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‘Axe the tax’ no more than political ploy

Friday, September 13, 2013

The 'axing the tax' campaign was one of the political ploys that made a lot of waves in the general election of May, 2010. It seems set for the very same amount of political damage 2013 straight through to general election 2015, starting from september 9, 2013. It is only in T&T that the populace have been encouraged to believe that taxes on private property are not necessary to the fortunes of the nation.  



Property taxes are the bread and butter money that are now legally necessary to exist at a satisfactory level. Let’s face reality: the only people this side of the Atlantic who do not pay taxes, are living in the jungles of the Amazon in South America. Are those persons who own property willing to forage for food using bows and arrows?



 In other countries, property tax covers the retention of essential services personnel and infrastructure. Having not paid the dues for three years is typical of the collective madness we have been suffering under this People’s Partnership Government. Coupled with the other grossly mistaken idea that the removal of value added tax (VAT) was a smart move to gain political popularity, we now have to endure the reality of being slapped two times in the face.


But who am I, a person who never understood the reality that a line standing on another line is an Isoceles triangle, to 'run my mouth' on the Government? I got to Therom 22 without anybody realising that I was no friend of Theorem 1? 



The leaders of the Congress of the People stand ready to object any 'tax that resembles PNM tax.' They are ready to muddy the political waters swirling around their seating with the coalition.  Who is to tell them that this government has 'spent itself into a corner' without having been able to shake up the economy and provide new avenues for income?


 The burning question now is: 'Will the Congress of the People leave the Partnership if the Minister of Finance sets about not 'taking on anything that the COP has to say about taxing the electorate?' Ministers Winston Dookeran and Prakash Ramadhar must be careful not to send any further 'wrong signals' to the UNC-led Government.


 We all need to recognise that short of printing money, we have to do what the rest of the world takes for granted. Tax by any other name is still tax. The scenarios have shifted. What was alright for yesterday is not going to work today. 


 Lynette Joseph


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