Inniss issues tax warning to sinckler ahead of budget

With Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler due to present the National Budget in less than a month’s time, a Government Minister is making it clear where he stands on the whole issue of increased taxes.

Stating that his constituents in St James South were already crying out for relief, Donville Inniss said: “I am not interested in any discussions about additional taxes, whatsoever”.

Minister of Industry Donville Inniss
St James South MP Donville Inniss

“My constituents, who are predominantly middle income [earners], continue to be under immense pressure and they blame it on Government and taxes,” the Minister of Commerce and Industry told Barbados TODAY.

He suggested strongly that the focus of the June 15 budget should not be on introducing any new taxes, but rather widening the current tax net as a means of raising more revenue.

“. . . so that my middle class constituents in particular have their burdens shared with a larger group in this society,” he reasoned.

“People keep talking about the poor man, the poor man, but when you are a middle income earner, you are paying what you are considering to be quite a bit of your income in taxes,” the outspoken Inniss pointed out.

“. . . . You see it going towards providing subsidized housing, free this and free that for other groups in society, [and] you can’t help but feel a little agitated and concerned.”

However, the St James South MP, who was speaking on the sidelines of a political meeting in his area on Sunday, said even though the majority of his constituents did not have a fundamental problem with paying taxes, “they were concerned about a deterioration in public services, and rightly so.

“These are matters that we as politicians can’t bury our heads in sand about. We have simply to engage. There is nothing to fear,” the Minister of Industry and Commerce said.

“I think Barbadians are smart, they are respectful, and they will engage you in a very constructive manner,” Inniss said.

However, he noted that while the country could not move away with taxes altogether, the Government had a responsibility to explain how taxpayers’ dollars were spent, and to ensure the provision of adequate social services.

“I think what we have to do as a State is to continue to enlighten people as to what it is costing to provide the services that the State is offering,” Inniss told Barbados TODAY so that there is a better understanding on that hand.

“If there is one failing of the Government, it is that we have not been very effective, consistent and persistent in our communication,” he admitted.

He also stressed that the Government must continue efforts to reduce its expenditure.

Next month’s presentation by Sinckler comes against the backdrop of a recently concluded International Monetary Fund Article 1V Consultation on the island.

At the end of the process, the IMF called on the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration to press ahead with needed economic reforms and to reduce its high public sector wage bill, which is said to be in the region of a billion Barbados dollars.

So far Sinckler has assured that Government would be sticking to its fiscal consolidation plan.

While not promising any ease in taxes in the upcoming Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, the Minister of Finance is yet to say definitively whether there would be any additional belt-tightening measures.

10 Responses to NO MORE, CHRIS!

  1. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post May 20, 2015 at 4:47 am

    I honestly feel that these ppl are idiots from another world, reading this i can’t help dat feel nobody in this govt either don’t or can’t think about anything about their own ambition or they feel everyone in Barbados stupid. …complaining bout each other& condemning one another actions in the papers but cursing anyone that ask or questions what they’re doing. …smdh

  2. Ralph White
    Ralph White May 20, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Finally a Minister speaking about no more taxes. I applaud his voice on the matter.

  3. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos May 20, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Good cop, bad cop games

  4. Tony Webster May 20, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Here we go again, wid de “Good cop, Bad cop” thing. This trite device is seemingly being resurrected from the days of black and white TV. Gives a clear indication of what regard some people have for the average Bajan’s intelligence.
    Careful doah…Colour TV kill B&W. De “Good guys”…always does win in de end.

  5. Alex Alleyne May 20, 2015 at 6:24 am

    This mean that he (INNISS) is expecting CHRIS to “soak” us with more TAXES ? .

  6. Sue Donym May 20, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Mr Inniss gets my support. Here is a politician doing what is required: stating his constituents’ concerns and he is attacked for playing games. Had he not spoken, they would all be accused of not being guided by empathy, humanity and good conscience.

  7. dave May 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Idiots voted this party to power in 2008 and again in 2013, They did not deserve to be voted into office in 2008 and they deserve it less in 2013. Barbados is full of idiots and half ‘o’ idiots doing folly. Elombe Mottley said so on a Call -in Show sometime last year. The DLP did not deserve to be returned to office in 2013. They did everything to be voted out of office but idiots and half o idiots voted them back in. Then you have those people in the churches getting their prayer warriors to pray on election night for the DLP to win and win they did. Be careful what you are ask for ! Now the same people who voted them back in saying that they aint voting for nobody again. How stupid can Barbadians be ? There is a certain something going around–its called “ignorance” This is one of the more unenlightened periods in the history of Barbados and to think that you have more people being exposed to secondary and tertiary education. Head aint Brain ! Common sense aint so common. Where Ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise !

  8. Meakai May 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

    @ dave May 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I endorse this comment.

    Imagine almost everybody and his cousin believe that this is the worst Government Barbados has every seen and yet these politicians are allowed to act with impunity by a complicit and supposedly educated populace.

    We apparently like um suh!

  9. Tony Waterman May 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    @Ralph White, Sue Donym!!!! it’s quite obvious that you all could be fooled by a new born baby. and Donville Inniss has just proven how good a Master he is at disguise. All he has done in this article is to absent himself from the increase in taxes in the upcoming Budget, and thrown Sinckler to the proverbial wolves.
    My suggestion to both you, is that you pay MORE attention to the guiding Book, and LESS to People like Donville Inniss. Whose only Myopic View is Becoming the Next Prime Minister (God Help us all) of Barbados.

    PLEASE READ your BiBle. Particularly ““ … Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing (Donville Inniss) but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Mathew 7:15

  10. Sanky May 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    So wait you telling me that as a member of Cabinet Donville has no idea as to whether there will be new taxes or not? Or are we all stupid.


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