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Taxes and what to do about them
Dear Editor, The government (the political class and the bureaucrats responsible for taxation) are saying the country is going off the fiscal cliff, and the only answer is a value-added tax (VAT). Yet the advice of many tax experts is whatever you ...
Is the press against the PLP?
Dear Editor, Myths are very hard to dispel, especially if they are deeply entrenched in Bahamian culture. One commonly held myth which has been around since time immemorial is the view that the press is heavily slanted towards the Free National Move...
A freedom of information act before VAT
Dear Editor, Dear Mr. Government, if with the implementation of VAT, you will get unconditional access to my books and record keeping without notice then I should have access to yours. If you want to prove that I'm paying my fair share of taxes the...
Bills don’t take themselves to Parliament
Dear Editor, The government advised on Wednesday past that it would not open debate on the new Gaming Bill as scheduled because of the increased disagreement within its own ranks against some provisions in the bill which are discriminatory against B...
Dear Editor, The prime minister last week said that the timing of the implementation of VAT was within his purview as prime minister. He then indicated that the date to delay or at a minimum to change the proposed date for the introduction of the ne...
Hubert Minnis in The No Spin Zone
Dear Editor, The number one Facebook group in The Bahamas is The No Spin Zone. The group boasts a membership of upwards of 15,000, give or take. As far as I can tell, the overwhelming majority of the members are not active in the group.&...
Greg Moss stands to lose nothing by opposing his party
Dear Editor, Prime Minister Perry Christie may very well be annoyed that the stiffest challenge to his proposed gaming and VAT bills is coming from several Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) members of Parliament, including a Cabinet member, rather tha...
Problems at the downtown cruise port
Dear Editor, I have vacationed in Nassau many times and love it. Lately I’ve been cruising the islands with Nassau being one of the stops. Upon leaving the ship and going into Festival Place downtown, I and three friends looked for a ladies...
Revenue generation: The great debate
Dear Editor, The current prime minister, Perry Gladstone Christie (PLP-Centreville), is an intelligent, suave and motivated politician. Yes, I do have political and philosophical differences with him but they pale relative to the intensity of ...
Customs tariffs and VAT
Dear Editor, When customs currently applies its one percent processing fee to the total value of imports, is that inclusive of your imported items that are designated as duty free? If that is so, it means the government did more than just c...
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