No more excuses

Sinckler says dont blame BRA for system breakdowns

Stop making excuses and put the necessary systems in place!

This stern advice today from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to the Ministry and Transport and Works in light of a series of systems failures and equipment breakdowns that have plagued the Licensing Authority in recent months.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

The situation has negatively impacted the renewal of  drivers’ licences, leaving some motorists complaining that they had been reported by police.

However, speaking to journalists this morning on the sidelines of the third Sub-Regional Caribbean Public Procurement Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Sinckler pointed out that the necessary provisions had been made in this year’s Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for 2016/2017 for the purchase of equipment by the Licensing Authority to allow it to effectively carry out its duties.

While suggesting that it would be wrong to blame the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) for the systems failures, Sinckler, who has ministerial responsibility for BRA and by the extension the Licensing Authority, which falls under the BRA umbrella, said: “We just have to stop making excuses for these things. Get the machines [and] get them in place. If there are not enough cashiers, get the cashiers and get the system working.”

The Minister of Finance further pointed out that BRA’s primary mandate was the collection of Government revenues, adding, “the entire process of having a licence, getting it printed and so on is a function of the Ministry of Transport and Works.

“So people have been incorrectly blaming the Barbados Revenue Authority for some of those challenges. Now if you say we don’t have enough cashiers and there is a back up at the cashier point, now that is a BRA problem and that would have to be addressed,” he said, while noting that the buildings in which Licensing Authority currently operates belong to the Ministry of Transport and Works.

“We are not passing the buck in that particular regard because it is all one Government; so therefore they should all function properly. [However], if the machines have broken down, and my understanding is that there have been challenges with machines, in the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for 2016/2017, provision has been made for the procurement of machines. [Therefore], the relevant people should procure the machines and get them in place,” he stressed.

At the same time, Sinckler said Government continued to work towards the implementation of an online platform, which would be able to accommodate all revenue collection agencies.

“So the idea is to get a common platform where all of them can operate across one tax system, and you have one taxpayer ID, one licence and so forth and so on. They are working on that, and CAF [Development Bank of Latin America] is here this week with a mission team because they are providing some grant and loan financing for the purchase of a complete system. So we are hoping we can have all of that in place before the end of the year, as far as that is concerned,” he disclosed.

In relation to agency accepting credit card payments when the new system is implemented, Sinckler said Government was working with the commercial banks to ensure it was not a “a financial burden”, since having thousands of people paying via that method could result in higher credit card fees.

“In fact, earlier this year I was forced to take a supplementary to Parliament . . . the total of the supplementary was $17 million, but the significant part of that was to pay for the payments associated with credit card transactions that are not from Government credit cards but from the credit card transactions for the payment of taxes to Government, and that was over and above what we had already provisioned in the Estimates for 2015/2016. So it is convenient and efficient, but not inexpensive,” Sinckler added. marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

5 Responses to No more excuses

  1. dave June 14, 2016 at 5:41 am

    No more excuses and blaming others for your failings either. You and this DLP Government had two terms to fix what you said needed fixing and you all like now are still scrambling. The DLP must not get a third term- the DLP does not deserve a third term. When Owen Seymour Arthur and the BLP took Office in 1994 , Barbados was in a totally worst state than when you and the DLP took Office in 2008. In less than two terms , the BLP and Owen had Barbados booming and that is why they were able to secure a third term. I do not care what they say , the DLP must not gert a third term. Dems Now ; Dems Never -Again- the Worst !!!

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  2. dave June 14, 2016 at 6:03 am

    This Party will leave Government and not get the BRA FIXED. Start wrong ; you end wrong. The person selected to oversee the process seemed to have believed that they were God Almighty or in fact the Devil. They treated people such as the former Commissioner of Inland Revenue , who is still at home and not at work but drawing a monthly salary, with scant respect and total dis-respect. These people do not care who they destroy when it comes to furthering their selfish ambitions and because most of them went to University , where a lot of them got others to work for them in doing their degrees, and because they have ‘ qualifications’, they make big noises for positions but are not interested in the work and do not have a clue how to improve anything but their bank accounts at the expense of the tax- payer. They keep nuff noises about how –‘ Oh I have my degree yuh know” and with that they cause a lot of confusion and stress and no improvement because they do not have a single creative bone in their bodies and the only thing they create is confusion and stress, do not solve any problem , strive on gossip and name talking, kissing rear ends and sucking up to he who seems to have the power telling him what he wants to hear , talking loud and boisterous but saying nothing and not solving any problem only creating bigger problems and retarding progres. That is how the BRA has gotten Barbados in the mess it is in. Sinckler should resign and take the other un-named clown with him. They destroyed Inland Revenue, messed up the system and now getting back Income Tax is a Big messy problem. Inland Revenue used to handle this situation properly because they had people who knew what they were doing. You push the Commissioner of inland Revenue one side for a clown and all like now cannot get anything fixed. But you know what if the Government does not change this Bad situation will continue. We came a long way with the licence issue and it was working well after many years and there was efficiency. If a few workers were doing foolishness , you should have dealt with those workers , you should have dealt with them and not destroyed a proper working system just to get at a few people who you deem were corrupt especially when you yourself might not be that innocent.

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  3. jrsmith June 14, 2016 at 8:48 am

    My take out of all the politicians in Barbados , not one them can match to (Mr, Chris Sinckler ) he tends to uphold representation to the people of Barbados and is very trustworthy , his problem our Priminister and the band of merry men who tend not to be able to be productive for the people of Barbados..

    This is the man who the Dems need to run against Mia if they want any chance of ever holding power in Barbados again..
    Bajans people must take the blame for detaching themselves from the everyday running of (Barbados LTD).

    I think the bad Management in the public sector, is because the majority of people as management have they jobs not because they are qualified of have the experience, but because they are party faithful that is also why most of our politicians need not do anything because they don’t have anyone to answer to…

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  4. recoanthony June 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

    ….IF SOME PEOPLE WOULD JUST OPEN THEIR EYES(THINKING) AND SEE WHAT THIS INEPT, INSULTING, CORRUPT, NASTY, INDIFFERENT IMMORAL ETC ETC WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR NOTHING LIKE DEM. WHEN DE HEAD SICK U EXPECT DE BODY TO BE HEALTHY? NO WAY IS IT POSSIBLE……NONE, NONE OF THEM MORNING, AFTERNOON & EVENING WORDS DON’T ADD UP…TRUST DEM HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I TELL U I’LL RATHER TRUST BAALAM DONKEY FIRST………JR SMITH LET CRIS COME AN RUN AGAINST MIA UP HERE, LET E COME HUMMMMMM….DEM CAN’T GET NOTHING DO BUT ALWAYS LAYING BLAME, BLAME, BLAME THATS HOW U RUN AH COUNTRY?

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  5. dave June 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Ha , recoanthony, yuh large and in charge literally figuratively and visually

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