Saint Lucia police on special duty to be taxed?

The Police Welfare Association (PWA) says it has been informed that moves may be afoot to collect revenue for the government from cash earned by moonlighting police officers.

PWA President, Travis Chicot, while making it clear that the association is not adopting a position against such an initiative, asserted that the organisation does not find such a development “fitting” in the “present environment.”

“It is not really the best move now because we know negotiations – we have not heard any word with regard to whether we will have an increase or not,” he explained.

The PWA President said that to burden members of the organisation by collecting revenue from small  payments for off duty employment would not be supported at this time.

According to Chicot, the money made by police officers who moonlight or engage in off duty work for private individuals or companies, also called “special duty”, goes back into the economy.

He was at the time commenting on reports that the Police Commissioner had summoned officers involved in special duties to report to him.

“I had a chat with the Commissioner with reference to the communique and what I know is that this document is an internal document and I am not privy as to how it got out,” the PWA President stated.

He disclosed that based on his discussion with the Police Commissioner, the document was issued in an attempt to regularise special duty and know where officers are participating in off duty work.

Chicot said the PWA has no problem with special duty regularisation.

“However, we have heard a new development in such a matter, where the ears of the Police Welfare Association have been informed that such a move is to  collect revenue on behalf of the government,” Chicot revealed.

“However, the Police Commissioner, in conversation with him, has said carte blanche that this is not what it is and we take the word of the commissioner at this point in time. However, the Welfare Association will do its investigation into the matter,” the PWA President asserted, adding that “not too long from now” the association will summon a news conference regarding the issue.

11 Comments

  1. AA
    April 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    SMH. The only time u see police is when they doing private jobs. This is ridiculous. We paying tax and all dem do is sit in an office. Even Traffic Police eh nowhere to man or make observations on traffic movements. SMH. ridiculous

  2. Varna
    April 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    THAT’S WHAT THEY VOTED FOR….WHOSOEVER DIGGETH A PIT SHALL FALL IN IT!

    1. Lovely
      April 17, 2018 at 4:59 am

      AMEN…PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE!

  3. Protestor
    April 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Finally…..what is wrong with moonlighting police officers paying taxes on their illegal income. In the first place police should be paid according to their performance and should be prohibited from doing extra work even on their off days due to conflict of interest. Ok we know that they earn hefty salaries when moonlighting so why don’t they want to pay income tax again???? Everyone else has to pay so under what law is the moonlighting police officer exempt again??? And for the police welfare unit to say it is not fitting??? What’s the argument here? That police moonlighters are above the law of the land? Man get real. Get up to speed on the tax law my boy.

    1. Daughter of Zion
      April 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Protestor, I love it when people speak inteligently and objectively. Forget all these political comments. The bottom line is there are tax laws that governs what is taxable income . Under Section 34 of the Income Tax Act, it clearly states what is Employment Income and any exemption from tax on monies recieved is stated in Section 25 . As long as these payment recieved by these officer for work done during off duty hours are not exempt under section 25 they are subject to tax. This comment by Mr. Chicot indicates that the company or employers that have engaged the services of these police officers and not deducted taxes from them, either under Section 78 (Contract Tax) or Section 34 (Employment Income) have not complied with the Income Tax laws and should be penalized according to the Act.

  4. Malik
    April 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

    They were givIng Kenny the red finger on Election Day. Allen damn right…they voted for that. Never see a nation of dumb people voting agains themselves. Allen right…don’t give them laptops…take out the distress fund…reduce the fund for special needs children…remove the concession on staples…make the poor poorer…tax everything. Allen damn right…is that they voted for!

  5. Josito Mateo
    April 17, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Bravo to the government of St Lucia. Love this. Chas is doing a wonderful job

  6. Ahonymous guy
    April 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I guess the Police force see who really has their interest at heart nonw huh?

  7. Looking from the outside
    April 17, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    So the guys are earning a second salary (nothing wrong with that of course) but why shouldn’t they pay taxes like everyone else ? It is earned income and is therefore taxable. Simple case!

  8. Nothing wrong with that
    April 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    There is nothing wrong with this. The company I work with employs many police officers and we do deduct withholding tax on them(10% of the total charge to us). This is paid to the government on a monthly basis. Letters are prepared yearly for those officers so they can file for their taxes. Many business places don’t know the laws, Labour code etc.

  9. Anonymous
    April 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    so why can’t they be taxed? when all of us are taxed for our second jobs.

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