Tag Archives: Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA

Guyana Bauxite Mining: Rusal tells GRA auditors: “leave or we leave”

GRA’s Godfrey Statia

The startling disclosure was made Friday by Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia during a press conference.

The Russian-controlled company is under fire, for the umpteenth time, for not only its labour practices but for taxes and other issues.

A few months ago, questions were raised over possible abuse of duty free concessions on fuel and dividends paid to the Government of Guyana.        Continue reading

Guyana: 20 arrested, trucks, vessel, smuggled alcohol seized in GRA raid

Guyana:  smuggled alcohol seized in GRA raid at Parika

What GRA seized on Friday

A major intelligence-driven operation has resulted in millions of dollars worth of liquor seized in a raid on Good Friday.

According to officials of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), yesterday, 20 persons were arrested in the exercise that took place in the vicinity of the Two Brothers gas wharf, Parika East Bank Essequibo.            Continue reading

Guyana: 1000 taxpayers under review for unexplained wealth – Tax Chief

March 19. 2018. – Kaieteur News By Kiana Wilburg

Godfrey Statia – GRA

Whether it is a politician or a businessman with the world of clout, nothing will stand in the way of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in going ahead with its audits on taxpayers who appear to have unexplained wealth.

In fact, Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia was able to confirm that there are at least, 1000 taxpayers under review.   Continue reading

80 Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) staffers fired last year in corruption clean-up

Guyana: Failure to activate all IT modules aided rampant corruption, billion$ lost – GRA boss

For over ten years, officials within the Ministry of Finance had failed to implement crucial elements /modules of a computerized accounting system from Canada. This programme was intended to ensure accountability for how taxpayers’ money is budgeted and spent by the government.
It appears, however, that the Ministry of Finance was not the only agency that neglected its duty in this regard.

In fact, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) failed to implement critical parts of an Information Technology (IT) system for almost a decade. The consequences of the entity’s actions in this regard only contributed to billions in revenue leakages and rampant corruption.  

New Controls Being Implemented.   Continue reading

Guyana: One in every five remigrants is bogus – Tax boss

There are major problems facing the country’s Remigrant Scheme, offered to overseas Guyanese who want to return home to invest and live here. Almost one-fifth of them are deliberately selling their multimillion-dollar vehicles under

GRA’s chief, Godfrey Statia

questionable arrangements, while almost a similar number are failing to live up to the conditions under which they were granted the exemption, in the first place.

Speaking on a number of issues that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is working on to close the loopholes, Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia last week disclosed that an assessment has found some troubling things.   Continue reading

End of a 10-year-old racket … GRA begins registration of all heavy duty vehicles, equipment

End of a 10-year-old racket … GRA begins registration of all heavy duty vehicles, equipment

Commissioner General, GRA Godfrey Statia

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has commenced an exercise this week which is geared towards ensuring the registration of all heavy duty vehicles and equipment that were imported and are in use.

The revenue-collecting body made this statement yesterday in an advertisement that was published in the Kaieteur News.
The Authority outlined in the ad that these heavy duty equipment and vehicles include backhoes, bulldozers, combines, compactors and cranes.   Continue reading

BaiShanLin asks UN boss to “remind” Guyana of treaty obligations + The truth about BaiShanLin

BaiShanLin asks UN boss to “remind” Guyana of treaty obligations

 – demands GRA return its vehicles in seven days
– wants diplomatic solution
– claims actions have implications for all investors

[May 18, 2016 – By KNEWS]   The seizure of two high-end vehicles last month from a Chinese company for outstanding taxes by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is threatening to become a diplomatic issue.
This week, law firm, Satram and Satram, representing BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc., wrote the Commissioner-General of GRA demanding that the two vehicles, a Lexus SUV and Nissan van, be released within seven days.

The lawyer insisted that the seizures triggered a dispute between the company and the Government of Guyana and is contrary to the agreement between China and Guyana, signed on the 27th day of March 2003, that dealt with the promotion and protection of investments between the two countries.

Also written to over the seizures are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, and Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-MoonContinue reading

Harmon hides behind GINA on BK Tiwari issue

Harmon hides behind GINA on BK Tiwari issue

Despite widespread criticism about the now revoked appointment of prominent Guyanese businessman, Brian “BK” Tiwari as a ministerial business adviser, Minister of State Joseph Harmon broke his promise to hold a news conference on Friday to deal with the issue.

Instead, Harmon spoke with the state-owned Government Information Agency (GINA) which issued a release and made no reference of the Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Larry London and Tiwari being on the visit to China  with Harmon at the same time.

Harmon Thursday morning promised  faithfully that he would have fully briefed the media on the issue on Friday (April 1, 2016).    Continue reading

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