St. Maarten’s Prime minister wants more flexibility in tax collection

POSTED: 04/5/12 12:50 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has disclosed that she will be discussing with the Democratic Party Members of Parliament “some ways of flexibility as far as the collection of taxes is concerned.” The prime minister made this announcement on Wednesday at the weekly Council of Ministers press briefing.

“Things like hot lines and help desks are indispensible during this exercise and I will be discussing with our factions in parliament. Even if tax payers are at fault, after all, paying taxes is every-one’s duty; you ‘can’t get blood out of stone.’ And I make this plea for especially the small tax payer, the salary earners.”

The prime minister said that she continually stresses the importance of the tax administration communication with the general public.

“We are updating our tax administration and tax base during economically challenging times, yet there is much catching up to do. I encourage the population to work with us and I have asked those responsible to approach persons in an open and accessible way,” the prime minister said.

Additionally, St. Maarten has received it annual listings of treaties for consideration by the Kingdom. One of the treaties being proposed for ratification by the Parliaments in 2012 is one that dates back to the ‘Antillean days’ that addresses the exchange of tax information between the former Antillean islands and several other Caribbean islands such as Bermuda, St.Kitts and St.Vincent.


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