6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 3, 2014


  1. Employment Tax Credit Takes Effect. Unregulated companies and self-employed individuals engaged in a trade, vocation or profession are now entitled to claim a non-refundable Employment Tax Credit (ETC) when computing their net income tax liability… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. ‘Nothing Spectacular About Portia’s $50 Million Travel Bill.’ Although the numbers appear to be abnormally high in some quarters, in the context of the stubborn financial crunch bedevilling the Government, many Jamaican taxpayers are of the view that there is nothing spectacular about Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s overseas travel costs… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Transparency Of Customs Appeals Process Questioned. The Auditor General’s Department (AGD) has blasted the appeals process used by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to hear complaints from importers, charging that it lacks transparency… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Government To Start Hunt For New Political Ombudsman Soon. The Portia Simpson Miller-led administration is not inclined to accept any proposal to dispense with the Office of the Political Ombudsman, despite vehement calls in the past from a controversial lawmaker for the office to be scrapped… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Climate Change And Gender Movement Gains Momentum. The move to increase women’s participation in the global effort to combat climate change gained impetus at the recent Warsaw Talks in Poland… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Seven Magical 2013 Memories. From January to September, Jamaican track and field athletes produced delightful performances. Even after drug news dampened the mood from June onward, there was still much to be proud of… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com