On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the Falmouth Tax Office was finally open to the public.
From way back in April 2016, government allocated the first $96.6 million towards the construction of the building at the new location. However, a series of setbacks saw the construction drag on and on.
In January this year the completion was delayed as the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) refused to accept the building with what it called flaws. Around that time, comprehensive work was being done to ensure the TAJ building will have its own sewage system.
Fast forward to Tuesday and the building is now ready. It is now the permanent home of the tax office, having been previously housed in temporary facilities at 1 Tharpe Street, Seaboard Street, Hampden Wharf and King Street.
From The Gleaner:
“Our new office will increase in, a significant way, the way we serve our clients,” said Meris Haughton, communications manager at TAJ. “Today our new automated queue management system is being rolled out. The Falmouth office is the first of our 29 locations in Jamaica to have this system.”
Haughton noted that the 4,000-square foot, two-storey building will be offering a suite of e-services, which should significantly improve the quality of service to customers.
“We will be pushing this aspect so clients can stay at their offices and homes to conduct business with us. These include certificates of fitness, applications for Tax Compliance Certificates, taxpayer registration numbers, and in other tax matters,” said Haughton. Source.
Located on Cornwall Street, at the corner of Peel Street (on the former Conquerors Club House property), the building was built in the Georgian architectural style to conform to the general building style that historic Falmouth is reknown for.
For the record, Hussein Anthony Reid was the first customer to show up when the offices opened on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.