St. Kitts-Nevis gov’t removes VAT on food, medicine and funeral expenses

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The St Kitts-Nevis Government will remove taxes on food, medicine and funeral expenses effective April 7.

According to a release from the country’s information service, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris made the announcement last night in a national address.

“I understand that for many of you, the Government of national unity means economic relief… Team Unity promised relief from the burdensome taxes and the high cost of living,” Dr Harris said.

Referring to the Value Added Tax (VAT) introduced on November 1, 2010, by the former administration, he said “the people of St Kitts and Nevis suffered badly from the imposition of the highest introductory rate of VAT in the Caribbean, at 17 per cent”.

The Prime Minister explained that “many were hardly able to buy their food. Small- and medium-sized businesses had to close as their cost of doing business was too high. Single mothers had it hard to make ends meet. Poverty was exacerbated”.

In announcing the new tax (relief) measure, the release said Dr Harris reiterated his administration’s commitment to fighting poverty, narrowing the inequality gap, stimulating economic activity, and increasing employment opportunities, by putting more money into people’s pockets.

The Prime Minister told the nation that “low taxes are good for economic growth. Therefore, effective April 7, 2015, VAT on all food in St Kitts and Nevis will end…We will deliver on our commitment to relieve our people of the burden of VAT on essential items like medicines and funeral expenses. These will take effect also from April 7, 2015. Our priority will always be to ensure prosperity for all.”

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24 comments

  1. the people should protest to get this tax off.nonsense

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  2. The tax was never there in the first place so what ever they out they can take it off also get it crow

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  3. Kenny will win the next election by making the the nation angry and paranoid, he knows that he has intelligent powers that control the minds of St. Lucians. He can VAT you to death and you will do so willingly. So stop your crying and do something about it.

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  4. Da man killing you with expensive gazoline you think he will help you with food? Da man likes to see people beg him for bread, it makes him feel big.

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  5. VAT has been implimented in an effort to allow the country to better service it debt.

    So far, our debt has not gone down. In fact it has been increasing. Our debt ceiling has been raised from 1.4 bill to 1.8 bill.

    Take note people. Take note

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    • WHY DONT YOU TELL KENNY TO TAKE NOTE DOING ALL THOSE BIG INFRASTRUCTRAL PROJECTS FINANCED BY LOANS HOW CAN OUR DEBT EVER BE REDUCED. THE MAJORITY OF THESE PROJECTS ARE UNECESSARY ALL THEY DO IS BURDEN TAX PAYERS FURTHER AND GIVE PARTY SUPPORTERS HUGE PROFITS THEY THESE PARTY SUPPORTERS DONT HAVE TO WORRY WHEN THEY GO TO THE GROCERY STORE SINCE THEY CAN AFFORD EVERYTHING FOR YRS TO COME

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  6. That's a responsible Government, bravo St. Kitts. Now Kenny on the other hand is going to Jew St. Lucia to death,].

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  7. Don't you think the current Kittitian prime minister has kept some things hidden? Where is he going to make the shortfall in revenue? Remove taxes from one side, add taxes on the other. Who will be affected by the new taxes? Now, that is the question. I await the answer in his first budget.

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    • Fiscal recklessness is what brought VAT by the previous government. VAT wil be removed from food , medicine and funerals . Some act like we had VAT all the time. What did we do before VAT? Where did the money come from before VAT? Fiscal recklessness is what brought VAT. Once you take that out of the equation the country and all the people will prosper.

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      • That is just emotionalism speaking my friend. We do live in a real world and globalization is the determining factor on how countries within alliances (such as Caricom, OECS, etc) tax each other. Tax parity is the agreement among members. Remember, Trinidad wanted to take St. Lucia to task for this very reason. Take it from me my friend, there will be another TAX levied and you will be the one to pay it. Just wait for the budget!

        Again, I sympathize with you emotion but it cannot exempt you from the reality.

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  8. screw kenny. He better follow, cause if he can't hear he will feel!

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  9. Watch and learn , sheep and goat right before the elections in your face vat coming down even on the oldest trade of all time exchange of goods

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  10. TAX DAYS ARE NUMBERED ON THE ISLAND. THIS IS ALL TRINIDAD'S DOING. DO NOT FOLLOW TRINIDAD AND JAMAICA . THEY WANT THE ISLANDS TO FALL ; ANY ONE WHO CAMPAIGN ON REMOVING TAXES WILL WIN.

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  11. way to go Mr PM. hope Kenny is taking a page from that to relieve suffering in slu.

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  12. Great a minister who hears his people cries and know great job sir kenny plz follow

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  13. Great a minister whi hears his people cries and know

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  14. kenny don't have a heart people so don't beg.#hemustgo

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  15. lol Kenny will never follow suit Denzil Douglas was his spokes man. This might absolutely become neccessary in the future people can not afford to eat a decent meal nowadays many persons go hungry some days. The SLP administration is PRIMARILY CONCERNCED WITH TAKING OUT HUGE AS WELL AS UNNECESSARY LOANS TO FINANCE INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS WHICH ULTIMATELY THE POOR PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY WHO CAN NOT AFFORD A MEAAL MUST PAY FOR WHILS HE AND PARTY SUPPORTERS MAKE HUGE PROFITS OF SUCH PROJECTS

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  16. Now ... If only Kenny would stick his tail between his legs and follow suit, he knows perfectly well that VAT on food is leaving a lot of families malnourished... Then again his pride and arrogance won't let him.

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  17. good going team unity!!! obviously just like st.lucia, these taxes eh going no where. i feel the relief for my fellow kittians and nevisians.

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  18. Is that Gale in the pic? 🙂

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  19. I hope st.lucia follow soon from the claws of Kenny and the SLP. Killing the poor people slowly.

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  20. Kenny D pay attention you might learn something.

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