‘No more taxes’

Taxation not the answer to economic woes, says inniss

A Government minister is seeking to distance himself from his own administration’s management of some aspects of the country’s affairs.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss today spoke out publicly against Government’s fiscal policies, particularly on the issue of taxation.

And while not pointing fingers directly at Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, Inniss warned the country could not be taxed out of its economic problems, suggesting that high taxes were contributing to a cash flow problem.

Instead, he advised, efforts should be made to remove the stumbling blocks and bureaucratic red tape that prevent the start of a number of projects around the island.

“Step back from that and ask what is the underlying reason for this cash flow issue,” Inniss told the media following the launch of a micro loan facility by the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union at its headquarters on Belmont Road, The City this morning.

“We can’t continue to tax our way out of the challenge that we are in. The Minister of Finance has been doing his best in many respects but I believe that the focus has to be on getting some major projects going. I keep hearing all the time about major projects being held up in Government departments around the place.”

The minister also strongly criticized the Barbados Revenue Authority for delays in the processing of Value Added Tax (VAT) returns.

He argued that this issue was having a crippling effect on local businesses.

“My reality is that there are many businesses in Barbados that are in a challenged position because they have not been able to get their [VAT] refund. This is the challenge I face on daily basis.

“We can’t keep talking about these issues, we have to find solutions. We don’t want small businesses to feel as though they can’t expand because they have a cash flow issue arising [from] accounts receivable from Government. I don’t want them to start feeling that they have to beat the system,” Inniss said.

The Member of Parliament for St James South also complained that too many major projects were languishing, not for want of financing, but because of bureaucratic hurdles.

“There are people who want to do business and who have submitted applications to some departments and for some reason can’t get an answer as to what the delay is. I am not going to talk about these things all the time, the Prime Minister has heard my views and he knows how I feel about these matters,” Inniss stressed.

The outspoken minister has increasingly been adopting positions that are either at odds with, or critical of, the administration.

Just last week he cast doubt on the effectiveness of the systems of governance, saying ahead a lecture by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that Barbadians ought not be happy with the current state of the governance systems.

“It is time that we be bold and ask if we are satisfied with our systems of governance, overall,” the minister said at the forum organized by his St James South constituency council.

He complained last month about the controversial two per cent National Social Responsibility Levy, saying publicly that he had written to Sinckler making it clear the tax ought not be applied to the international business sector; and amidst a row between Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins and businessman Mark Maloney, Inniss complained that entrepreneurs were often frustrated by the Town & Country Planning Department to the point where they felt they had to “take the law into their own hands”.

18 Responses to ‘No more taxes’

  1. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata December 3, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Yeh right pornville. Wanna talk bout d xtra vat was suppose to b fuh only 18 months to. Stupz

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 3, 2016 at 3:56 am

    You late after saying yea for overtaxed the citizens you now shouting as usual. When ever your party ready to crucified us you always shouting for the attention to focus on you
    Joker

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  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 3, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Look! Call elections so we can see the backs of you nitwits. Never again will a DLP party get my support with the likes of Stuart, Sinckler, Inniss, et al in it.

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  4. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins December 3, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Ok I see it’s a game of bad politician, good politician.
    So they have decided that you are the next Leader, therefore get you into a position to score maximum points.
    Good Luck.

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  5. Lennox hewitt December 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Man Innis just up wunna keep taxing every day n now u talking hope u see no one never thought Trump be President n 2017 sein to think bout .

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  6. Tony Webster December 3, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hmmm… cracks appearing… shadows foretelling coming events…and groanings of the earth… (and tax-payers).
    Lord…how might we make sense of all this? At least Lord, please hear our prayers…and give de nex’ P.M., a solid working majority in de House, (but not 2/3rds), so as to allow him ( or her) to rule his (or her) own house, to greater effect…and efficiency.

    Your play, Lord.

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  7. Phil December 3, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Don Don boy I think you have to stand in line. You got to contend with Kelly, Michael Lash, Stinky, Low Low, and Dr. Davie who I think is really the one best suited because it was he who was shadow Min. of Finance and who really brought arrogant Owen to task. Sweet cakes was only a good talker. But I think the Knights already selected Richard to hold the mantle. Watch and see.

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  8. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne December 3, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Election around the corner?????

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  9. Hal Austin December 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Another political illiterate pretending to be finance minister.

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  10. Samuel Morrisson December 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I really laugh at you silly people. Hahahahahaaaa

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  11. Troy December 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Bunch of jokers

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  12. Sherlock Holmes. December 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Why can’t he be applauded for his courage? I totally agree with him, to me he is the only minister that calls a spade a spade,i do not think it is about scoring points it is about being on point. Donville Innis has shown time and time again that he is not afraid to speak his mind or take on the establishment and these are the type of leaders we need. There is too much politics in politicians and Donald Trump has shown that,Nigel Farage has also shown that.It is time for another Don.

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  13. BaJan boy December 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Another idiot called Sherlock Holmes. Donville barely trying to create an impression and hope he wins favour. He continues to seek attention in order to win favour clown Holmes…truth is just like you we know they are a bunch of nit wits..

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    • Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Bajan girl i see you have come out of the wood work, aren’t you of me eviscerating you? You are the one who come to this forum constantly seeking attention. I will ignore you this time but here is a few words that i have decided applies to you and from now i will try very hard to live by this credo where you are concerned,here goes……Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves lest he be wise in his own eyes. I do hope you can understand that and be enlightened.

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  14. Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2016 at 12:12 am

    should read tired of me eviscerating you…..Bajan girl.

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  15. Red One December 4, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Donny defended and voted for all of the taxes that his poorakey government implemented. Brave? Outspoken? I think not. He is a two mouted double sided sword. What a bunch of crap.

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  16. F.A.Rudder December 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    In the long run those of you who have been consistent in improvement of life on the island will be sustainable. For those who just waste the taxpayers money and are careless to our national problems will be weeded out of town. At the present moment it for me and my fellow Barbadians it’s all hands on deck. Out here in the USA its our conclusion to stick together because the Donald Trump administration are not going to be interested in micro economies as you have be told by he; there is no global warming.

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