Caribbean students urged to participate in essay competition

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Caribbean students urged to participate in essay competition

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 9, CMC – Caribbean secondary school students are being invited to participate in an essay competition aimed at stimulating a broad interest in taxation matters and ideas to digitally transform the taxpayer experience.

The Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) said the topic for the essay competition is “Digitalization – Moving Today’s Tax Administration Beyond the Twenty-First Century,” and is geared at students between the ages of 14 and 16 years.

COTA said that participating tax administrations include The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

“The competition is aimed at stimulating broad interest in taxation matters and ideas to digitally transform the taxpayer experience. It seeks to encourage youth to become knowledgeable about the tax administration function as potential taxpayers and decision-makers in the private and public spheres, as well as engender an interest in this field as a career choice.”

COTA said that prizes, ranging from US$1,000 and a trophy to US$500, will be awarded to the three students who have submitted the best essays at the regional level, as well as to the schools which the winners attend.

The closing date for the submission of entries to the national tax administration agencies is April 18, 2019. The winners will be announced at the COTA 25th General Assembly and Technical Conference scheduled to be held in Turks and Caicos Islands in July 2019.

The aim of COTA is to foster collaboration and experience-sharing among tax administrations in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) towards efficient and enhanced revenue generation for national development.

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