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VAT Free Shopping Rules Update‏ - Sep 8, 2015 - 12:48:16 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -The Department of Inland Revenue reminds business owners that are eligible for the VAT Free Tourist shopping scheme that there are several goods that are not part of the scheme.

Those items can be found in the VAT Rule on VAT Free Shopping and include all goods that may be consumed prior to departure such as food, confectionary items and beverages, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, medicine and pharmaceutical products...
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Department of Inland Revenue Business License Payment Methods - Aug 27, 2015 - 3:45:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -The Department of Inland Revenue reminds the public that there are several ways to pay when applying for or renewing your business licence using the Online Tax Administration System (OTAS). The public needs to ensure that their payments are being made with respect to Business Licence and not Value Added Tax (VAT).

1. Via the Government of The Bahamas Online Tax Administration System

For convenience, your online tax account allows you to seamlessly file and pay business licence fees and VAT online any time. Log-in to your account and pay securely using your debit or credit card...
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Bahamas Tax Compliance Certificate to Be Introduced - Aug 12, 2015 - 4:24:38 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas  - The Department of Inland Revenue advises the public of the introduction of a new Tax Compliance Certificate. The Tax Compliance Certificate will be issued to taxpayers who are current with their tax obligations to the government. These obligations include filing tax returns and paying the assessed taxes.

Information about the Tax Compliance Certificate can be found in the Financial Administration and Audit (Amendment) Act 2015 Part IIB (of Section 19i)...
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Bahamas Department of Inland Revenue Introduces Business License Online Registration - Jul 26, 2015 - 5:28:38 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -The Department of Inland Revenue advises the public of the introduction of its new online application for Business Licence scheduled to go live on August 4th, 2015.

The Online Tax Administration System (OTAS) will provide businesses with a simple, user-friendly, online application and payment system. This is the same system currently being used for Value Added Tax (VAT)...
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VAT filing period for quarterly filers deadline approaching - Jul 21, 2015 - 10:38:37 AM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department reminds the public that the deadline is fast approaching for the second VAT filing period for quarterly filers.

The deadline for the quarterly filing period for small and medium businesses is July 28th, 2015 which means registrants should file and pay on or before that date.

For assistance with filing and payment, taxpayers can view two videos released by the VAT Department early this year: ‘How To File A VAT Return’ and ‘How To Make A VAT Payment’...
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New Tax Free Shopping Scheme Takes Effect for Bahamas Tourists in August - Jul 17, 2015 - 11:56:25 AM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department has announced that the VAT Free Shopping Scheme will take effect on August 15th, 2015. As a result, the VAT and Customs Departments are partnering with Global Blue, an international operator of tax refund systems, to introduce the automated rebate tracking system for The Bahamas. Merchants will continue to sell a wide range of products to tourists, net of VAT, and record this information in standard format that can be monitored electronically by the Customs Department.

With the introduction of the standardized electronic platform, the VAT Department is now opening up participation in the tax free or “VAT off” scheme to all qualifying businesses that sell qualifying goods...
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VAT Free Shopping Scheme Rules Released - Jul 15, 2015 - 11:04:36 AM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department has released the Draft VAT Rules as it relates to changes in the VAT Free Shopping scheme. The public is advised that the rules are to be read in conjunction with the VAT Act 2014 and Regulations 2014 and to provide feedback to the department if they deem necessary. The new rules are to take effect in mid-August.

The draft rules reflect the Comptroller’s position on the administration and enforcement of the law relating to VAT Free Shopping and are applicable to those VAT Registrants who are approved to conduct sales with tourists...
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Bahamas Department of Inland Revenue Moves to Carmichael Road - Jul 7, 2015 - 1:28:42 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas –The Ministry of Finance advises the public of the merger and new location of the Business Licence, Real Property, Excise Tax, First Home Owner Exemption and Value Added Tax Departments within the Department of Inland Revenue effective Monday, July 13th, 2015. This is the introduction of the establishment of the Central Revenue Administration (CRA).

As a result, Inland Revenue services – Business Licence and Real Property Tax – currently located at Charlotte House on Shirley Street will close on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to begin the moving process...
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First Bahamian Woman Elected ICAC President - Jul 6, 2015 - 10:49:47 PM

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Jasmine Y. Davis,ICAC President 2015-2016
The Institute of Charted Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Jasmine Davis has been elected as it new president for the period 2015-2016. Ms. Davis was elected on June 25th, 2015 at the ICAC’s 72nd Annual General Meeting held in Port of Spain,

Trinidad. She is the first Bahamian woman to hold the prestigious post with the only other Bahamian being Philip Galanis.

After Ms. Davis was elected, in her closing address at the AGM, she outlined several goals for the body to achieve including raising the profile of ICAC both regionally and internationally through “thought leadership”...
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VAT procedures update for leases or purchases of land - Jul 3, 2015 - 10:13:56 AM

The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act 2015 has made leases of land and purchases of land subject to the payment of Value Added Tax (VAT).

The Stamp (Amendment) Act 2015 has reduced the stamp duty payable on deeds of conveyance and assignments or transfers of realty to two and a half per cent of the amount of value of the consideration. In the case of leases, stamp duty is payable at the rate of two and a half per cent of the annual rent reserved.

All documents as listed above, are to be presented, on behalf of the VAT Comptroller, to the Department of Inland Revenue, Ground Floor, Charlotte House, Shirley and Charlotte Streets, for assessment and payment of VAT prior to being presented to the Treasury Department for payment of Stamp Duty...
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VAT Free Workshops for Small Businesses: Jul 13 - 24 - Jul 2, 2015 - 12:37:38 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department will be hosting another series of free workshops for small business owners from July 13th - 24th.

These workshops are geared towards assisting quarterly fillers with filing VAT returns and making payments and will focus on the cash rate and flat rate accounting schemes.Sessions will be held Mondays-Thursdays at the VAT Office in The Gladstone Road Freight Terminal located off Gladstone Road. There will be two sessions, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

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VAT Rules for Real Estate - Jul 1, 2015 - 10:40:32 AM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance has released the VAT Rules as it relates to Real Estate. The public is advised that the rules are to be read in conjunction with the VAT Act 2014 Act and Regulations 2014 and to provide feedback to the department if they deem necessary.

The rules reflect the Comptroller’s position on the administration and enforcement of the law relating to real estate.

The public is further advised that they can view the Real Estate Rules as well as other sector rules on the government’s website...
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Important points on revenue reform by Bahamas financial secretary John Rolle - Jun 30, 2015 - 6:30:40 PM

The public's attention is being drawn to several important revenue reforms approved by Parliament during the 2015/2016 Budget Debate. These mainly affect the revenue collections that fall under Ministry of Finance agencies and include Customs Duties and Excise Taxes, Stamp Taxes, Value Added Tax (VAT), Real Property Taxes and Business License. The legislative changes also affect procedures that government ministries, departments and public corporations must observe when they do business with the private sector...
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VAT Important Updates for Financial Services, Real Estate and Tourism - Jun 23, 2015 - 3:15:53 PM

VAT Department Preparing Revised Guides: Important Updates for Financial Services, Real Estate and Tourism


The Ministry of Finance and the VAT Department continue to incorporate private sector feedback into revision of the VAT guidance notes.  The notes foreshadow the administrative framework for the VAT.  “We want to ensure that the private sector receives ongoing clarity about the VAT framework. The next version of the sector specific guidance notes and the general VAT Guide will do this,” a spokesperson for the Ministry said.  “In addition we will introduce the first set of detailed guidance on pricing, accounting and record keeping.”  Amended VAT regulations are now ready for promulgation, once final sign off is received from the Cabinet.
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VAT Department encourages small businesses to use Flat Rate Scheme - Jun 16, 2015 - 1:35:24 PM

The Ministry of Finance’s Value Added Tax (VAT) Department encourages small business owners to use the Flat Rate Scheme when filing their returns.

The Flat Rate Scheme allows the taxpayer to calculate VAT at a rate of 4.5 per cent on their taxable turnover payable to the VAT Department each VAT period.

To qualify for the Flat Rate Scheme, the taxpayer must have an annual taxable turnover of $400,000 or less and keep the necessary...
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Bahamas VAT Calculator App Launched - Jun 12, 2015 - 10:27:14 AM

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The Ministry of Finance’s Value Added Tax (VAT) Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Bahamas VAT Calculator application for consumers with smartphones.

The app is free and can be found in the Google Play Store for Android users and in the App Store for Apple users.

The app allows consumers to calculate the proper VAT for purchases using the VAT calculator, add or remove VAT from a price using the VAT rate and call the VAT Hotline.

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Cheques not accepted for VAT payments - Jun 4, 2015 - 1:40:06 AM

The Ministry of Finance’s Value Added Tax (VAT) Department advises the public that personal and business cheques will not be accepted when making VAT payments.

The VAT Department further advises that only manager’s cheques will be accepted. VAT Registrants can also pay VAT using the Online Tax Administration System (OTAS), through online banking and over the counter at most banks.

Please note that walk-in or mail-in payments at the VAT Department will not be accepted. For more information on VAT payment...
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VAT Dept launching vigorous campaign to ensure that businesses are VAT compliant - May 22, 2015 - 9:29:37 AM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance advises the general public that department officials will be embarking on a vigorous campaign to ensure that businesses are VAT compliant.

Officers can be identified by their VAT identification badges, bearing their name, signature of Acting VAT Comptroller, John Rolle as well as a photo of the officer.

Issues such as VAT Inclusive pricing, prominent display of VAT and Business License Certificates, proper invoices and receipts among others will be some of the things VAT officers will be monitoring.
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VAT Notice Re: Deregistered or Cancelled Taxpayers - May 12, 2015 - 10:34:07 PM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department would like to advise taxpayers who have been de-registered or received approval to cancel VAT to remove their VAT certificates from their establishments.

Businesses that have been de-registered or approved for cancellation of VAT must cease to collect VAT. Those businesses where VAT has been collected must account for any VAT which should have been paid in the meantime.

Any taxpayer not in compliance with the law would be subject to a fine, imprisonment or both...

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VAT: Flat Rate Accounting Scheme Information - Apr 23, 2015 - 7:35:18 AM

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance wants to advise quarterly taxpayers wishing to be placed under the Flat Rate Accounting Scheme for the quarter ending March 31st.

In order to be approved for the Flat Rate Scheme you must:   have an annual taxable turnover of $400,000 or less;
apply the flat rate of VAT to your taxable turnover in order to calculate the amount ofVAT to be paid to the Comptroller, and keep the necessary documentation as outlined in the VAT Act to support your sales figures...


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