The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recently engaged staff of the Linden municipality and the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) as it culminated its 2018 Regional Tax Campaign.The campaign was facilitated by the Communication and Tax Advisory Services Division which focused on several topics relevant to procedures at the GRA and the 2018 tax laws and regulations.At the meeting held with the Linden Municipality, one of the main topics coveredTax Specialist Roopnarine Ramkishun speaking to personnel at the Linden Mayor and Town Councilthe two per cent Withholding Tax on resident contractors which the Town Council, as a Central Authority, may have to apply when outsourcing. GRA’s Tax Specialist Roopnarine Ramkishun led discussions in that regard, expounding on the obligations of both the contractor and contractee and the entities and transactions that are exempt from this law.The residents were also notified of the current developments at the GRA’s branch office at Casuarina Drive, including the selling of a quantity of alcoholic beverages by way of sealed bids. The public was informed that the winning bid will be subject to G$16 per excise stamp for each bottle. The rationale behind the introduction of the excise stamp was explained in detail at the workshops.The engagement with the LCCI concentrated more on trade and miscellaneous licences, in particular the recent passage of the Tax Amendment Bill which will allow the GRA to issue a provisional licence to small shops pending the grant of such permits as building permits and fire permits.Discussion with the Chamber members enabled the Authority to garner feedback about its services and whether or not those services are working in the best interest of businesses in the Town.The tax sensitisation campaign is in keeping with the GRA’s mission to promote compliance through education. The exercise commenced in May 2018 focusing on the 2018 legislative amendments and Excise Stamp control programme. Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); and Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were the locations visited.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam admitted he had mixed emotions after scoring the best goal of his career only to ultimately end up on the losing side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The Ex-Liverpool and Blackpool player netted one of the most memorable goals since the Premier League’s induction in 1992 by lobbing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from inside his own half.Adam’s stunner brought the scores level, but the Blues snatched a second half winner through Loic Remy to ensure a 2-1 win, and the Scottish international was reflective following his side’s third successive defeat.“Of course [when asked if it was the best goal of his career]. It’s an incredible strike, it’s a nice goal to score but the important thing for us is winning the game.”“On an individual level it’s great, but on a team performance it was ok and there’s a lot that we can improve on for next week.”Mark Hughes’ team face West Ham next week with both sides on 42 points in relative mid-table obscurity, and Adam thinks the Hammers will pose a stern test.“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re in and around us as well. If we can win that will keep us in the top 10, a few points ahead of them and hopefully we can do that with two homes games to come,” said the 29-year-old. Charlie Adam 1