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PM steered clear of withdrawal tax in Budget presentation

Published:Tuesday | April 29, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has declined to speak on the controversial withdrawal tax on deposit taking institutions.

The Government has been heavily criticised for the proposed tax with some Jamaicans calling the action of the Administration unconscionable and cruel.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon Simpson Miller said she has taken note of the concerns about the tax.

She said Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips will address the matter when he closes the Budget Debate tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Opposition members of parliament this afternoon took part in a silent protest of the tax.

Speaking through his official Twitter account, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness pointed out that opposition Members of Parliament wore black to Parliament today as a show of protest.

Holness maintained that the tax is unfair.

On Sunday, the Opposition said it was prepared to organise street demonstrations to protest the withdrawal tax.

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