Income Tax

Making Tax Assessment Queries

Income Tax

Making Tax Assessment Queries 

Any taxpayer who is in disagreement with their tax assessment has the right to object in writing within fifteen days of receipt of his or her assessment, clearly stating the grounds for objection.  

How do I challenge my Tax Assessment?

If you are dissatisfied with your tax assessment from the Inland Revenue Division, you can lodge an objection with the Inland Revenue Division, requesting that the assessment be revised.  This may be done by addressing a letter to the Objections Section of the Inland Revenue Division at the address below.  The letter should include your BIR File Number, the income year and details of the reasons for your objection.  You can also use the official “Request for Objection/Revision of Assessment” Form.  This form is available from the Objections Section of the Inland Revenue Division or you can download a copy using the link at the end of this section.  Please note that the letter or the form must be attached to all documents supporting the claims in the original tax return. 


What happens next?

The Objection Section will reassess your tax return based on the information you provide.  You will receive a letter documenting the findings of the review and a new Tax Assessment.  The Tax Assessment will include either a cheque if you are entitled to a refund or a payment notice if the review finds that you owe more taxes than you originally paid.  The Objection Section has up to two years to respond to an objection under current legislation.  If you disagree with the investigation and revised Tax Assessment, you can seek further redress by filing an objection to the Tax Appeal Court through an attorney.  Your attorney can tell you how this process works and what it will cost.


Where should I go to object to my tax assessment?

You must visit the Objection Section office to file an objection.

Objection Section
Inland Revenue Division
5th Floor, Trinidad House
St. Vincent Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 623-1211-4
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

If you are dissatisfied with the re-assessment you receive after making an objection, you can appeal to the Tax Appeal Court:

Tax Appeal Court
A.S. Bryden Building
Independence Square
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 623-1330
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

Are there any fees?

Querying or objecting to tax assessments and requesting a revised tax assessment is free of charge at the Objection Section of the Inland Revenue Division.  When appealing to the Tax Appeal Court, the charges vary depending on the attorney that you use.

Where can I find more information?

For further information on objecting to your tax assessment, follow the link below or visit the Objections Section:

Objection Section
Inland Revenue Division
5th Floor, Trinidad House
St. Vincent Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 623-1211-4

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

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