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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019. 3:56 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Prime Minister Dean Barrow and country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers signed a loan agreement today in the amount of US$14 million to strengthen tax administration in Belize.

The Government says that this project will strengthen tax administration governance, improve operational processes through the modernization of technological infrastructure with the aim of maximizing government revenue generating potential. 

According to the Government, this financing will support Belize in its ongoing efforts to modernize, restructure and integrate its Tax Administration.

The project will implement a new business model through a series of integrated processes and services for the taxpayers.

 It will provide for a complete modernization of its technological infrastructure that will support newer technologies and methods to improve tax collection and provide assistance to taxpayers.

When implemented, it will increase tax revenue and reduce evasion not only by improving the efficiency of the technical assistance, but also making it easier for the taxpayers to comply.

It will also have a positive impact on economic growth and development and provide the authorities with better and more complete tax data for decision-making.

The first steps have already been taken, with the amalgamation of the Income Tax Department and Department of General Sales Tax into the newly formed Belize Tax Service Department — a department under the Ministry of Finance.

Strengthening Tax Administration is a project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank and executed by the Ministry of Finance over a five-year period.

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