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Cabinet to discuss property tax pushback

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:36 AM
In this 2016 file photo Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaks during an open session of Cabinet at the Office of the Prime Minister.

The public pushback at increases in property taxes is expected to be among the issues discussed by Cabinet today.

Information Minister, Ruel Reid, had indicated that the Government has taken note of the concerns and will discuss the matter.

There has been huge backlash over the increase in property taxes after the Government implemented the 2013 valuation roll.

The new rates took effect on Saturday.

The Government had been using property values from the 2002 exercise to determine property taxes.

Some property owners have complained that they have seen their property taxes jump by as high as 1,000 per cent.

Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, and Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) have indicated that there are measures in the law that allow persons who have difficulty paying their property taxes to get relief.

The TAJ has advised that property owners who want to challenge their land valuations can file a notice of objection with the Commissioner of Lands.