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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, February 5, 2016
The Board of Inland Revenue (BIR)
will deal with culprits charging more
than the 12.5 Value Added Tax rate
where necessary. Fast food establish-
ments should also be using the 12.5
per cent VAT rate, Communications
Minister Maxie Cuffie has said.
He spoke about the issue at yesterday s
post-Cabinet media conference at the
Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
On the issue concerning implemen-
tation of the new 12.5 per cent VAT rate,
which became effective last Monday,
Cuffie said the Trade Minister had estab-
lished a hotline (800-4277) for con-
sumers to call in concerns.
Cuffie said the Trade Minister said
she had gotten calls and the hotline was
being used. "She also said people have
been calling in from supermarkets," he
The Trade Minister also announced
that a team of ten inspectors from the
Consumer Affairs Division would be on
patrol to monitor merchants and other
suppliers to ensure proper compliance
with the new VAT rate.
Asked what sanctions or measures
could be taken in instances where people
were charging more than the 12.5 per
cent rate on items which do not have
this, Cuffie said there were measures
the BIR could take to treat with that
situation." The situation could be dealt
with through the VAT office," he said.
Asked about restaurant and fast food
outlets in particular which may be over-
charging VAT, he said there was VAT
on certain types of rice, flour and other
items on the Finance Ministry had pro-
vided "but not on fast foods, so all fast
food outlets should have changed their
rates of VAT and dropped it from 15 per
cent to 12.5 per cent."
On uncertainty by booksellers who
have also complained about specifics
on the VAT issue, Finance Minister Colm
Imbert has said he would publish a list
of the items which carried VAT and
those without VAT in a pullout in the
newspaper this weekend to clarify the
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Prime Minister Keith Rowley will make
a presentation on crime when he
attends his first Caricom meeting---the
27th Intersessional conference---over
February 16 to 17 in Belize.
Communication Minister Maxie Cuffie,
announcing this yesterday, said Rowley
would leave February 15.
He will be accompanied to the meeting
by a 12-member delegation, including
the Minister of Foreign and Caricom
Affairs and Minister in the Ministry of
National Security Dennis Moses. Other
members of the delegation are largely
officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Cuffie was unable to say if Finance
Minister Colm Imbert would again act
as Prime Minister as happened when
Rowley was overseas recently. (GA)
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