?SPOUTING STRONG LANGUAGE and threats at Government and the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), agencies from the legal, business, farming and tourism arenas added their voices to those blasting the municipal solid waste tax yesterday.
The Barbados Bar Association, local lawyers’ umbrella body, threatened to sue the BRA and gave it up to July 28 to respond to a charge by its members that the authority would not issue land tax certificates unless the solid waste tax was paid in full.
“Should we not hear from you by July 28, 2014, the Barbados Bar Association, as an interested property owner itself, is prepared to apply to the High Court for a declaration that the withholding of land tax certificates for any reason other than non-payment of land tax under the Land Tax Act is ultra vires,” the association stated in a letter to the BRA chairman.
Adding that it had received reports that attorneys had been informally notified of a policy decision by the BRA to withhold land tax certificates, the Bar Association said it could find no legal connection between the two separate taxes.
In a hastily called press conference, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) supported the Bar Association and stressed that the BRA could not act on its own whim and fancy, and that the new tax was “not a lien or encumbrance” on any property.