Moves afoot to hire new GRA Commissioner General

Four months after firing Khurshid Sattaur from his post as Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue

Former GRA Commissioner General Khurshid Sattaur
Former GRA Commissioner General Khurshid Sattaur

Authority (GRA), the agency is looking for suitable applicants to fill the vacancy.
The GRA is also advertising for a new Deputy Commissioner General.
The applicants are required to have a comprehensive knowledge of the country’s tax system and familiarity with the Tax Laws, Regulations and Tax Treaties administered by the Revenue Authority, as well as the relationship of these legislative instruments with the various programmes governed by the GRA.
In an advertisement published in one of the daily newspapers, it was stated that applicants must possess a professional accounting/auditing designation and a Master’s Degree in Taxation, Business Administration, Economics, Information Technology or Law.
The GRA requires that applicants for the post of Commissioner General possess a minimum of 15 years’ experience in Tax and Customs Administration with a minimum of eight years at the executive level.
The closing date for submission of applications is May 3, 2016.
In January, Sattaur was given an unceremonious send-off from his post as Commissioner General of the GRA.
Sattaur was initially ordered on 200 days’ leave to facilitate an international forensic audit of the firm.
Reports indicate that the Commissioner General was expected to retire before the 200-day period was over.
Following his departure he was visited by junior members of the Revenue Authority, who took away his firearm and other items belonging to the State entity.
This move evoked public outcry, after which the Board clarified that it was only doing what was required by law.
In response to the decision to fire him, Sattaur said it was obvious through the many public pronouncements by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo that it would be uncomfortable for him to continue as the Head of the GRA under the new A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration.