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BRA going after tax defaulters

Government’s revenue collection agency has had it with persons and companies who do not pay their taxes, and is preparing to take legal action against them.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler said the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) has been having “a fight” on it hands getting corporations to pay their “fair share” of taxes.

Sinckler said the tax agency had been “clamping down” on the defaulters but hinted that it needed to do more.

He said his ministry and the BRA were due to discuss the matter, following which a decision would be made on whether the state agency would take it a step further and “actually [be] pursing legal options to deal with this matter”.

“Every time we try to do something somebody say it is unconstitutional . . . my view is that we should test them because the only body who can determine the constitutionality of any measure is the court. But be that as it may, the BRA has been dealing with the matter, they have been really clamping down on a lot of lax practices that have developed in Barbados in relation to people paying taxes,” said Sinckler.

The minister told journalists on the sidelines of yesterday’s launch of Scotiabank’s 60th anniversary celebrations that people who were critical of Government for being late on payments of tax refunds must understand that those refunds were only paid when there was money coming into the Treasury.

“Everybody wants back their tax return, everybody wants the economy to have a lot of money in terms of revenue to do all the things we need to do and that is okay. However, we also have to know that if people do not pay their taxes then you are going to have challenges.

“We don’t want people to have to pay more than they should but we want them to pay their fair share. And if everybody pays their fair share the rates can go down because we have enough going on in Barbados. We have a big enough economy. I believe that once the tax administration in right and the compliance rate is high enough we should be able to raise enough revenue to do the things that we need to do. Basically that is just how it is,” he said.

He could not immediately say how much was owned to the BRA in unpaid taxes or how many people owed the tax collection agency.

However, Sinckler said the agency had paid out a total of about $170 million in refunds between April last year and February this year for income year 2014, the majority of which were income tax refunds. (MM)

15 Responses to BRA going after tax defaulters

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 22, 2016 at 4:43 am

    ” Everybody wants back their tax return” Correct! So hurry up and issue the refunds and stop fulling up your stomach with air.

  2. ch April 22, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Tell BRA to get its IT system correct and stop posting
    ” delinquent ” status for persons who paid their taxes every year. I don’t care for the weak explanation that the online system started after a certain point and cannot reflect earlier years. That is unacceptable! Get your house in order with correct information.

  3. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine April 22, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Awesome news!

  4. Ann Aquarius
    Ann Aquarius April 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

    One word >>>overdued<<<

  5. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson April 22, 2016 at 5:48 am

    If you cant get it right how can people pay get it right and they will pay

  6. BaJan boy.. April 22, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Sad the citizenry cannot put the Government in court for what they are owed as well. The Minister should call the police for his colleagues who are driving the BMW and Audi half million dollar jeeps. Sure he knows where the money has come from but it’s not important to him…

  7. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd April 22, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Sir Tax Alot

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria April 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      It’s “pinpoint” so that meme doesn’t make a lick of sense.

  8. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown April 22, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I like this news

  9. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe April 22, 2016 at 6:50 am

    First person to charge is you that wouldn’t pay ppl them tax return

  10. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 22, 2016 at 7:07 am

    BRA need to get organized properly.

  11. Green Giant April 22, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I’m tired of the often times politically motivated comments from my fellow citizens.

    Let’s get to the facts of this matter. All governments over the years has been tardy with revenue collection systems. Causing us working class people to carry the country on our backs. This imperfect administration is saying, ” let’s establish an efficient method of accurate tax collections, so we can collect timely and pay timely”. How can we, the government or anyone pay their creditors on time if their collection are not timely?

    Tax reductions will be in line for the working class once there is an efficient collection. Most self employed professionals (of all races) don’t want the BRA because we know what will be the long term effects on our cash in hand earnings.

  12. Ras Small
    Ras Small April 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Go after D’s government and big businesses! Da owe ppl!

  13. andy April 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

    way to go sir. government cannot continue to pay out ,when nothing is coming in.

  14. Watchman April 22, 2016 at 9:19 am

    @ Green Giant, such as those who collect but do not remit VAT.


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