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The individual income tax is one of Jamaica's most productive sources of government revenue, and certainly its most visible. Before reform, both the structure and the administration of the tax were badly flawed. As a result, the tax produced less revenue than it might have, was unfair in its distribution of tax burdens, and created severe disincentives for private sector economic growth. The material presented in the chapter provided the background data on which the 1986 reform was built.


(c) 1991 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. From Bahl, Roy W, ed. The Jamaican Tax Reform. Edited by Roy Bahl. Cambridge, Mass.: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 1991.

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