The government has not worked out all of the details of its planned revenue court, according to Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, but she stressed that the new system will be implemented next year to enforce value-added tax (VAT) collection and other outstanding government revenue.
The court is intended to fast-track prosecutions for tax evasion.
told The Nassau Guardian that the new court would likely be a part of the magistrates court system and that police prosecutors are expected to try the matters.
could not say if more judges will be hired to sit in the revenue court or if additional facilities will be needed.
"At the end of the day there will be courts in place to ensure that we collect taxes from those who have in the past been avoiding payment," she
"So that means for existing taxes or any [new ones] including VAT that may come on stream.
"I think for sure we will see it in place next year and I think Bahamians want to see it happen."
Last month, Maynard-Gibson
said the government is working to ensure that 10 criminal courts are running simultaneously by January to help reduce the backlog of cases.
When asked if new judges would be hired for the tax court or if more facilities are needed for the system, she
said in a more recent interview, "I can't say yes or no.
believes the Office of the Attorney General can handle the load of the proposed court.
"I don't see it as a strain," she
stressed that tax reform is needed to boost the government's revenue.
"I believe that all Bahamians recognize that our economy needs fixing," she