Thursday 29 October, 2020

Former T&T PM Kamla urges Government to scrap online tax

Trinidad and Tobago Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on Government to restart the laptop programme initiative and scrap the online tax.

She made the call as she took note of Government’s decision to remove taxes on laptops, computers, and other IT devices in light of COVID-19.

The Opposition leader said her party has begun gathering donations through MP offices to distribute laptops to special needs children within the constituencies they currently represent to assist those who may still not be able to afford devices.

Persad-Bissessar, who called for the removal of said taxes last week, said it was a “welcoming gesture” that Finance Minister Colm Imbert saw the merit of the suggestion.

She said while it was good that Government has come to the realisation that online tax and other taxes on tech devices are burdensome on consumers, there should be a complete removal of the online tax.

Persad-Bissessar said:

“We suggested in our National Economic Transformation Plan the complete permanent removal of the online tax and with the new normal with COVID-19, I am sure the Government sees the applicability of this and the annoyance the online tax has been to the public.”

She said if Government accepts suggestions from the Opposition “we will be in a much better situation just as many thousands are rejoicing with the removal of taxes on IT devices”.

Persad-Bissessar added: “We again call for the complete scrapping of the online tax and the reinstatement of a laptop programme for those who still may not be able to afford it.”

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