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Leader of Government business in Senate defends tax package

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 1:25 PM
Johnson Smith

The Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith, is insisting that the new income tax policy will help Jamaicans.

She made the declaration in the Senate this morning as she opened the debate on the Budget.

The Opposition has argued that the income tax promise was ill-conceived and the cause of higher and new taxes.

However, Johnson Smith argued that Jamaicans, like teachers and the police, need the extra money to make ends meet and to "move up in life".

She said the policy shows that the Andrew Holness administration can achieve growth where others couldn't.


Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Come April 1, the portion of people's income that will not be taxed will be raised to $1.5 million, up from just over $1 million.

This will be phase two of the give back election promise by the Holness administration.

A switch from direct taxes to indirect taxes on things like goods and services is being done to raise the almost $30 billion lost to the income tax reform.