The government of Antigua and Barbuda plans to go after hoteliers who fail to pay their fair share of taxes when it implements the Tax Administration Procedure Act (TAPA), according to local media reports.
Prime Minister, Gaston Browne told parliament Friday that his administration will introduce legislation in which leading business principals including hoteliers could be jailed for tax evasion.
“There is no fear in the system,” Antigua Observer quoted Browne as saying.
The new bill will be brought to parliament later this year, the Prime Minister said.
During his contribution in parliament, Browne appealed to the management of Sandals Grande to further reduce their three-month closure period to six weeks.
Initially, Sandals said it was closing the hotel for five months to undertake maintenance work, a move that upset the government.
The hotel then said the closure would be for three months.
In a press release, the resort reaffirmed its commitment to the country as it seeks to renovate the property to maintain its title of World’s Best, a title it has held for 23 consecutive years.