Guyana Revenue Authority releases comprehensive tax exemption guide for tourism sector

Deputy Director of the WCO, Brenda Mundia (centre) shares a photo with Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia (immediate right), Deputy Commissioner-General, Hema Khan (immediate left) and Deputy Commissioners of Customs, Excise and Trade Operations, Rohan Beekhoo (second left) and Patrick Hyman (far left). Also in photo are Assistant Commissioner, Inland Revenue, Yonette Heyligar, and Assistant Commissioner, Customs, Sean Richmond.

THE TOURISM INVESTMENT GUIDE              

The Guide, which is in the form of a 23-page booklet, aims to encourage investment in the tourism sector by defining, in a structured manner, clear cut guidelines on what these tax concessions are, the level of tax concessions available to various categories of tourism stakeholders, and how they can be accessed, GRA explained.

The categories include Accommodation – hotels, guesthouses and inns; Lodges and resorts and Tour operators and tour guides.
For greater clarity, the categories are further broken into new hotels, guest houses and inns, new lodges or resorts, expansion of hotels, guest houses and inns and expansion of lodges and resorts that will all benefit from tax exemptions.

GRA explained that in relation to tours, information is provided for tour operators in the small, medium and large categories including tourist guides.

“These tourism establishments and operators/guides must be licensed by the GTA to be able to benefit from these tourism exemptions.”

A section of the guide places emphasis on motor vehicles; i.e. those that are shown to the satisfaction of the Commissioner-General to be used exclusively overland in the tourism industry in Regions 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for the transport of persons for incorporated entities; motor buses with 12 or more seats, not exceeding four years old and used exclusively for the transportation of tourists anywhere in Guyana, that may be eligible for tax exemptions.

In an invited comment, Minister of Business, Haimraj Rajkumar, disclosed that: “We are working more closely with stakeholders to ensure that tourism policy supports green growth and low carbon tourism development.”

The GRA statement said that the collaboration between the Ministry of Business, GRA, and tourism private sector reflects a shared commitment to create a positive, progressive, and coherent policy and regulatory environment that fosters increased investment and sustainable development in the growing tourism sector.

Given the dynamic nature of the tax regime, the booklet will be subject to review based on legislative/parliamentary changes.
Both the GRA and GTA will be uploading electronic copies of the booklet on their websites shortly

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