St. Kitts – Nevis Tax Department Goes Mobile

High Tax Burden

The Tax Man Cometh

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
June 11, 2012 (CUOPM)

The St. Kitts – Nevis Inland Revenue Department says it has successfully hosted the first of two Mobile Tax Information Center events in Sandy Point and Old Road.

The first saw a large number of persons from the Sandy Point community as well as other surrounding villages turning out to ask questions and dialogue with the staff of the Inland Revenue Department.

The second last Saturday 9th June was held in Old Road Village, next to the Fisheries Complex.

The following week the Department will mount its Mobile Tax Information Center in Cayon, on the lawn across from Maynard’s Park on June 16th, 2012 and on June 23rd, 2012, one will be on Fort Street, Basseterre.

All events are expected to run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm except the event in Basseterre, which will close at 4:00 pm.

The initiative, which is the first in a series of innovative events to aid public education by the Department, is designed to increase public awareness with respect to the role and operations of the Inland Revenue Department and better educating the public of their responsibilities as taxpayers and citizens.

“The feedback from the general public was tremendous and the Department is thankful and appreciative of the support that they have received thus far from the public,” the Department said in a news release.

It disclosed that over the course of the next few weeks and months, the Department intends to increase public awareness and interest in its new taxpayer outreach programme and customers will no longer be confined to its main location in Basseterre, but will have the option of turning up at anyone of the temporary mobile centers to enquire and/or settle any tax matter.

The general public is asked to note that payment of Property Taxes in St. Kitts and Nevis becomes due and payable on or before June 30th, 2012, after which penalties and interest will accrue at 1 percent per month or 12 percent per annum.

Please contact the Inland Revenue Department on St. Kitts or on Nevis if you have not received a Property Tax Notice for this or any tax period to bring your account up to date and avoid unnecessary penalties and interest.

The Inland Revenue Department is charged with administering the tax laws of the Federation in an efficient and equitable manner, to promote voluntary compliance to maximize Revenue for the development of the Federation at the least cost to the public and in a manner that warrants the highest degree of Public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness.

The Inland Revenue Department is the prime revenue collections agency for the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis within the Ministry of Finance, located at Bay Road, Basseterre, and Charlestown, St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies.

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