TAJ in a release Wednesday, December 10 said that training is currently underway to prepare staff to use the new system.
TAJ said that it is also set to begin a series of stakeholder sessions, which will be conducted across the island, to engage primarily business operators and accountants who will be interacting with the system regularly.
“This first phase, set for rollout February 9, 2015, will involve the implementation of General Consumption (GCT), Special Consumption Tax (SCT), Guest Accommodation Room Tax (GART) and Telephone Call Tax.
“The other tax types will continue to be processed on the existing system, until they are phased in over two remaining phases,” the release said.
TAJ said the new system will benefit taxpayers greatly by allowing them to access their information and transact business through a web based Taxpayer Access Point (TAP).
It said customers using RAiS would be able to view their filing/payment history, as well as any notice sent by the administration. The new system will also allow people to apply online for all GCT refunds, make payment arrangements, and submit notices of objection, as it relates the particular tax types.
Additionally, customers will also benefit from a more interactive electronic filing experience and be able to make online payments using an automated direct banking (ACH) option, to be made available in this phase.
June 2016 is the date set for full implementation of RAiS, which is being spearheaded by TAJ in partnership with EGov Jamaica and FAST Enterprise LLC, a US based firm, which is reported has rolled out similar applications in over 140 projects worldwide.