BRA’S new on­line tax sys­tem

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The Bar­ba­dos Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (BRA) is urg­ing all tax­pay­ers to reg­is­ter on­line in the new Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (TAMIS) in or­der to file their 2018 in­come tax re­turns next year and to re­ceive any re­lated re­funds.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Erica Lazare said dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing at the Baobab Tower on Wed­nes­day that TAMIS would re­place the elec­tronic tax ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem.

She ex­plained that all em­ploy­ees and self­em­ployed per­sons, as well as pen­sion­ers re­ceiv­ing more than $40 000 a year, were re­quired to reg­is­ter on­line in TAMIS to ob­tain their new se­cure Tax Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (TIN).

“With TAMIS, there are a few changes, the ma­jor change be­ing that we will no longer be us­ing a per­son’s na­tional regis­tra­tion num­ber as their tax num­ber.

“So this means that tax­pay­ers are there­fore re­quired to go onto the TAMIS web­site at https://tamis.bra. gov.bb and fol­low the in­struc­tions to sub­mit their regis­tra­tion.”

Em­ploy­ees, she said, will have to en­sure that they give their new TIN to their em­ploy­ers so that their salary in­for­ma­tion can be up­loaded by their re­spec­tive pay­roll per­son­nel in Fe­bru­ary next year, ahead of the in­come tax fil­ing sea­son in April 2019.

Lazare ad­vised tax­pay­ers to reg­is­ter as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We es­ti­mate that well over 90 000 in­di­vid­u­als will need to re-reg­is­ter and this is a sig­nif­i­cant sec­tion of the Bar­ba­dian pop­u­lace.

“We don’t want to have a sit­u­a­tion where thou­sands of per­sons try to reg­is­ter at the very last minute, which in turn may lead to them reg­is­ter­ing in­cor­rectly or miss­ing the fil­ing dead­line and re­ceiv­ing the late fil­ing penalty, sim­ply be­cause their em­ployer was not able to up­load their salary in­for­ma­tion in time.

“This is why we are urg­ing Bar­ba­di­ans to reg­is­ter in TAMIS now. We do not want any­one to be dis­ad­van­taged.”

She added that peo­ple who filed at least one in­come tax re­turn in the past are re­quired to choose the “re-reg­is­ter­ing an in­di­vid­ual” op­tion in TAMIS so that their pay­ments and out­stand­ing re­funds can be seam­lessly brought into this new sys­tem. How­ever, any­one who never filed a re­turn be­fore or be­gan work­ing in 2018 for the first time, must choose the “reg­is­ter­ing a new in­di­vid­ual” op­tion in TAMIS.

(GP)

Erica Lazare

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