Labour party outraged at new taxes

Labour party outraged at new taxes

Press Release:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party has expressed its outrage over news that the Government of Saint Lucia has agreed to an increase in the Departure Tax as well as the reinstatement of the Airport Development Tax, effective April 1st, 2017 and is calling on the Prime Minister to reconsider the decision.

The Labour Party sees these increases in taxation as a betrayal by the UWP Government which had severely criticised the previous SLP Administration claiming that the people of Saint Lucia were too heavily taxed.

 Further, the UWP had promised that existing taxes would be reduced to make life more bearable for Saint Lucians.

The latest increase in taxes mean that Departure Tax for persons travelling to CARICOM countries and the French Caribbean Islands will be increased from US$25 to US$35 whilst Departure Tax for persons travelling outside of CARICOM countries and the French Caribbean Islands will be increased from US$25 to US$65;

The Airport Development Tax will be reinstated at a rate of US$35 for persons travelling outside of CARICOM countries and the French Caribbean Islands. This Tax was previously suspended by the Saint Lucia Labour Party in 2012.

With these new taxes Saint Lucians travelling to any CARICOM island or any French island, will automatically be subjected to an increase of C$27 per ticket. Whilst Saint Lucians travelling to other places, for example, New York, Miami, Toronto or London, will pay an additional EC$215.

All visitors to our island will also have to bear the additional cost of EC$215 per person. Consequently, a Saint Lucian family of four and who are resident oversees, coming home to see relatives will have to pay nearly EC$900 extra.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party believes that at a time when tourism is facing increased competition the new taxes will make Saint Lucia more uncompetitive.

It is also strange that this comes after Saint Lucia joined the rest of CARICOM in rebuking the UK Government for having the Airline Passenger Duty (APD) arguing that the tax was hurting tourism.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the UWP Government to stick to its election promises. The Saint Lucia Labour Party also calls on the UWP Government to provide Parliament with a statement on the proposed taxes and those which will be imposed in the coming months. Saint Lucians need to know what the monies collected will be used for and how will it be accounted for.

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19 Comments

  1. Zorro
    October 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm Reply

    These fellas don’t know what they want. Government decide to reduce VAT they complaining it cannot be done and wondering where the revenue wil be found. Now government wants to raise departure tax they crying. These jokers will complain about anything. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Dem man is boss!

    1. Anonymous
      October 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Government has not really reduced VAT. They have made things better for BUSINESSES but more expensive for citizens. The removal of zero rated items means you’re paying VAT on everything so EVERYTHING is more expensive.
      Raising departure tax makes st.lucia less atttractive to tourists which means less tourism dollars.

  2. Anonymous
    October 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply

    zorro move from there. they are right. ur’ll say ur;ll moving taxes and putting more.. whole bunch of jokers..

  3. Anonymous
    October 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply

    correction not putting more but making it higher..

    1. Anonymous
      October 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm Reply

      yeah man they putting more and more taxes (Words removed)!

    2. Anonymous
      October 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm Reply

      No correction. They have put more and also made it higher

  4. john
    October 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply

    If the taxes were still being collected from when slp won the election, there would be enough money to redevelop the airport.

    1. tttttt
      October 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply

      there will always be an “if” at the risk of what… chasing your tourists… wouldnt benefit our tourism sector

  5. Dacobs
    October 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm Reply

    This is the guy who protested against what he said was the high cost of fuel; cried about the plight of a young mother who could not send her children to school and the fools who said VAT is too burdensome. It had always been predicted yes they will give with one hand but will take with he other. That is precisely what seem to be happening and it is only just about 100 days.

  6. McCee
    October 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm Reply

    The government must reconsider the proposed tourist tax. I am a St.Lucian living in England and visit St. Lucia regularly. The new tax in addition to the pound sterling exchange rate at just over three EC dollars will have a negative impact on the tourism industry. The proposed increase is too steep, any increase should be gradual whilst carefully monitoring the industry to determine the level of increase that can be reached without hurting the delicate tourism industry.

    1. Anonymous
      October 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

      Haha haha well you better start saving all your “pongs” from now if you want to continue visiting “regularly”

  7. me Lee take it
    October 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply

    well they said decrease in vat so they got to earn somewhere I knew somewhere ppl would take plock

  8. Anonymous
    October 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply

    The increase in airport taxes or any other taxes for that matter is really a kick in the eye, after Chastanet promised to decrease vat, which hasn’t been done as yet, but there is talk of increasing taxes. It goes to prove my point, that all governments are the same and the only solution is to send these politicians a strong message”boycott elections” or do anything to show them that we are not happy with the way they govern the country. Too many people are out of a job, too many people earn below average salaries and wages. Cost of goods and services are way too high. Cost of infrastructure is over expended. Politicians wont stop pissing in the eyes of the people and call it rain. Hence we have to take matters in our own hands….

    1. Anonymous
      October 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply

      And your solution is to boycott elections? You realize that there is still a winner boycott or not. Stop being an idiot.

    2. Anonymous
      October 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply

      Effectively April the 1 2017 it will be here take it or live it

  9. Anonymous
    October 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply

    People Who Say It Cannot Be Done Should Not Interrupt Those Who Are Doing It. Blah blah blah. Sour grapes in the wake of 11-6. Let the government implement their strategy. The people gave them 5 years to do it. HOwling at the moon won’t change a damn thing.

    1. Anonymous
      October 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm Reply

      How is this sour grapes when Pip and Kenny can afford to pay the higher taxes (even though they choose to “howl” for the “people”.

  10. Boog Foo
    October 21, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply

    papa muton blanc these taxes are not new. You were the one who replaced it with zero and then in turn increase taxes on the poor people of saint lucia. You were warn that this was a wrong move but you didnt listen. I guess it was a campaign promise and no matter how productive the tax was you were going to remove. papa mutton.

  11. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Woyy sa chos

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