January 18, 2018 10:30 AM
Preliminary figures show that Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has collected approximately $256m in traffic fines at the end of the second Traffic Ticket Amnesty, which ran November 27, 2017 to January 13, 2018. A breakdown of the figures suggests that $233M relates to outstanding tickets covered by the amnesty, while of the approximately 127,000 transactions 98,814 are related to the amnesty.
TAJ saw a significant increase in customer traffic at Tax Offices islandwide, as well as on its online payment facility on the last two days of the amnesty, with over $103M collected. Of note was that the “Virtual” Tax Office or online payment platform ranked as the top collection point, collecting $20M on the final two days.
The tax authority operated several tax offices on Saturday January 13, giving taxpayers a final opportunity to benefit from the last day of the Traffic Ticket Amnesty.
Motorists are reminded that since the ending of the Traffic Ticket Amnesty on January 13, the system used in the collection of traffic ticket fines has reverted to its original state. Therefore all tickets not paid within twenty-one (21) days of being issued are no longer payable at any Tax Office or through the online system, as prescribed by law. All outstanding tickets will now have to be dealt with through the Courts.