Land tax bills issued
The Barbados Revenue Authority has issued the land tax bills for the financial year 2017-2018.
Acting director of Shared Services Sonia Jones explained that this year, property owners will be receiving a new look mailer which combines the Property Valuation Notice and Land Tax Bill.
“This new mailer looks a bit different, however, it features the combined information for both of the previous documents,” she noted.
“The front of the mailer contains details pertinent to the valuation inclusive of the owner information, details on the property which was valued and the improved values of the property, as well as billing information relating to that property such as the tax due, the discounted amounts and the discount deadline dates. The back of the mailer contains objection and payment information.”
Pointing out that there are four grounds for objection, Jones stressed that if a taxpayer was not in agreement with any of the details listed on the mailer, they should contact the Authority as soon as possible.
“All objections must be made in writing to the Revenue Commissioner within 30 days of the issue notice and those taxpayers who have objections will be entitled to their discounts,” she said.
“The areas for objection relate to the values shown being either too high or too low; the person named in the mailer is not the owner of the land; the land which had been valued separately should have been incorporated with other lands or the land which had been incorporated with other lands should have been valued separately.”
The issue date for this year’s bill is September 25, 2017. This means that taxpayers will benefit from a ten per cent discount if payment is made in full within 30 days of the issue date of the bill.
Payments can be made at the Authority’s Treasury Building, Weymouth Corporate Centre, Warrens Tower II, Oistins and Holetown locations. Cashier hours for the Treasury Building and Holetown are Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the other locations are 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.