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Alyssa Tops in Tax Essay Competition

Prize Giving for Essay Competition

09/12/2019 01:34 PM
Barbados Revenue Authority Press Releases


Alyssa Blades, a fourth year student of Queens College, copped the $1500 first prize for the local leg of the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) Essay Competition. The first phase of the competition is facilitated through the BRA, under this year’s theme “Digitalization- Moving Today’s Tax Administration beyond the Twenty-First Century”. As a result of her achievement, Alyssa’s school received a prize of $1000 and a plaque commemorating the win.

Second place went to Jamal Moseley, a student of the Deighton Griffith Secondary School, who received a cheque for $1000.

Wayne Forde, Revenue Commissioner, Barbados Revenue Authority congratulated the two students on their achievement.

“Today I am honoured to acknowledge the achievements of these two students. I would like to thank them for their submissions in the midst of their studies. Both entries were well thought through, so kudos to you,” he said.

“Your entries were submitted to COTA to compete against the winning entries from the eleven other CARICOM Member States and we will issue these results shortly.”

Forde explained that the essay competition formed part of the Authority’s taxpayer outreach programme in the secondary schools.

“As a tax administration, the thrust for the Authority is in promoting voluntary tax compliance. We have been taking a more customer-focused approach to helping taxpayers become tax compliant and one of the areas we are trying to enhance is taxpayer outreach,” he said.

“One aspect of the outreach programme looks at future taxpayers, so we have started a tax education initiative in the secondary schools. We are seeking to help students become knowledgeable about the tax administration’s function, as the future taxpayers and decision-makers in the private and public sector. I would also like to encourage both schools to participate in the Authority’s education outreach efforts and urge more schools to come on board with the programme.”