[Guyana] GRA wipes out VAT for air travel to 54 interior locations

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[Guyana] GRA wipes out VAT for air travel to 54 interior locations

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[Guyana] GRA wipes out VAT for air travel to 54 interior locations
Aug 5, 2019

Following an agreement between the Government of Guyana and Air Services Limited, the Guyana Revenue Authority wishes to advise air service operators that NO VAT shall be charged on airfares to transport passengers or goods to/from airstrips listed below:

Pursuant to the Agreement, VAT is also EXEMPT from airfares to transport passengers or goods to ANY OTHER rural airstrip, provided that satisfactory evidence is submitted to the company that the passenger is living in the rural area.

NO. Airstrip Code Region
1 Achiwib ACB 9
2 Aishalton AIS 9
3 Annai ANA 9
4 Apoteri APO 9
5 Arau ARA 7
6 Awaruwaunawa AWA 9
7 Ayanganna New AYN 8
8 Baramita BTA 1
9 Bashaidrum SYUM 9
10 Bemichi BHC 2
11 Chenpau CNP 8
12 Chi Chi West CHW 7
13 Chinaweing CWE 7
14 Chiung Mouth CHU 8
15 Dadanawa DAD 9
16 Eagles Mare EGM 8
17 El Dorado ELD 8
18 Good Hope GHP 4
19 Gunns GUN 9
20 Imbaimadai IMB 7
21 Iwokrama IWO 9
22 Kaikan KKN 7
23 Kamana KMA 8
24 Kamarang KAM 7
25 Kanapang KAN 8
26 Karanambo (I) KBI 9
27 Karanambo (O) KBO 9
28 Karasabai KBF 9
29 Kato KTO 8
30 Kurukubaru KKU 8
31 Lumid Pau LPU 9
32 Maikwak MWK 8
33 Maruwanawa MWA 9
34 Monkey Moumtain MMT 8
35 Mountain Point MPT 9
36 Muruwa MUR 8
37 Orinduik ODK 8
38 Parabara PBA 9
39 Paramakatoi PMT 8
40 Paruima PRA 7
41 Phillipai PHI 7
42 Pirara PIR 9
43 Sand Creek SCK 9
44 Santa Cruz N/A 9
45 Shea SHE 9
46 Surama SUR 9
47 Taruka TAR 8
48 Tusenen TUS 8
49 Uewang UWG 8
50 Wakadanawa WDA 9
51 Waramadog WAR 7
52 Wichabai WCH 9
53 Yoroungparu YOR 1
54 Kopinang KOP 8

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Re: [Guyana] GRA wipes out VAT for air travel to 54 interior locations

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Aug 08, 2019

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GRA clarifies tax exempt status for interior airstrips
Aug 08, 2019

The Guyana Revenue Authority has hit back at misinformation being peddled on social media and by certain media houses about VAT (Value Added Tax) exemptions for some airstrips located in the Interior.

In a statement yesterday, the authority noted that it has granted VAT exemption to 53 interior airstrips since 2017, and not August 2019.

Fifty-three airstrips had gotten exemptions, effective February 1, 2017. But from August 2, 2019, after representations were made, the Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, utilised the powers vested in him under Schedule II – 13 (c) for the purpose of Section 18 of the VAT Act, and in so doing, exempted travel to the airstrip of Kopinang, the now 54th airstrip to which that privilege is airstrip is attached.

Pursuant to those, VAT is exempted from airfares to transport passengers or goods to and from any of the airstrips, provided that satisfactory evidence is submitted to the airline that the passenger is resident in the rural area.

It also went on to note that the authority can’t simply discontinue a tax or re-introduce a new one without the necessary legislative changes. The work of the body, it states, is to administrate the tax laws in a fair and consistent manner.

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