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LETTER OF THE DAY - Taxed, and taxed some more

Published:Thursday | April 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to Dr Peter Phillips.

In response to your Budget speech last week, please note carefully the following:

First and foremost, you need to and should realise that you are burdening the PAYE (taxpayers) in every way possible. Taxpayers are taxed at least 31.5 per cent of their salaries each month. Then pay is sent to the bank or the employee is now given a cheque; the same taxpayer will be taxed again when he/she pays his/her bills or purchases groceries.

Note carefully also that when the grocery is being purchased using your bank card, the individual is required to pay the point-of-sale fee charged by the bank, GCT which is charged on almost all the items as very few items are exempt, and now we will be taxed an additional $1 per $1,000 on the items purchased or for the bill paid. Individuals, especially public-sector workers, are already burdened with the rising costs for food, utility bills, and other living expenses. Please note carefully, all of these increases and taxes are taking place on the same frozen salary from 2007.

As for the residents in Portmore, especially if you live in and around the Edgewater/Passagefort area, you are basically paying to enter your homes. It is as if you are being punished to live in Portmore as the toll was forced on the residents, and even the courts seem to have conspired with the Government, this same Government which is currently serving, when they ruled that the 'Ferry route' was an alternative.

we cannot bear it anymore

Mr Finance Minister, we, the public-sector workers, cannot bear it anymore. Well, sir, I humbly ask that you do not rob us any further of the little pittance that we are taking home. We are barely able to feed our family. Some of us are going to work without lunch or lunch money.

Mr Finance Minister, "Wi back bruk". Madam Prime Minister, you have been very silent on all these happenings, have you forgotten the poor? I recommend that you do whatever is required to get the persons who are not paying over the taxes that they are collecting to do so, and ease us of the burden.



Public Sector Worker