With the pandemic likely to persist into the new year, and possibly beyond, the PPP/C Administration is cognizant of the fact that it must reconfigure how it does business. As such, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Bishop Juan Edghill disclosed during the reading of the 2020 budget that the government will prioritize the rapid deployment of electronic tax services to the population.
Expounding further Edghill said, “We will be preparing to deploy a revenue management system software which will gradually replace the tax component of the existing Total Revenue Integrated Processing System. It is expected to comprehensively automate tax administration procedures; enhance taxpayer compliance; and improve efficiency in tax administration through accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of tax collection and reporting.”
Additionally, Edghill said that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is yet to complete the roll-out of ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data), an initiative that began many years ago. The Minister said that delays have been encountered with the Electronic Single Administrative Document module of ASYCUDA regarding connectivity and the procedure for trans-shipment between ports. With this in mind, he said that the government will be providing the necessary support to GRA to ensure these long-standing initiatives finally come to a close and finally yield benefits to the people.