MyVueNews Staff writer
Basseterre, St. Kitts, 25th June, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The Inland Revenue Department opened its new offices to the public today, 25th June, in environs that should allow for greater efficiency and improved customer service.
Located in the John Gumbs Building on the Bay road, just across the street from the Post Office, the new IRD offers the customers spacious service areas and significantly enhanced accessibility.
Comptroller of Inland Revenue Edward Gift indicated that the new location also includes an advanced queuing system, as well as dedicated service areas that allow for greater privacy for customers when conducting business.
Gift also said, “In our opinion, no other public organization touches the lives more on a daily basis than that of the Inland Revenue Department.”
He continued, “We are also of the strong opinion that we are the most frequently contacted of all public institutions within the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Concluding, he said, “Our ability to manage this relationship and achieve healthy and sustainable levels of compliance is a critical factor in shaping public attitudes towards the government.”
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, who is also the Minister of Finance, reminded everyone of the relevance of having tax collecting agencies of the Government.
The Minister of Finance said, “Without healthy collections by the revenue collecting agencies of the state, of which Inland Revenue is one of the most important ones, we certainly would not be able to finance education. We certainly would not be able to increase the budget, which has tripled with respect to national security. We certainly would not be able to add to the CCTV programme, and we certainly would not be able to provide the vehicles at the round-a-bouts and [other] strategic intersections of Basseterre and the country.”
The Finance Minister also used the occasion to urge individuals to be in compliance with the various tax laws and obligations.
Harris made reference to the Property Tax amnesty programme introduced by the Government that continues to the end of this month.
Top Photo: Comptroller of Inland Revenue Edward Gift (R) with Minister of Finance Dr. Timothy Harris shortly after the official cutting of the ribbon.