St. Lucia delays VAT implementation for hoteliers

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St. Lucia delays VAT implementation for hoteliers
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony

Three days after the Value Added Tax (VAT) came into force in St. Lucia, cracks have began to appear with Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony announcing a delay in the implementation of full VAT for the hotels and related services in the tourism sector.

In a statement which appears to give credence to opposition claims that the government was ill prepared for its implementation, Prime Minister Anthony, who is also Finance Minister, said the delay was due to parliamentary procedures that are required before the order setting the VAT rate comes into force.

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