‘A BAD TAX’
?WAR HAS BEEN declared on the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.
?Yesterday, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) declared the tax must be repealed because it is “a bad tax, it is ill-conceived, disproportionate and excessive”.
And it has endorsed the proposal of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur to assist constituents with letters on the basis of inability to pay. That idea involves seeking exemption from paying the tax in writing from the Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler as outlined in the legislation if people are facing undue hardship.
BLP leader Mia Mottley said the party expected thousands will not pay the new tax – which charges land owners a rate of 0.3 per cent on the site value payable by those with an improved value on their land (that is, house or buildings on the land) – either because they cannot pay or will not pay.
“The Government cannot prosecute 5 000, 10 000, 20 000 people without collapsing the Court system . . . . Or, if people cannot pay, is the Government going to prosecute them?” she asked.
“The danger here is that a significant level of non-compliance impugns the integrity of the revenue measures and undermines the rule of law,” she added.
??Speaking at BLP headquarters in Roebuck Street, The City, after a parliamentary group meeting, Mottley charged that Government had only extended the deadline orally, but the actual law to make this happen could not be amended without going back to Parliament.