BRA could face lawsuit
THE BARBADOS REVENUE Authority (BRA) may be sued and is being accused of “bullying” by not issuing land tax certificates to landowners unless they pay the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax.
The Bar Association, the local lawyers’ umbrella body, today stated that it had received reports from its members that the BRA had taken a decision that certificates verifying the payment of land tax would only issued when the solid waste tax is paid in full.
The association also said it had reviewed the Land Tax and Municipal Solid Waste Tax acts, as well as subsidiary legislation under both acts, and could find “no legal connection between the two separate taxes”.
The lawyers also threatened to file a high court application against the BRA declaring that the withholding of land tax certificates for any reason other than non-payment of land tax was “ultra vires”.
In supporting the Bar Association, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) emphasised that the solid waste tax act did not give the BRA the legal power not to issue land tax certificates, and called on Government to repeal the new tax act.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley described the BRA’s policy as “bullying”, while Member of Parliament Edmund Hinkson promised that the BRA would face a lawsuit “very shortly”. (RJ)