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Tax department turns Gestapo

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM


It is with a sense of embarrassment that I watched on television the Tax Administration and police raid on Digicel Jamaica's compound. This exercise of raw power reminds me of photos I have seen of the Gestapo.

I have absolutely no problem with the collection of taxes. All persons who are eligible MUST pay or be made to pay. What I have a serious problem with is the manner in which this activity was carried out.

Digicel has been a good corporate citizen. Are we going to allow Gestapo tactics to terrify and frustrate the company?

Let's take a few things into consideration.

1. Digicel is one of the largest employers in an economy in flux.

2. Digicel had its choice of where to build its headquarters. It chose Jamaica.

3. Digicel is good for Jamaica.

4. Jamaica is good for Digicel (warts and all).

Something is very wrong with a state institution that terrorises the few persons who choose to invest millions in our country. Then there are the bandwaggonists who are seeking popularity and relevance by jumping on juicy stories.

These are some of the same persons who cause companies to leave our shores. I can remember Goodyear Jamaica Limited, which packed its bags.

Find another way to deal with Digicel if it is not paying its fair share.