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Property Tax Pardon For Laid Off Workers

Wed, Apr 15, 2009

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Workers who have been laid off (made redundant) as well as other persons (including pensioners, persons with disabilities and those with fixed income) who are struggling in the current economic climate, may be eligible for a property-tax waiver that would remove a percentage of the sum owed to the Jamaican Government. This special discretionary relief is granted by the finance ministry, and application forms may be collected at parish council offices or any of the 29 tax collectorates islandwide. The completed forms should be submitted to the relevant parish council, but approval of the relief would be solely at the discretion of the Ministry of Finance.

A percentage can be waived, but this figure would be determined by the finance ministry.

Other landowners who are having difficulties making their lump sum property tax payments can also apply to pay via one of two payment plan options – (i) Semi-Annual Plan – first payment on April 1, second payment on October 1 and (ii) Quarterly Plan – First payment on April 1, second payment on July 1, third payment on October 1, fourth and final payment on January 1.

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