieve our quality service mandate we must ensure the team at TAJ is provided with a working environment that is conducive to higher levels of employee welfare thereby boosting productivity and reducing turnover.”
The location of the current office is limited with space, both internally and externally, and the tax-paying public is inconvenienced due to the non-existence of amenities such as seating, restroom availability and parking.
Approximately $670.8 million has been included in the budget estimates by the Government of Jamaica to build the new office. It is estimated that the building should be completed and ready for occupancy within 18-24 months. This project will be on 2 floors with approximately 10,000 sq. ft. to facilitate both the Tax Office and storage for records.
For further information contact:
Corporate Communication & Public Relations Branch
Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
Tel: (876) 932-4656/4660/4655
The Hon. Nigel Clarke, D.Phil., MP
Minister of Finance and the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4
Tel: (876) 932-4656 / 4660 / 4655
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