The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The prom­ise of eco­nomic re­lief for the cit­i­zens of St. Kitts and Nevis by the gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity is com­ing to fruition as Value Added Tax (VAT) will be taken off of all food, medicine and fu­neral ex­penses ef­fec­tive April 07, 2015.

“Not only will this ease the tax bur­den on fam­i­lies in our fed­er­a­tion, it will stim­u­late eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity which will cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for many,” noted Prime Min­is­ter Dr. the Hon. Ti­mothy Har­ris. “Team Unity promised a bet­ter way, we promised pros­per­ity for all and this ini­tia­tive rep­re­sents a fresh start on that new jour­ney. Our pri­or­ity will al­ways be to en­sure pros­per­ity for all.”

The re­cent an­nounce­ment of the re­moval of VAT has re­ceived pos­i­tive re­gional at­ten­tion as the Civil Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion in St. Lu­cia has urged its gov­ern­ment to “fol­low the lead” of the gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity.

A num­ber of lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als also weighed in on the re­moval of VAT.

“The VAT re­ally digs into our pock­ets,” said one con­sumer. “Now you can bal­ance your­self out be­cause you’ll be sur­prised at the end of the month how much money you save.”

“It will make you want to get more stuff,” said an­other. “There are a lot of peo­ple who say they are not go­ing to shop un­til af­ter April 7.”

An­other in­di­vid­ual shared that “it is an ease for poor peo­ple. Even if you save 10 cents or 50 cents it’s bet­ter for all.”

“It’s an ex­cel­lent idea be­cause I’m go­ing to save money,” said one gen­tle­man. “I could af­ford to buy more or I can keep buy­ing the same amount and still save money.”

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