Former CSA President says VAT will stay

Former CSA President says VAT will stay

Former Civil Service Association (CSA) President, Kingsley St Hill, has told the Times that Value Added Tax (VAT) is going nowhere.

United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, had announced during the general election campaign that if elected, his administration would ultimately eliminate VAT.

The announcement brought sharp criticism from the then ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

The SLP observed that removing the tax would stop the country from earning EC$ 346 million in revenue, when EC$ 400 million is needed to pay civil servants, teachers, nurses and police officers.

The party had warned that scrapping VAT would lead to retrenchment of those workers.

Former CSA President, Kingsley St Hill, told the Times that UWP leader and new Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, had already dealt with the matter by saying last week that he would consult with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

“Those institutions actually recommended that the Islands of the region choose VAT,” St Hill recalled.

He asserted that because Chastanet has said that he will go to them, he expects that the institutions will stick to their recommendation.

“I don’t see the matter going any further,” the former CSA President declared.

St Hill said that the tax may be reduced by one or two percent.

“VAT will remain – I don’t expect it will go anywhere, especially since he (Chastanet) is going to those institutions that recommended VAT,” St Hill told the Times.

St Hill is also a former President of the National Consumers Association (NCA).

Chastanet’s UWP won the June 6, 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 to 6.

The UWP leader had said that the imposition of VAT, high unemployment, and a 66 per cent increase in the cost of piped water, have impacted the nation heavily, with many people finding it difficult to manage their households.

 

 

 

 

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44 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Well, well, you still hacking.

    1. mercifull
      June 15, 2016 at 7:28 pm Reply

      If vat is making $346 million in revenue, before vat was impose how was the civil servants getting paid before vat?

      1. sonia
        June 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm Reply

        king was borrowing

        1. lala
          June 16, 2016 at 7:02 am Reply

          kenny is the king of borrowing. imagine step nice smile on borrowed funds.

  2. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply

    You don’t have to eliminate vat completely, but reduce from it give people a break thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Hurricane Allen strikes again

  4. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 5:09 pm Reply

    A past president who sold out the union to kenny …a major SLP Hack thats why he was a one term president of CSA

  5. Boujon Guiyave
    June 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Before you hackers recognise any opposition as hacking why don’t you play a little wait and see attitude especially when the guy backs his position with an explanation.

    1. H
      June 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm Reply

      Stop being a hack.

  6. Sweetness
    June 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Does that eliminate the fact that vat is going no where? You idiot Anonymous. Critical thinking is what you call it. Pshhhhhh

    1. Mike
      June 15, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply

      Are you in the driver’s seat?

  7. 666
    June 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Just reduce VAT to 12 or 10 %…the number 13 = death.

  8. No BS!!
    June 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Some people really ridiculous, Mr. St Hill is stating the obvious…..The PM plans to meet with the very institutions that recommended VAT so does not see those institutions budging on the stance to the popular VAT issue…..Why must we call him a hack and talk about who he sell out and who he didn’t, this is not the topic at hand….Geeeeez!!! Is that the only level of discussion we can have in this country, who supports what party, who is red or yellow?? Sad thing is it is always the grown ups that engage in such bickering. Putting party before common sense. Good thing the younger generation doesnt see things like that. You do a bad job at governing then you are voted out of office rather than argue with someone of the apposing party as to which party did more wrong. Eliminating such a mindset that has plague us for generations is paramount to our development. Next thing we need is the ability to recall a government or a particular minister if he does not satisfy the needs of the electorate!
    Kick out!!!!

  9. dyoll
    June 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm Reply

    IN THE FACES OF THE FOOLS WHO BELIEVED THE CRAP THAT ALAN SPOKE… I DONT CARE ABOUT POLITICS OR WHO SEAT OR STAND, BUT WHEN MEN STAND TO THE FOOLS WHO DRINK ALL THE CRAP THOSE MEN SPEAK, IN YOUR FQCES… THEY ARE ALL THE SAME, HE KNEW HE CANT REMOVE IT, BUT HE KNOWS THATS WHAT THE CHEAP ST LUCIANS WANT, THOSE WHO WANT TO GET EVERYTHING FOR FREE, EVERYTHING THEY BUILD WE PAY FOR IT, THE CELEBRATIONS AND DRINK UP… WE PAY FOR IT ALL AND THATS WHAT THE VAT GOES INTO… BUT WHEN U SICK OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HAVE SURGERY, THE ASK U TO PAY UP FRONT OR YOUR LOVE ONES DIE ON THE WAITING LINE, BUT IF ONE OF THEM GET SICK WITH A FLU… THEY GET PRIVATE FLIGHT TO WHERE EVER TO GET TREATMENT AT OUR EXPENCE, WHY DONT THEY SPEAK OF A SALARY RAISE… WHEN ALL IS WAITING ON VAT TO BE REMOVED, THE MAN IS A LIAR… AND SOME ST LUCIANS ARE FOOL BELIEVING HIM… WAIT TO TRAVEL TO AMERICA WITH NO VISA… FOOLS… WHY DID KENNY RAISE THE RETIREMENT AGE TO 65… IF THE CARE SO MUCH ABOUT U… ALL THEY DO IS LIE… BUT ANOTHER BOOT IS ONE STOVE… ALL TJOSE WHO CANT OR DONT DELIVER GOES OUT…

    1. MOSES
      June 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Chill. You talking rubbish. Go to sleep.

  10. Donna
    June 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Lol

  11. soft
    June 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm Reply

    so how were they paying the civil servants and teachers befor vat smh

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm Reply

      Boy, get an education it works wonders. Perhaps then, you would understand basic logics. And I won’t even give you the Answer, because you’re too stupid!

      1. Really-Sad-But-Very-True
        June 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm Reply

        Lool sad but true you eh easy looool. I died laughing at your answer. He must be soft in the head.

        To answer your question Mr or Ms Soft, let me first correct one thing; teachers are also civil servants, they aren’t separate groups.

        And the answer to the “how were they paying” question is LOANS. They borrowed money to pay people. Now take a moment to process how that approach will affect us in the long run.

      2. Anonymous
        June 16, 2016 at 5:07 pm Reply

        Why do you folks waste you time explaining VAT to these people? The VAT office had the task of educating the Nation in both English and Creole with the exception of STUPID which is why we have these people who still don’t get it after so long.

        So quit wasting your time and energy; we do not speak their language.

  12. Sad-But-True
    June 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm Reply

    The Allen Boy, sold his followers a Lie.
    And now the Yoke is tightening around Allen Boy’s Neck.
    Kai Tan~~

    1. Anonymous
      June 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply

      You need to take a break and if you want it so bad you can actually wait to see if the bad will come than you calling for it for the country…I pray you do not live in St Lucia and have no ties there because the bad you calling upon this country is horrible

      1. Sad-But-True
        June 16, 2016 at 3:54 am Reply

        You can’t believe all the Rubbish that was sold to you. Do you even understand what is going on in this world?
        It’s ok to sell a Lie. But then, there is reality.

  13. annoyed
    June 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm Reply

    And yet still so many nurses missed salaries and are still awaiting salaries….these politicians are too ridiculous, all of them. ..too much money being wasted and they mak us believe that there is no money..smh

  14. Bossman
    June 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

    VAT will be reduce and crap labor and st hill have been talking about how will civil servants get pay before VAT civil servants were being paid on the question what Kenny do with the 365 million extra monies he made on VAT so don’t use this gimmick about how will civil servant get paid if some percentage of VAT is removed and I can tell five percent of VAT will be remove st hill you sold the CSA to Kenny hack

    1. 666
      June 15, 2016 at 9:38 pm Reply

      Actually, most of the money came from high Customs and Excise fees, but VAT replaced it and that is why it’s cheaper to import things today.

  15. Sad-But-True
    June 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Did you notice all the Jobs for the Boys and Girls he created?
    Excessive spending already. I thought it was about “Saving” this nation.
    So what happened, Allen-Boy!!!??

  16. Sad-But-True
    June 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply

    I don’t see the minds of the Basic St. Lucian evolving beyond being illiterate and Ignorant. It is so clear on this Board.

  17. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm Reply

    i just dont no why we doesnt read vat is not an added tax vat is a replacement tax come on people try to understand that for once and for all look he made almost everyone of his candidates ministers now thats about 16 of them u think he will remove vat thats bringing almost the whole civil servants pay

    1. Anonymous
      June 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm Reply

      That’s an increase of $70,000 a month without the transportation allowance, phone and other perks that they got.

  18. Missy
    June 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Apart from the 15% vat on the importation of goods, there are so many additional taxes added to the cost of goods. Essentially we are paying more than 15%. They will never tell us the whole truth.

  19. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Who ever talked about VAT ain’t going no where…who said that they gonna remove VAT..every bloody country has VAT for crying out loud…Kenny kill the coutry…i Wonder how he managed before VAT….CHUPPS

    1. ifyouwerelisteningtoyourleaderyouwouldhaveheardhimsayit
      June 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply

      It was made mention by Mr.Allen Chastanet. He stated that it would be reduced and then eliminated.

  20. Lucian
    June 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Vat had to be introduced to reduce the 9% deficit. It’s now 3.4% lets see how we deal with it

  21. Heartbroken
    June 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Who created more job for the boys than SLP?

  22. cocoa sec
    June 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply

    I agree Mr st Hill. Vat ain’t going anywhere. Wait for Allen to.come crying to y’all ….. That he can’t.

    1. Anonymous
      June 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

      Stop waiting and calling for bad, whatever happens in the country will affect you too…be smart

  23. Sad-But-True is Kenny
    June 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I think Sad-But-True is either Kenny himself, or his wife!

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 16, 2016 at 4:46 am Reply

      You lack any form of discipline or morality which sadly, should be the Basic character traits of humanity. And it’s a sign of your Hooliganism, poor societal deportment on all levels.
      But again, you have NO understanding of what I stated. SMH

  24. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Sadly it takes a party hack to know another party hack. Please try to deal with and accept that VAT is a reality and that it is here to stay.

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 16, 2016 at 4:10 am Reply

      and most of those “Trappa” jaws talking against VAT hardly pay any. They have NO clue what VAT is all about.
      It just shows how The UWP’s are not about Nation Building. But about BOrboll, Taiwanese money at hand and in Brown paper-bags, and Nepotism.

  25. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 7:22 am Reply

    The reason y Kenny had to put vat is because of the 14 percent king gave to civil servants. The only way they could have paid civil servants those monies was to implement vat. Now chastnet said he is going to reduce it. I’m waiting to see that’s done . If he do that salaries of civil servants will be cut. All those police teachers and nurses who think when a politician comes on a platform and talk rubbish they accept I’m waiting to see.

  26. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 10:52 am Reply

    Truth be told even if VAT is reduced we will not see any ching chings in our pockets, bc the cost of the products will still go up. Prices are going up anyways.

  27. Observer
    June 19, 2016 at 11:57 am Reply

    AH ST. HILL for you alone you would be exceedingly happy if the new government make even the smallest error.
    You still in shock. You must be cannot sleep since chastanet became out new Prime Minister. Yours too St. HILL so offer some goodwill.
    Is all thAt and Mary Isaac as a minister thAt that have you bazodee. You tried enough on newsspin but awa people did not buy your stale float and rancid cocoa tea.

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