The Guyana Revenue Authority is warning citizens to be on the look out for a group of persons going around the country pretending to be GRA customs officers and demanding on the spot payment for alleged breaches.
The revenue collection agency says it has received a number of reports from taxpayers within Regions 3, 4, 5 and 6, that a group of persons are visiting the areas posing as GRA and Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) Officials.
The reports have indicated that while purporting to be conducting an official exercise comprising the counting of heads of cattle and number of pets owned by farmers and pet lovers, the group then demands an amount of $2,000 Value-Added-Tax (VAT) for each.
The GRA said it “wishes to alert taxpayers and to inform them that the Agency presently has no such exercise in place and Anyone who encounters these individuals are advised to request proof of identification since all staff of the GRA are required to carry identification during the course of their duties. Additionally, it should be noted that Officers of the GRA are not authorized to collect monies from taxpayers since all payments of monies should be effected at GRA’s Regional offices or its Headquarters.”