GRA gets new Commissioner General

The Board of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Monday confirmed that Public Accountant and Attorney-at-Law Godfrey Statia was the new Commissioner General of the tax body.

Chairman of the Board, Rawle Lucas, who was at the time in a meeting with Board members, told Guyana Times on Monday afternoon that the Board had decided on the appointment.

Lucas replaces longstanding Commissioner Khurshid Sattaur, who was sacked from the position in January this year. Following Sattaur’s dismissal, the post was held by Ingrid Griffith, who acted in that capacity up until June, when she went on leave.

Statia was said to have been the most suitable candidate from a line-up of shortlisted applicants.

Statia is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist specialising in individual and small business accounting, taxation and financial planning. He also provided valuation and forensic accounting services for select clients.

He is a member of both the Florida and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School, University of the West Indies, and practises law in Guyana and the Caribbean. He is a one-time Deputy Head of the Inland Revenue Department, which was combined with the Customs and Excise Department to form the GRA.