New Testament Baptist Church presents lecture on taxes

POSTED: 05/7/12 1:21 PM

St. Maarten – In commemoration of its 55th anniversary, which was celebrated last year, the New Testament Baptist Church embarked on a number of community outreach programs that will take place during its anniversary year.

One of the programs which took place in December 2011, was the donation of exercise machines to several organizations involved with seniors on St. Maarten, the St. Martin Home in St. John, the Senior Citizen Recreation Center in the Hope Estate and the Home away from Home, which meets at the John Larmonie Center. The recently established Aging with Grace Foundation was also donated an exercise machine as a door-prize for the Christmas Karaoke Festival in December 2011.

Another part of the NTBC anniversary outreach program is the organization of a series of lectures on health and on finances that will be taking place in the upcoming months.

The first lecture will be about taxes and on filling in the income tax forms that were recently sent out.

Tax inspector Maria Bass has been invited by the New Testament Baptist Church to provide information on taxes to its members and to the public.

According to Pastor Smith of the New Testament Baptist Church, too many people are ignorant of the need for paying their taxes and do not know how to handle them. He is of the opinion that many people fail to file their taxes because they do not know how to do this, not because they are acting in bad faith.

With the deadline for submission of the 2011 tax returns coming up at the end of May, Pastor Smith is inviting the public to come out and get the relevant information to get equipped to be able file the taxes for 2011.

“With St. Maarten becoming a new nation, additional responsibilities and expenditure are required and the population must be informed why the collection of taxes is a necessity and a moral obligation,” Pastor Smith stated in a press release.

The lecture will take place this Tuesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the Robert Mayer Center at the New Testament Baptist Church, in Philipsburg, next to KFC.

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