St Kitts PM promises no new taxes under current administration
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr Timothy Harris has promised that citizens will not have to worry about any new taxes for the time remaining in his administration’s term in office.
Team Unity – an alliance of the Concerned Citizens’ Movement, the People’s Action Movement, and the People’s Labour Party, led by Harris – assumed power in the February 2015 general elections.
With another year and a half left in office, Harris said the focus is on alleviating poverty.
“No new taxes are contemplated during the life of this Team Unity administration. We believe that through appropriate management, through the consistent growth of the economy and through the necessary administrative efficiencies in tax collection, we believe in reordering our incentive programme, the government will be able to collect adequate revenues to finance the programmes which are required by the people,” he said.
Prime Minister Harris said it was important to initiate programmes to assist the people of St Kitts and Nevis.
He assured that the government stood ready to help where necessary.
“I would say that, by and large, the programmes in which we are engaged are not frivolous programmes. The fact that people are poor and need help is a matter to which we must respond and we must respond appropriately,” he said.
“It is a commitment of this government to do all that we can to alleviate poverty in the country because no one ought to be living demeaning lives and, at the same time, the government through the variety of social and other interventions would want to ensure that people can move from poverty into prosperity.”
The Kittitian leader reminded that alleviating poverty and economically empowering residents form part of the government’s good governance and prosperity agenda.