Friday, January 19, 2018

TTMA concerned over industrial action at BIR

 The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) says it is alarmed at the ongoing industrial action at the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) due to occupational health and safety concerns of workers. 

A statement from the Tax Relations Section of the BIR on Monday advised “that due to the industrial action at the division there is no cashiering service in Port of Spain”, the TTMA noted in its own statement yesterday.

 “The TTMA is disturbed that the industrial action has led to the closure of the cashiering service at Port of Spain and urges the Ministry of Finance and the Economy, the BIR and the Public Service Association (PSA) to resolve this matter urgently.”

The manufacturers noted that taxpayers were being advised that only cheque payments will be accepted at a drop-off box at the BIR.

 “The security and reliability of using such a framework may prove to be problematic and the Association recommends that the Ministry of Finance institute the prerequisite measures that will allow for reliability, security and efficiency in this temporary system,” the TTMA said, adding: “The TTMA urges the resolution of this matter at once to ensure efficiency in the transaction of business operations.”