CCC defends VAT for vendors

The Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) has defended a decision to impose Value Added Tax (VAT) on vendors.

The fifteen percent VAT became effective with invoices distributed to vendors at the end of November, 2016.

The Communications Manager at the council, Jason Hullingseed, explained that since the introduction of VAT in 2012, the organization has not been collecting the tax from vendors.

Hullingseed said the VAT office advised the council to implement the measure for vendors.

He explained that the CCC will be meeting with the vendors.

“They do need to understand that a business approach needs to be taken at the council,” Hullingseed told the Times.

He noted that the CCC, which already had its own financial challenges,  had been absorbing the VAT for a long time now.

According to information obtained by the Times, the council incurs about half a million dollars in losses every year due to the non-payment of the tax by vendors.

The President of the Vendors’ Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac however told the Times that the new tax flies in the face of the government’s announced policy of protecting small business people and lower income citizens.

“It goes against the grain of what the government is doing now – government is trying to reform the whole tax system, bringing down the VAT and trying to exempt small businesses from paying taxes because it has been said that small businesses have been hurt by the VAT,” the Vendors’ Association President stated.

He said already the CCC is complaining about arrears owed by vendors and taxing the $120 that they have to pay monthly for rental and tickets will create further problems.

“We have no guarantee that we are going to make money when ships come because things are hard,” Isaac explained.

Isaac disclosed plans to dispatch a petition to the Minister with Responsibility for Local Government, protesting the imposition of VAT.

“This is all coming without any type of consultation,” he observed.

Isaac recalled that just last week the Castries Constituencies Council had a meeting with vendors and there was no mention of imposing the fifteen percent VAT.




  1. Lucian
    December 1, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    lol Woyeeee Sha Chaut, Look “CHANGE” Take it

    1. Anonymous
      December 2, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Sounds like the SLP hacks couldnt wait for something to jump on…SLP yall have drowned already….stop trying to catch the straw!!!

      1. Anonymous
        December 2, 2016 at 11:02 am

        The sad thing is the whole country is drowning with the UWP now

      2. Anonymous
        December 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

        Its sad for those who went down with SLP…they have sunk…not the whole country

  2. Guava Jelly
    December 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    En chou zot mi vat la ek cricket la mange sa. en chou zot!

  3. Fesel
    December 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Haaaa Lucians u’ll eat D soup tainted with yellow fever an HAWASAW but smoke HAWASAW is a ting does stink under fire so take u’ll PLOCK dah is wah u put in d soup dah is wah u go get.

  4. Anonymous
    December 1, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Mnew faceh. Yo pe. Take it now. When chastnet was coming to the vendors during the election you’ll were happy and said all things about Kenny. Now look it. They right. They should put the vat at 20 percent

  5. bad boy
    December 2, 2016 at 9:01 am

    lol lol lol look it take it IPA KDAwas BADDDDDDDD LOOK WHO BAD YOU ALL EH WORTH NADA saying all kinds of fings about the man A DECENT MAN KDA but he is gone the man was doing his best with what he haf but wa no you all want more well look it MOREEEEEEEEE

  6. TC
    December 2, 2016 at 9:38 am

    yessa……………….. Take it … no body not talking about our passport is worth a horse… The desert star holding ur’ll (Expression deleted) wanted take that too… Kenny took tooo long to look at it, u know y because he saw the foolishness in it…

  7. Rafiq Mohammed
    December 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I’m so loving this. IPA it was Kenny must go and Yo Pe. Don’t cry IPA you should continue going to Aussie boy office like you were doing prior to the 2016 elections. When was the last time you guys saw the UWP politicians walk through the market? The PM is always in a rush when he’s on the road. No time to see people with endless sirens blaring and police escort.

  8. TC
    December 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

    they right to put it…

    on the next move wher eis slaps and all the uwp fXXXkery groups to tellus about CIP…. we want a referundum now…..