COTA launches fifth Essay Competition

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) launched its Fifth Essay Competition for secondary school students on 3 April, 2017.

The topic for the Competition is - 'If I were the Head of my country's Tax Administration, what would I do to increase tax revenues to fund the Government's development programmes?'

This year's competition targets students between the ages of 14 and 15 from all Members of COTA. Participating tax administrations include The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Turks and Caicos Islands. The competition is aimed at stimulating broad interest in taxation matters. 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.

Prizes will be awarded to the three (3) students who have submitted the best essays at the regional level as well as to the schools which the winners attend. This year the prizes are: First Prize - US$1,000 and a Trophy, Second Prize - US$700 and Third Prize - US$500.

The closing date for the submission of entries to the national Tax Administration Agencies is 15 May, 2017, and the winners will be announced at the COTA's Twenty-Fourth General Assembly and Technical Conference scheduled to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis in July, 2017.

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. Tax administrations in all CARICOM Member States and Associate Members are members of COTA.

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