NSRL not the worst tax in the world – Kellman

The trade union movement in Barbados had no grounds for taking to the streets over the recent increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), says Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman.

Delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s George Street, St Michael headquarters Friday, Kellman pointed out that the Value Added Tax (VAT) was expected to eliminate all other taxes while allowing Government to use the reverse tax credit to create a cushion for the masses of people in the country.

However, he charged that under the VAT system, which was introduced by the former Barbados Labour Party administration back in 1997, only two agencies benefited, namely the then Government, which was able to double its revenue, and the private sector whose revenue he said increased by 95 per cent.

In fact, the outspoken St Lucy representative charged that the only group that did not benefit from the VAT was the working class.

However, Kellman said while the trade unions were made to hold strain, they never did as they did on Monday.

“While the [then BLP-led] Government was accumulating all of this money, the trade unions did not march, but as I say the Government was able to double their revenue intake and the private sector was able to get a 95 per cent increase in revenue.

“From 1993 up to 2001 revenue moved from about $378.6 million and it went to $749 million, but the workers did not benefit. What you had at that time was the Government and the private sector in bed and there was no room for the workers,” Kellman charged.  His comments come against the backdrop of last Monday’s massive march against the NSRL, which was led by the Barbados Private Sector Association and the country’s four major trade unions.

This was in a bid to get Government to return to hold dialogue with them with a view to granting relief from the onerous measure, which was first introduced in 2016 at two per cent but was recently hiked to ten per cent.

However, amid all the complaints about the tax, as well as the other austerity measures, valued at $542 million, which were announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in his May 30 Budget, Kellman was adamant that the NRSL was not the worst tax in the world.

In fact, he argued that the NSRL was a far more reasonable tax for consumers and small businesses than VAT.

“The NSRL is the opposite to Value Added Tax for small business people.

“When VAT was introduced I warned the House of Assembly that the people who would suffer from VAT would not only be the consumers, but small business people. I said that whereas the importers can set their own markup, that we had something in the island at the time called the suggested retail price where they would tell you how much to sell at and they did not care what overheads you were carrying. So the private sector made the money and then you had to compete with other importers who could buy 1, 000 cases and get a better price if you wanted to stay in the market,” said Kellman, who is the proprietor of St Elmo’s Moontown Restaurant & Supermarket.

However, amid concerns that price gouging could result from the latest NSRL imposition, Kellman said the onus was on the consumer to investigate the price at which an item is sold to a retailer.

“So if the retailer is accustomed to getting a gallon bottle of water for $5.50 and then suddenly he might get it at $7, the retailer cannot sell it at $7.99 or $7.95. He now has to put on his markup now on the $7, [but] seeing that the item attracts VAT that item can easily go from $7.95 to $11,” he said. 

43 Responses to NSRL not the worst tax in the world – Kellman

  1. Cinderella Richards
    Cinderella Richards July 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Here we go again!!! SIGH

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  2. Santini More
    Santini More July 29, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Somebody please call the Psychiatric Hospital and tell them one of their ‘clients’ has escaped his padded accommodation and is once again masquerading in public as an MP.

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  3. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe July 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    It’s the worst most ill conceived tax presented by the worst government in the history of barbados, at the worst possible time. God help us

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    • Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
      Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 29, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Worse than the poll tax introduced in Britain by Margaret Thatcher and look what happened to her?! The citizens hopped her tail out of Downing Street so fast, I doubt her feet even touched the ground!! Lol.

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      • Hewers of wood July 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

        Ibuku – Oh yes they did get the rid of her, but the tax remained in place after it was jimmied by John Major and given a new name call council tax. Just like they will do here soon.

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  4. Mandisa Holder
    Mandisa Holder July 29, 2017 at 12:26 am

    You’re right Mr. Kellman!!! It’s the worst in Barbados……

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  5. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis July 29, 2017 at 12:39 am

    He trying to run com petition out all cabi et ministers who co es up with most stupid excuse for nrsl

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  6. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 29, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Every year they take more money out of people’s pockets with new taxes , and hiking up other taxes , and for what?

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  7. Raheem Griffith
    Raheem Griffith July 29, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Read the article

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  8. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch July 29, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Lead us heavenly father.

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  9. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus July 29, 2017 at 1:19 am

    This man is an idiot fa real….he arguing against this tax or for it cause this argument seems flawed….if vat doubles government revenue why is this tax needed……vat raises prices for consumers so the remedy for that is ta add another tax to further raise prices & that would benefit us….how???.”’…

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  10. Caroline Eastmond
    Caroline Eastmond July 29, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Not to you but yet u still down st Lucy weighing food

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  11. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 29, 2017 at 2:08 am

    “Delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s George Street, St Michael headquarters Friday, Kellman pointed out that the Value Added Tax (VAT) was expected to eliminate all other taxes while allowing Government to use the reverse tax credit to create a cushion for the masses of people in the country.

    However, he charged that under the VAT system, which was introduced by the former Barbados Labour Party administration back in 1997, only two agencies benefited, namely the then Government, which was able to double its revenue, and the private sector whose revenue he said increased by 95 per cent.”

    Hmm… If a government in collusion with corporations is going to be in bed together to rip off its citizens, you would think it would have the good grace to allow consumers to benefit in some small way. Interesting how these pariahs of the people only come out to air each other’s dirty linen when they are not getting their own way. A lot of people are waking up to the tricks and the Mafia-type approaches used to fleece the ordinary citizens of a country! One thing though, I would say to Barbadians, don’t trust a fella!! Especially those in government and the corporate entities!!

    By the way, is this tax suppose to replace the VAT or in addition to it? If the latter, this man is absolutely out of his tree!!

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  12. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett July 29, 2017 at 3:47 am

    = LOL anyone over the age of 6 don’t take you serious fam not since that shirtless water drinking disaster that was video recorded ! Must have drank alot of water after this speech !

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  13. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde July 29, 2017 at 4:27 am

    I EXPECT YOU TO SAY THAT.YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON CALL-IN PROGRAMS

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  14. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose July 29, 2017 at 5:35 am

    $30 in the tank is a drizzle really

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  15. Angela Howard-Graham
    Angela Howard-Graham July 29, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Bajans like a lot of freeness

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    • James Amlighty
      James Amlighty July 29, 2017 at 6:47 am

      You serious?… what does this have to do with freeness?…

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  16. James Amlighty
    James Amlighty July 29, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Kellman should stick to what he knows best… selling food by the pound and robbing ppl in st. Lucy…

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  17. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 29, 2017 at 6:15 am

    It ok for he because he have money shop he sell food he will never feel it but is he ok lord send a doctor to that gentleman i cannot laught no more

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  18. Tsa Harris
    Tsa Harris July 29, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Shut up!

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  19. Shawn Luke
    Shawn Luke July 29, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I would like him to know that the NSRL will have a devastating impact on this society. He getting Minister pay and has a business in the side but not me. Allthe rest of us will get affected by it. That comoiunded wuth the FXF or whatever it is called will havethe cost of livibg higher than it has ever been. If he talked about the reverse tax credit being a cushion, some people ain’t receive that nor others they incone tax in years. I would like you and all the other government ministers to wake up, cone out if the dark abd into the light. ALL THESE TAXES KIILLING WE OUT HERE, TAX WE AGAIN AND AGAIN. Yiu are standing up for what you believe in and so should we.

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  20. Rechelle July 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

    The media need to stop covering this Friday propaganda at the DLP…..pure politicking nonsense.

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  21. Gee July 29, 2017 at 11:24 am

    How on earth did vat enable a 95% increase in corporation revenue? Is he mad or just plain dumb?

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  22. Loretta Griffith July 29, 2017 at 11:50 am

    As a lay man I think I more welcome the NSRL if applied correctly than paying VAT to some businesses that do not pay it in to government.
    My limited intelligence tells me that with NSRL government gets it revenue up front and no one can manipulate it, unless there is collusion within the department that collects it. Reduce VAT.

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  23. Milli Watt July 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    what a MENACE!

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  24. Carson C Cadogan July 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I agree with you 100% Mr. Kellman.

    All we have here is a bunch of idiots who just repeating what they were told to say.

    There is nothing wrong with the tax.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine July 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Indeed there is nothing wrong with the tax. The problem is when you add all the other taxes that these dummies have implemented along with what was there before, they all add up. Couple that with the rate of inflation and the high cost of living and tell me how the hell increasing the tax could be productive. You are a real real kubba fuh trute doh.

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    • straight talk July 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      But there is something wrong with you

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    • Roger Headley July 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      True nothing wrong with tax – it did not ask to be put in place. Something wrong with who put it in place though and all those who think it is alright

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    • hcalndre July 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      @Carson C Cadogan; You can see nothing wrong with the Tax because you need a seeing dog to lead you.

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  25. Redman.J July 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Seriously now….seriously.. why oh why does the media listens to this man, minister kellman is a nusense…..
    Tell me how, who or why this man has a portfolio???

    SERIOUSLY!!!!

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  26. Sanky July 29, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    So Kellman as a member of the private sector (alternative or otherwise) you had to mek a 95% killing off the VAT too.

    “Kellman said the onus was on the consumer to investigate the price at which an item is sold to a retailer.”
    This statement confirms why you are my favourite comedian,

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  27. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe July 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    He’s beginning to look old

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  28. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    KELLMAN, WHO SOLD OR LEASE THE LAND SO THAT FAST FOOD COMPANY COULD SET UP BY THAT ROUND O BOUT AT BOTTOM OF ORANGE HILL?

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  29. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 29, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    KELLMAN WHY IS THE NSRL TAX NOT SHOWN ON THE BILLS? WHY IS YOUR GOVERNMENT THE WORSE EVER? WHY WAS THE GROTTO & VALLERY COST THAT KIND OF MONEY? WHY ARE NHC HOUSES STILL SHUT UP ALL OVER BARBADOS? WHY DO U BE ON THE BRASS TAX SO OFTEN? WHY U ALWAYS INVOLVE IN OTHERS’ MINISTRIES, EXCEPT UR OWN? WHY MR.MILLER HAD TO CALL FROM TRINIDAD, ON BRASS TAX TO TELL UR IGNORANT PM TO KEEP UR MOUTH SHUT? THE TEMPORARY THAT WERE SENT HOME ACCORDING TO U, WERE GIVEN A PERMANENT JOB AS YET? WHY DON’T U GO FALL OVER THE CLIFF AT COVE BAY AND GO FOR AH SWIM? U ARE SO SICKENING

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  30. Annie July 30, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Idiot, this man is a real clown, if vat made sooooo much money, what the DLP goverment did with the money, so Mr Kellman just admited that his goverment wasted all the money collected from vat and now they have to introduce another tax. This man is a real idiot.

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  31. Keen Observer July 30, 2017 at 7:05 am

    We can argue about tax all day. What is really needed is a another industry to support tourism. To me this is critical to the future of Barbados. The government gets lots of licks but if they continue to move towards renewable energy in the long they get the credit.

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  32. Darson July 30, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Pay more attention to what he is saying we are all ignorant of some thing :
    I believe the tax is right but as is said before in another chat ( Catch the main tax upstream and adjust VAT and Levies Down Stream .
    VAT was never properly implemented and i have said so before
    we had a similar problem wit the 5% implemented by The late
    Tom Adams ,Many collected and did not reach the destination ;same with VAT .
    He might not have articulated it as well as he should ; But he is RIGHT

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  33. Darson July 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

    he need to do a better job on the last two paragraphs ,but he is is in the right zone .
    Good work Kelly .

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  34. Samantha Walker August 4, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Absolutely nothing wrong with the Tax……There are just too many bloody taxes Mr Kellman. Work it out on the average person’s pay and after investigating the price of items as a consumer( in a global world) comparing prices in Bim to prices outside, every blessed item here is hiked up 3x as much for Bajans than the average person in the UK, USA and Canada and they earn much more than the average Bajan.

    Citizens here pay more than visitors for a lot of products, this doesnt happen in the UK, USA or Canada….visitors and citizens pay the same price. Bajans are still enslaved like their ancestors and have no choice, look at the Government taxing, taxing, taxing their people and NOT ONE IMPROVEMENT IN SOCIETY !! You dont deserve to tax no more until you fulfill your Manifesto……

    We are wise to your talking and no improvements to environment, the only thing that gets done in Bim is MORE TAX. Where is the uptodate Legislation inline with ALL the International Countries, Bim is sooo far behind but not with collecting more money…..GREED, GREED, GREEDY politicians and most of wunna have businesses !!

    Bajans EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, the Head is Bad and the Bottom cant be much better, look who is leading Taxaloticians

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