The Guyana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) tax administration system which is mostly paper-based, will soon benefit from a complete overhaul following the award of a contract to DataTorque, a company based in New Zealand. The firm is expected to implement a programme that will not only improve the authority’s revenue mobilization powers but also comprehensively automate its tax administration systems.
Managing Director of Data Torque, Bill Chatwin said that the company is proud to be able to assist in GRA’s process of public tax reform and modernization while assuring that its system will make it easier for the authority to expand its tax base, particularly with an expanding oil and gas industry.
He said, too, that it will enable GRA to provide greater online self-service options to taxpayers and greater surety around their tax obligations. Chatwin said that these tools are crucial to GRA’s tax reform journey which seeks to promote compliance through education and deliver quality services with responsible enforcement programmes.
Guyana Standard understands that the contract is the first for DataTorque in South America, and follows successful existing partnerships in the Caribbean region with governments in the Bahamas, Barbados and Haiti.
Chatwin said, “…For us it’s about collective success – working together to provide our tax reform expertise and best of breed technology, to contribute to the economic well-being of the people of Guyana.”