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Appendix V

TAX ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMME

Tax Administration Jamaica

TAJ operates as the country’s premiere revenue collecting authority and is responsible for collecting approximately 60% of total tax revenues. In keeping with the Tax Management Programme and its mission to collect the revenues due in an equitable and efficient manner and to foster voluntary compliance, TAJ contributes to a competitive business environment that facilitates and enhances economic growth and development. In accordance with its strategic objectives, TAJ continues to make it easier for persons to do business while reducing the cost of compliance, and has provided additional options for taxpayers to access information, file returns and pay their taxes. As a result, compliance rates and collections continue to improve.

FY2016/2017 PERFORMANCE

During FY 2016/2017, TAJ remained focused on its two strategic objectives: (1) Improving voluntary compliance and (2) Modernization of TAJ. The outlook for TAJ’s core performance is positive as its risk-based compliance initiatives continue to drive its major programmes. TAJ’s modernization programme is a significant contributor to its success. The modernization of TAJ’s human resources, processes, physical infrastructure and systems has enabled it to broaden its reach and grow compliance across the population, and to efficiently and effectively respond to changes in the dynamic operating environment.

Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS)

Implementation of the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) signalled a change in the way TAJ does business. This change is manifested in a substantial transformation of the human and technological infrastructure, as well as improved and re-engineered business processes, which has enhanced TAJ’s customer-centric focus and improved efficiency. The TAJ has made major strategic investments in customer service, and taxpayers are benefitting from online services with greater convenience and security.

The implementation of the RAiS has up-skilled over 1,000 team members in addition to upgrading computer systems island-wide. The advanced technological infrastructure has enabled TAJ to strengthen its efficiency and transparency, which are key elements of its National Compliance Plan.

Service and Education

The implementation of RAiS has encouraged and driven customers to use TAJ’s eServices. As a result, outreach programmes focused on strengthening stakeholder engagements. TAJ provided

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The GoJ plans to extend the functionality of the CTMS by developing the Revenue Management

Module (RMM), which will address the current deficiencies in revenue recording. As a first step

towards the implementation of a government-wide JIFMIS, CTMS is being further enhanced to

function in a web-based environment. The web-enhanced version of the CTMS will centralize

the implementation of the current client-server FinMan budget execution application software

used in MDAs. It will facilitate version management of the application software and the related

look-up tables such as the Chart of Accounts. It will also provide a consolidated view of budget

execution in a single centralized database.

The project will be implemented along the following tracks:

i) Track 1 CTMS Development

The objectives of this track are to address the current deficiencies in revenue recording; increase

domestic revenue; as well as strengthen revenue policy and oversight of revenue collection; and

improve the receipt and processing of payment requests from the MDAs. This will include the

implementation of an upgraded version of the CTMS to a web-based environment without any

additional functionality by March 2019 (this has been achieved). This will be followed inter alia

by the introduction of consolidated financial reporting and automated bank reconciliation.

ii) Track 2 Development and implementation of the JIFMIS

The objectives of this component are to enhance cash management, government accounting and

reporting, debt management and improve revenue and expenditure forecasting by developing a

solution to replace the GOJ’s CTMS and integrating with other GoJ development projects that

can be considered components of the JIFMIS, such as:

1. Budget Preparation and Management System (BPMS)

2. Government of Jamaica Electronic Procurement (GOJEP)

3. Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS)

4. Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) -

5. Human Capital Management Enterprise System (referred to as ‘myHR+’)

6. Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS)

7. Central Securities Depository (CSD)

8. Pension Earnings and Pension Administration System (PEPAS)

9. Asset Management and Inventory and Shared Services system

10. Public Investment Management Information System (PIMIS)

The data flow of the envisioned process of JIFMIS System 1

is described in the diagram below.

1 Jamaica Integrated Financial Management Information System (JIFMIS) conceptual design January 2015

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

PROJECT MANAGER, JAMAICA INTEGRATED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (JIFMIS) PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION UNIT (PIU)

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look-up tables such as the Chart of Accounts. It will also provide a consolidated view of budget execution in a single centralized database.

Track 2 Development and implementation of the JIFMIS

The objective of this component are to enhance cash management, government accounting and reporting, debt management and improve revenue and expenditure forecasting by developing a solution to replace the GOJ’s CTMS and integrating with other GoJ development projects that can be considered components of the JIFMIS, such as:

1. Budget Preparation and Management System (BPMS) 2. Government of Jamaica Electronic Procurement (GOJEP) 3. Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) 4. Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) - 5. Human Capital Management Enterprise System (referred to as ‘myHR+’) 6. Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS) 7. Central Securities Depository (CSD) 8. Pension Earnings and Pension Administration System (PEPAS) 9. Asset Management and Inventory and Shared Services system 10. Public Investment Management Information System (PIMIS)

The data flow of the envisioned process of JIFMIS System1 is described in the diagram below.

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1 Jamaica Integrated Financial Management Information System (JIFMIS) conceptual design January 2015

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e) BOJ Reforms to limit Lending to Government Mr. Speaker, in the context of the Precautionary Standby Arrangement with the IMF, we

are committed to reforms of the Jamaica">Bank of Jamaica this year. We intend to move to a full-

fledged inflation targeting regime, and accordingly, the BOJ’s operational independence

will be reviewed with a view to ensuring its ability to pursue this priority mandate.

The Government has taken significant steps to enshrine greater fiscal responsibility in

its laws, particularly as regards debt accumulation, greater parliamentary oversight, and

stricter auditing. These have helped to reduce the risks of past fiscal profligacy that

fueled high inflation. To further augment these safeguards, the Government is also

committed to revising the BOJ Act in order to adopt stricter limits on lending to

Government and to modernize arrangements for paying dividends and to the

appointments to the BOJ Board.

f) Stepping up Tax Compliance Mr. Speaker, tax compliance represents one of the most important reform issues in FY

2017/18. As I have indicated earlier, Jamaica’s tax rates are already high compared

with other similar middle income countries. Ongoing efforts to broaden the tax base

have proved successful. But, Mr. Speaker, compliance still needs to be strengthened in

some areas, especially at Customs. Mr. Speaker, with higher compliance, we could

consider reducing tax rates to support higher levels of consumption and growth in the

economy.

Mr. Speaker, let me provide you with the magnitude of the problem. Tax arrears now

stand at $234 billion inclusive of interest and penalties. Property tax arrears are also

estimated at $13.5 billion.

Against this background, Mr. Speaker, we intend to continue to improve the

administrative capacity of the staff and broaden the tax base in tandem with the full roll-

out of the new information systems – the Revenue Administration Information System

(RAIS) and ASYCUDA at TAJ and Customs respectively.

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Though the CTMS has matured as a budget control and payment system, it may not be able to continue to leverage the fast-evolving technological developments in the ICT environment, to meet the growing needs for transparency and accountability of government towards its citizens.

The GoJ plans to extend the functionality of the CTMS by developing the Revenue Management Module (RMM), which will address the current deficiencies in revenue recording. As a first step towards the implementation of a government-wide JIFMIS, CTMS is being further enhanced to function in a web-based environment. The web-enhanced version of the CTMS will centralize the implementation of the current client-server FinMan budget execution application software used in MDAs. It will facilitate version management of the application software and the related look-up tables such as the Chart of Accounts. It will also provide a consolidated view of budget execution in a single centralized database.

The project will be implemented along the following tracks:

i) Track 1 CTMS Development

The objectives of this track are to address the current deficiencies in revenue recording; increase domestic revenue; as well as strengthen revenue policy and oversight of revenue collection; and improve the receipt and processing of payment requests from the MDAs. This will include the implementation of an upgraded version of the CTMS to a web-based environment without any additional functionality by March 2019 (this has been achieved). This will be followed inter alia by the introduction of consolidated financial reporting and automated bank reconciliation.

ii) Track 2 Development and implementation of the JIFMIS

The objectives of this component are to enhance cash management, government accounting and reporting, debt management and improve revenue and expenditure forecasting by developing a solution to replace the GOJ’s CTMS and integrating with other GoJ development projects that can be considered components of the JIFMIS, such as:

1. Budget Preparation and Management System (BPMS) 2. Government of Jamaica Electronic Procurement (GOJEP) 3. Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) 4. Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) - 5. Human Capital Management Enterprise System (referred to as ‘myHR+’) 6. Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS) 7. Central Securities Depository (CSD) 8. Pension Earnings and Pension Administration System (PEPAS) 9. Asset Management and Inventory and Shared Services system 10. Public Investment Management Information System (PIMIS)

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