Asking for relief
The letters are ready.
And former prime minister Owen Arthur has warned, any failings by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to be transparent and fair with those applying for relief from the municipal solid waste tax, would end up in the law courts.
“The minister [Sinckler] has excited a reasonable and legitimate expectation that if you can plead undue hardship, that he [Sinckler] is supposed to give relief – that’s the language of the law. The minister has a duty to act responsibly and if he doesn’t, the law is there,” Arthur told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday.
His comments followed confirmation that two letters were ready to be sent off on behalf of thousands of Barbadians to the Minister of Finance and the Revenue Commissioner of the Barbados Revenue Authority, seeking relief from the solid waste tax, the first payment of which is due by July 28.