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Tax compliance for all politicians

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2016 | 12:01 AM


The disclosure by the minister of finance of the cost of the opposition leader's Beverly Hills property has polarised veranda discussions for days. I wonder, has Tax Administration Jamaica taken notice of the expenditure on the opposition leader's mansion and has he been assessed on all emoluments?

I was very happy when the tax issues of John-Paul White and Dr Lynvale Bloomfield became known, but why just them? Why is it that all 152 pretenders to Parliament have not been made to disclose whether they are tax-compliant?

Elections have always been an emotionally charged matter for most of us. In a country where corruption is so rife, it is accepted as the norm that holding one to account is always going to be a hard sell. This does not mean it must not be done.

I call upon the Jamaican electorate to start holding their political representatives to account. Being compliant with the tax laws of the country is a good place to start.