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AUDIO: Hair tax proposal gets some support

Published: Friday January 10, 2014 | 10:57 am with audio | Comments 0
Hair available in many different colours being sold in downtown Kingston.
Hair available in many different colours being sold in downtown Kingston.
Hairstylist Sudeen Young (standing) puts the finishing touch on a hair style she did for Velvetine Dufus on Princess Street on December 28, 2013. Dufus told The Gleaner she was doing her hair in preparation for church tomorrow. – Photo by Jermaine Barnaby
Hairstylist Sudeen Young (standing) puts the finishing touch on a hair style she did for Velvetine Dufus on Princess Street on December 28, 2013. Dufus told The Gleaner she was doing her hair in preparation for church tomorrow. – Photo by Jermaine Barnaby

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
A recommendation that the Government impose a higher import tax on beauty products like hair, nails, bleaching creams and eyelashes as it seeks to rake in more money is receiving support in some quarters.


This year, it is projected that Jamaica will spend more than $1 billion to import the products.

Yesterday businesswoman Yaneek Page said an imposition of a higher import tax on these products may drive up their prices and reduce demand.

A canvass of the views on the matter in downtown Kingston yesterday revealed that there is some support for the move under certain conditions.

One hairdresser said a tax could be imposed if the Government also provided skills training for persons in the cosmetology industry.

Others felt a tax on such items would be more acceptable than on essentials such as food.

However, there were others who opposed the idea.

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Persons in downtown Kingston share their views on the suggestion to impose a higher tax on hair and other items.
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