Some thirteen (13) compliance officers have been contracted by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to boost its compliance and property tax collections efforts. The team is to start their compliance efforts with delinquent property owners as of October 1, across the four regions in the fourteen parishes across the island.
The Ministry in partnership with Tax Administration Jamaica held its first sensitization session with the team to outline the Terms of Reference including the modalities for issuing reminders, serving of summonses, incentives and compensation packages. The main objective of the team is to collect arrears and current balances. .
The special compliance team is a major initiative of the Government of Jamaica as it seeks to improve property tax compliance and collections so as to effectively fund the services for which this revenue source is primarily responsible – solid waste collection and disposal as well as payment for streetlight services. The targeted sum for the fiscal year 2012/2013 is 2.8 billion.