NIS enforcement on self-employed coming

Government may strengthen the laws to enable it to enforce contributions to the National Insurance Scheme by self-employed persons, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said last night.

Addressing the NIS 50th anniversary awards ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Stuart  pointed to NIS figures that show only 3,500 people who describe themselves as self-employed being registered with the scheme but spoke of an estimated 20, 000 working for themselves in the informal sector.

He said that the estimated 16,500 people not contributing to NIS risk retirement without a pension and face the danger of a steep drop in their standard of living.

He added, “I have heard of far too many cases where self-employed persons have simply not paid their contributions and then in their retirement live way below the standard to which they had become accustomed”.

“I hold the view therefore, given how the stakes are, and for the very protection of the self-employed, that legislative intervention may now be necessary,” he said.

NIS states that since1971 it extended benefits to all contributing self-employed persons between the age of 16 and pensionable age.

It says coverage for the self-employed is “Sickness Benefit, Maternity Benefit, Invalidity Pension or Grant, Contributory Old Age Pension or Grant, Funeral Grant, Survivors’ Pension or Grant”.

“The self-employed are not eligible for employment injury benefit and unemployment benefit and are therefore not required to contribute towards those funds,” the Scheme states.

But the Prime Minister last night described the matter of coverage of the self-employed as ‘a challenge’ which, “needs still further analysis and urgent attention” as for the past years any attempt at persuasion of such persons to join the NIS programme “has produced only modest results”.

“Self-employed persons must be convinced of the need to register and make sure that they can access the benefits when necessary,” he said.

“I am aware that several self-employed persons, and many in the informal sector, operate on a seasonal basis, but this is simply no excuse for non-payment since the threshold for payment is low.”

98 Responses to NIS enforcement on self-employed coming

  1. Angela Gray
    Angela Gray June 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Good, about time too. Then they need to find all the self employed folk who don’t pay tax either!

    • Peter Gittens
      Peter Gittens June 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      You is a bajan?! Stupse…

    • Lee-andrea Bourne
      Lee-andrea Bourne June 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      She got me soooooooo good!!!! Nadia Gilkes Dash

    • Nadia Gilkes Dash
      Nadia Gilkes Dash June 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      What is the tax that the self employed person need to pay mam???? Explain this tax to me

      • Big Man June 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

        Nadia you look like you got common sense
        Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants, Bodywork men, hairdressers, street Vendors and the lot don’t pay NIS and then when age 65 creep up on them or get a stroke and can’t work anymore want benefits from NIS
        But you can’t get benefits if you did not pay in your young days

        So if them don’t pay will end up in St.Lucy or St.Phillip District Hospital as St. Michael District Hospital FULL.
        You understand.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson June 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Last time I check everyone pay taxes

    • Angela Gray
      Angela Gray June 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Nadia Gilkes Dash Residents. The income tax rates are 16 percent on the first BBD35,000 of taxable income and 33.5 percent thereafter. There is a basic personal allowance of BBD25,000.

    • Nadia Gilkes Dash
      Nadia Gilkes Dash June 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Mam you are speaking about the Nis rates which is actually 16.10 percent of the earnings …. you said it’s about time they paid the Nis along with the folks who also don’t pay taxes …so u have me a little confused here ..

    • Angela Gray
      Angela Gray June 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Nadia Gilkes Dash

    • Angela Gray
      Angela Gray June 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Income tax and National Insurance are two different things

    • Michael Harris
      Michael Harris June 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      If you have a registered business you should pay nis

  2. Sonia Lynch
    Sonia Lynch June 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Wha bout the employers who taking it out and not paying it in with that 1st

  3. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan June 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    man looking for more money for he and his goons to pocket before they go.right now I contribute to this pension and the way u ppl are spending my money ,I know I will retire without a cent only to hear the fund is broke.whilst u and your ppl are guaranteed to get.WHEN WILL U PPL STOP .

  4. Divine Ingrid Johnson
    Divine Ingrid Johnson June 11, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Yuh scarely getting any money after you becomes unemployed…yuh pay all yuh money and after yuh get send home yuh have to wait long is shit and then the end of money them paying people cud scarely suffice ..well i tell yuh if i work hard fuh my money and i want to pay a pension plan instead of contrubuting to NIS scheme ….then i don”t see why i can”t …this should not be compulsory..Oh lord what next…seems as if this country is going into dictatorship..

    • Marcelle Kelly
      Marcelle Kelly June 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Ingrid girl we getting a rough ride on the boat when election come some ppl sink some ppl jump of

    • Divine Ingrid Johnson
      Divine Ingrid Johnson June 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      I think I jumping ship Marcelle girl..

    • Marcelle Kelly
      Marcelle Kelly June 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      All now I jump of that boat ride boa i never see life so harsh

    • Divine Ingrid Johnson
      Divine Ingrid Johnson June 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Girl I said the very same all the years here …this is the toughest time I see Barbados at..

  5. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita June 11, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Looking to spend that money to

  6. Troy R Stuart
    Troy R Stuart June 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    You all should be force by the ppl of Barbados to pay back every cent taken to jump start Four Seasons and whatever​ stupid projects that money was taken for that never got started….

  7. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv June 11, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    What them ever did for self employed ppl nothing we must find everything we self,They took much money from me before I leave home,Then years gone by the money I paid in ,I must make big scene in the end them find some rubbish to tell me them aint getting lock up from troubling people money but you would stress the people evil

  8. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer June 11, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Smh no concessions to self employed persons and then more taxes piling on daily and now forve them to pay NIS looka dem cold stop doa every day every day omg PLEASE PLEASE STOP WITH THIS TYRANNY PLEASE!!!

  9. Santini More
    Santini More June 11, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    TAX GRAB WARNING! TAX GRAB WARNING! All citizens are advised to take all reasonable measures to secure the money in their pockets until this natural disaster of a PM is voted out of office. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

    • Mark Eversley
      Mark Eversley June 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      People broke

    • Sonia Lynch
      Sonia Lynch June 11, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      It’s true lollll I love this

    • harry turnover June 12, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Ha ha haaaah !! good one Santini.I want he to AMEND the Laws so that EMPLOYERS that TEEF people NIS contributions be LOCK to FRIG UP too…..and I don’t want ANY amnesty for them either…LOCK THEM UP .

  10. Dwayne Jack
    Dwayne Jack June 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    For my vote I need assurance that these thieving ‘tygoons’ will b investigated n prosecuted to the fullest extent

  11. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson June 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I gin turn into a free Lance share holder in my business

  12. Alex Alleyne June 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    It will be nice to list the “threshold payment” to NIS because in BIM a mason pay is $150.00 per day. The “artisans” come to your house and ask for $15 to $20,000.00 up front for repairs.
    Buy very little tools and wind up using your electric. Carpenters charge $10.000 to put only the wood for the roof. About another $6.000 for the perma clad.

  13. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo June 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I do understand what he is doing . How ever can he and his colleague convinced the employee that are employed at business places , who suppose to be paying National Insurance on the behave of the employee gets paid in . starting with your self and others working under you . these is things you should be emphasizing over

    • Corey Clarke
      Corey Clarke June 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      We all have a right to check on our accounts to see if money is being paid in.and it’s supposed to be paid the 15th and 30th I think

    • Shawn Pablo
      Shawn Pablo June 12, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Corey Clarke Thanks . these are things a lot of people do not know

  14. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    More money for wonna to by votes with but we taking the money and vote wonna OUT #DLPMUSTGO

  15. Mark Eversley
    Mark Eversley June 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Can someone please help us

  16. Grimmjaw Jaggerjack
    Grimmjaw Jaggerjack June 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    The men have hired goons to shake down the self employed people ……. Wow a special tasked force

  17. Hamza Azul
    Hamza Azul June 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Madness u can’t force a self employed person to pay nis u bareley want more money to borrow

  18. Big Man June 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    The issue at hand is self employed people not paying one red cent into NIS then when them reach age 65 or get a stroke turning up at NIS looking for benefits

    How the HELL wunna ain’t paying nothing and want benefits

    When wunna get Cancer, Stroke or brek down and pop down
    and ain’t pay nothing wunna ain’t getting NOTHING yuh hear.

  19. Virgo Sapphire
    Virgo Sapphire June 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Want nuff dammm money and still ugly

  20. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch June 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I hope that includes all the side businesses they have.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Oh lord…. U gone and dig up an ants nest…..

  21. Frank Bongolights Chase
    Frank Bongolights Chase June 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds like we gonna have a dark day

  22. Brandon St.Rose
    Brandon St.Rose June 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Simple start to.a dictatorship….be vigilant

  23. Anony June 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Self employed people already suffering when there is hardly no work so now the little money them actually getting to feed their families DEM want to tax……leaving children and families hungry

  24. Aquarius Rastress
    Aquarius Rastress June 11, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Wtf next stupseeee

  25. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Who de hell turn on de lights and waked up fundel ? Now he sleep talking.

  26. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron June 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Next tax is breathing tax. These ppl head good smhhh hmmmm

  27. Corey Clarke
    Corey Clarke June 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    These comments are sad to say but stupid.dont know wa all d fuss bout it simple u don’t pay Nis no pension when u get to the age simple.we have ppl in this country who ain’t pay a cent in Nis in dem life fall sick and getting money from d government when d month come.and wana feel good bout da?it’s my money u money all we money dat paying ppl like dem.dats wat u all shud be vex bout

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I ain’t gotta repeat this I hope!

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe June 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

      How about the millions that they does take up from NIS and don’t pay back. You for get about the increase vat that was supposed to cover everyone. You forget about the increase road taxes that don’t​ go towards fixing the bad roads. It’s impossible to get everyone​ to pay NIS. It never happen nor it will never happen. Everything was increased in this country over the last night yrs. ask them where all that money gone.every morning that you wake up, the first thing you hear on the news is these people bullying People for money. You should tell them to go and collect the outstanding vat and NIS from employers instead of posting stupidness

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson June 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Don’t want nothing from N.I.S when I got my own private more reliable plan

    • Corey Clarke
      Corey Clarke June 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Some of the taxes are unnecessary dats not the point which u prefer sell off our assets so we can full up d treasurey just to say we got two years of reserves In it or an wake up one morning to hear we now call our self Barbados and…do u prefer to privitise all entities or most of them then our prices will sky rocket more higher with out our control just to name a few take a pick.wat shud be done stiff penalties for companies dat file for bankruptcy and ask the Nis to pay out d workers then open in a different name a year lata.stop all this unnecessary food stuff from coming in d island dat is a big burden shud I go on……Peter lower?

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe June 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      I prefer you​ not to be fool by the seem to be one of those people that accept and Believe in everything these people say and do. Look at how the PM was on TV laughing at us concerning the $700000 car that he show off just after that cruel budget. I don’t believe one word they day and they can’t be trusted.

    • Corey Clarke
      Corey Clarke June 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Lol no 1 I don’t do politics I deal with facts no2 I will not get a good education and become a pm and drive a 1999 corolla don’t make sense no3 We have self employed persons who do not pay taxes or Nis an benefit from d increase of taxes.no4 if things so hard in Barbados why non of these car dealers ain’t shut down yet Peter lowe facts I deal with facts
      P.s who ever get in watch dum gine drive d same car or get a more expensive one lol

  28. David Hinkson
    David Hinkson June 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Lemon squeezers

  29. Buun June 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    The self employed have already payedBuun for your big ride but your government stills owes NIS and tax payers millions. Enjoy yoir ride and keep laughting at us.

  30. Wendy Nicholls
    Wendy Nicholls June 11, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Stups , pay the people the money

  31. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow June 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Let me say this to the Cornbeef and rum voters….don’t be bought with nonexistent Government Jobs vote out these misfits and clowns or suffering will continue

  32. Philip Irie Clement
    Philip Irie Clement June 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    It’s time for the people of Barbados all sectors both public and private .. The unemployed .. The self-employed to have a national shut down of this island,, bring a no-confidence motion against this “waste” and call a snap election. It’s time for he and his goons to go.

    • Big Man June 12, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Once again a well Educated person with no common sense

      Only the PM can call a snap Election
      No confidence motion comes from in Parliament
      Mia try it already and lost

      Talk something sensible I have confidence you can do it.

      Can you employ some people instead

    • Desiree Selby
      Desiree Selby June 12, 2017 at 7:56 am

      I agree Philip.

  33. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian June 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    In my opinion this is a reasonable request. However, it is more than reasonable for the government to return the VAT that is owed to businesses and the income tax that is way past due to citizens. Fair is fair. The government cannot increase the cost of living, not uphold their responsibilities to the tax payers and then want to go after people for NIS. It cannot be a one sided deal.

    • Sean Chandler
      Sean Chandler June 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

      It’s certainly not unreasonable to expect everyone to make their contribution. What is unreasonable are the delays in repayment of refunds due, and the lack of “e-government”. Preparing your tax return online (VAT) then having to drive to an office to put that return in a box or stand in line to make payment, is just ridiculous.

      • hcalndre June 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm

        Sean Chandler are you kidding? well Barbados is only 21X14 sq. miles, so if the tax office was 600 miles from where you resides then you would have to book a flight to take in your tax forms after preparing them on line, all I can say is that they`re not ready yet.

  34. Milli Watt June 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    not a cent fuh you fruns and de rest dat comin not one red cent more. I spenin my own corn

  35. Jason Agard
    Jason Agard June 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    He song like a gangster now cumin fa ppl money

  36. Jason Agard
    Jason Agard June 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    So d Nis ain’t want back 4 seasons money too d 80mill

  37. Saga Boy June 11, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Sometimes when I read some of these comments it does depress me. I can’t believe some of you are so ignorant. You can’t reason and understand basic things. Some of you like you did not go school.

    @Bigman. You are one of the few intelligent persons on this thread. Self employed people don’t pay NIS but when they get sick they want to use the hospital for free. They also want to have access to all the other social services for free. What is troubling is that when they retire or get injured they want to come running to gov for assistance. Somebody had the pay. The Prime Minister is correct.

  38. Soloman Wood
    Soloman Wood June 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    So your saying self-employed people who cant make ends meet. But still trying there best should be strangled by tax dept and now jail term.
    The fact of the matter is ..some people will never be able to pay taxes . and government will have to blame some other fraction.for there misuse of collected taxes .umm but that’s just a bajan view

  39. Saga Boy June 12, 2017 at 6:52 am

    @Solomon Wood. If you are self employed and can’t make ends meet you need to get a job. Would that not be common sense. If you can’t make ends meet I presume that pretty soon you are not going to be able to pay your rent; pay your credit cards; buy food; pay for your car etc. You can’t continue in business if you can’t make ends meet. We have welfare for persons who can’t make ends meet. Your argument is illogical and you don’t seem to understand that if people don’t play their part and contribute to the economy that their will be a shortfall that has to be financed by somebody.

    • harry turnover June 12, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Saga Boy ya got this Solomon Wood good.Well said !!

    • hcalndre June 12, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      @Saga Boy, working for $300 a week before taxes, could you make ends meet? What business is going to give some one credit that’s grossing $14.000 a year. Your politicians said that they could not live the way they were born and accustom to until that $10.000 were returned.

  40. Saga Boy June 12, 2017 at 6:55 am

    @.Bajan Positve. Are you aware that the private sector owes more than $700 mil in VAT to the Gov. Should they not pay gov as well? Fair is fair. All of us have to work together. We have too many many selfish people and some of them want to bring the DLP down because they do not like them. In the process we will all suffer.

    • hcalndre June 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Saga Boy, who don`t like Dem? Dem were returned to office, have you forgotten?

  41. Kay Henry
    Kay Henry June 12, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Just another way to bleed more money out of we poor people wanna so aint have enough and even so at the rate the government dipping into the NIS when the young people of today get old they will not have nothing left so less noise do Mr PM every time you talk you is make people head hurt them we ready to kick DEM out

  42. Greengiant June 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    There is no ‘ Tax Grab “. It’s time all Barbadians pay their fair share of taxes, and all self employed workers pay their contributions. This is the only way all workers can argue for a reduction in taxes.

    Many of those employed persons have children going to school, by the bus, having meals, using text books. All subsidized by those who pay their N I S and taxes. You still want state funded tertiary education, then you have to pay your contributions. It’s the only way these subsidies can continue. Many of us have gotten the jobs, businesses, and other life’s privileges because our elder generation paid their contributions. They gave us a chance in life. Are we now going to deprive the next generation of a similar opportunity? Are we really this selfish?

    Stop the silly blame game of the government not doing anything. stop allowing this irresponsible opposition use you for their own selfish purpose, because if they regain office tomorrow, they too will introduce bitter measures, and blame it on the failings of the current administration. The reality is if all Barbadians pay their FAIR contribution to the state as required by law we would not have the financial issues we are facing. If businesses pay the state what the owe the treasury, we will be able to manage our way out of dept easily. So we all need to stop the talking and do our civic duty, then and only then can we point our fingers at members of government without our finger leading back to us.

    • hcalndre June 12, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      @Greengiant, are these people living in a hole? when the MOF put a tax on whatever, he says it is to go towards X Y or Z. You`re saying that these people don`t pay road tax or don`t buy anything in Barbados or are they exempt from paying any taxes.

  43. Anthony Chapman
    Anthony Chapman June 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    People need to let this goverment needs to go them

  44. Anthony Chapman
    Anthony Chapman June 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I want to leave this country is going to get harder if we don’t stand for the things this goverment doing making it harder on or life and them happy and the family happy

  45. smiley June 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

    TIME this government go .Misuse of the NIS money and now looking for ways to get more to squander. No shame TIME to hide we money from their pockets

  46. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields June 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

    When will the private funding of the Nis coppers stop

  47. Mark Adamson June 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    For those individuals who have read the above news article understand this point – which I have been making for years and which I will continue to make until I die.


    TAXATION is evil, wicked, fascist, totalitarianistic, criminal, unconstitutional, unproductive and uncooperative.

    TAXATION is one of the principal reasons why Barbados is on the way to becoming a virtual failed governmental system beyond the next 2 to 7 years.

    When the government forces the employers of employees to take out of their wages – their property – some portions of their wages,
    without their the employees’ consent; and thereafter too forces the said employers to hand them over to the government, the actions of the government of Barbados are ACTS OF THEFT/ROBBERY, and there is no law coming from the government that can erase those and ALL other criminal theiving robbing TAXATION behaviours of the government of Barbados.

    Thus, when the government is wrongfully expropriating countless portions of the wages of employees and is purporting that it is going to the NIS – the actions of the government are also ACTS OF THEFT/ROBBERY.

    The constitution of Barbados allows every citizen, resident or visitor to these shores, a right to freedom of ownership of
    property. A person’s wages, salary, income, etc, is their property. There is no constitutional law of this government that can erase
    ALL of these criminal theiving robbing TAXATION behaviours of
    the government of Barbados, no matter what or how any
    constitutional law is written to make you believe the government
    is absolved legally from any legal actions by citizens over its
    THEIVING/ROBBING conduct, when these actions are
    THEFT/ROBBERY which are already CRIMES under the relevant laws of the said government of Barbados.

    Persons wise up!!

    For every dollar and cent/figure of receipts that the government of Barbados STEALS/ROBS persons and groups of persons of, the
    less disposable receipts they have to give the relevant others as
    receipts in the commercial arena, or as savings in the core
    financial system. So, whereas the local commercial system essentially involves the circulation of goods and services; the local industrial system essentially involves the production of goods and services; the local financial system essentially the creation and
    distribution of receipts (the local core financial system essentially the saving and withdrawal of receipts), the TAXATION system
    involves not only the wrongful and illegal extraction by the
    government of substantial receipts of others and the suppression
    and prevention of greater levels of commercialism and
    industrialism in this country, but also the production of absolutely
    nothing of the order of commercial/industrial goods and services in this country.

    Persons wise up!!!

    So, Prime Minister Stuart is wrong, wrong, wrong to be seeking to use this NIS thing and not enough of so-called self employed people involved in the NIS – which is their damn right to be involved in or not – as some way of the government seeking to TAX more and more of the receipts of persons and groups of persons in this country.

    What a regressive thinker!!!

    The PDC will not have it!!

  48. Rene Ramdin June 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    First of all everyone In Barbados Pays Tax , what everyone does not pay is incometax ,Second many of those businesses people engage in are micro-businesses as opposed to small businesses, many are subsistance ,and can barely pay their other bills ,not to mention taxes and social welfare contributions, Its all well and goo for people who have “regular Job” to throw crap at people because they have a known fixed income , but another to to actualy have to go out there and generate income , and wait inordiante times of payment , Mean time because you have no cash flow you run up debt .
    And Government officials can sit on their collective rear ends , then without approaching the individuals , impose a solution from on high , and say yes , we impose a sloution , now we can go to sleep ,
    You cannot get compliance through threat alone ,The possible solution is , Let the person get a small pension pollicy from whome ever he wishes and for what ever he can afford , Then let the insurance company submit a certificate of compliance .why Because they in the private insurance have been at this for a long time , and are just better at getting people policies that suit them .

  49. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe June 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    De more money they get, De more they want. DEM has been taxing for nine straight years. Everything increase in Barbados..where all this money going?.pot holes and bad roads still all over de places​. Where all that road tax money going? that was increased too. I’ve Never come across a Government in Barbados that wanted so much money yet.

  50. Jea Alleyne June 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I had been looking for information of being Self-Employed in Barbados over the last 10 years….. All of a sudden another website springs up regarding paying NIS whlist self-employed…..
    detailing the following:
    Sickness Benefit, Maternity Benefit/Grant, Funeral Grant, Invalidity Pension, Old age Contributory Grant/Pension , Survivors’ Benefit……..

    If those that paid Income Tax have not got their tax returns yet for several years and when you have no income when self-employed and are refused relief but still required to pay Land Tax, do I seriously think that when I apply for any of the above I will recieve anything….I ALREADY KNOW I WONT GET A RED CENT….

    Also Government need to explain how the Personal Allowance BDS $25,000 works. When you dont earn that, how come you are still paying some of the numrous taxes you have circulating in Barbados……Tax system needs a definite overall and EVERYONE, Rich, Poor, Business or Individual needs to pay into the tax system for it to work….. it just doesnt happen in Barbados, too much favourtism going on.

  51. jrsmith June 12, 2017 at 9:22 am

    This is priminister of a government who is incapable of running a tap ….. Nothing functions in barbados where politicians is involve …….. This is a government who most departments have not been (Audited ) since they were in office , thats why our country is in a mess …….. people with the rum shop attitude ……………………
    @,Harry turnover, hail, hail, your (6.57) good shot as much as bajans pretend to hate the colonial past, in the (UK) all these tax issues you could loose your home for , the bailiffs come and remove valued home essentials , they take your car and you finally could end up in prison……………………..In the (UK) you must pay that (NIC) or else you cant just claim on retirement , you dont pay you get nothing , other than state aid after vetting . some else might be able to say more than I do …………………..

  52. Alex Oconnor
    Alex Oconnor June 12, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hw mch mre $$ dem want tho..da lick out d belly out d NIS an ppl cud of hardly get da $$ all dem luk n to do is buy & build big houses/big bank accounts/ apartments/cars fa da slf & ta give to d young ladys ta drive bout..

  53. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe June 12, 2017 at 9:42 am

    They should stop taking up the people money that they pay into NIS and doing crap with it.

  54. So What? June 12, 2017 at 10:07 am


  55. Caroline Clarke
    Caroline Clarke June 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

    But if I am self employed I have to pay NIS I want the same benefits as the others. Unemployment and injury benefits too cause if I sick and can’t work what happened and if I get hurt whilst working what going happen.

  56. Natty June 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

    This government looking to kill the bajan and leave the economy in a state before they leave …some ppl tht claim to be self employed still trying to make ends meet and every meeting this DLP government looking for a way to rape us ridiculous man, looking at what’s going on make me think I’m in some movie where the king send his soldiers into the town and just start collecting taxes leaving the ppl in proverty

  57. Khalil Keifer
    Khalil Keifer June 12, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Most self employed person are able to afford a proper self contributed pension and insurance plan

  58. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson June 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Sometimes it don’t worth it to be self employed…’s less stressful

  59. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid June 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Days after the chairman of the NIS dept said he was worried about the dept and the investments that were made, y’all going after self employed persons…smh…I just can’t with these people

  60. Michael Harris
    Michael Harris June 12, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The only way they will go is if you vote if you vote you will be sure that they will go

  61. Belfast June 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Just like the vote buying episode which the Prime Minister said he witnessed last election, Mr Stuart will sit back and do absolutely nothing about those not contributing to the NIS fund , he is a master at telling people what he thinks, that they want to hear.


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