Sta­te ‘earns’ ad­di­ti­o­nal SRD 5 mil­li­on

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Le­gis­la­tors on Mon­day amen­ded the In­co­me Tax Law. As a re­sult of the amend­ment the Sta­te will earn an ad­di­ti­o­nal SRD 5 mil­li­on eve­ry year. The amend­ment will go in­to ef­fect on Ja­nu­a­ry 1, 2017. It is clear that ma­ny le­gis­la­tors from the co­a­li­ti­on as well as the op­po­si­ti­on could not com­pre­hend the sub­ject mat­ter due to its tech­ni­cal na­tu­re. “It is not about a me­a­su­re ai­med at rai­sing in­co­me but about cor­rec­ting a fis­cal er­ror,” said Fi­nan­ce Mi­nis­ter Gill­m­o­re Hoef­draad. “We are not ta­king away any in­co­me from any­bo­dy, We ate just not gi­ving back what be­longs to the Sta­te,” as­su­red Mi­nis­ter Hoef­draad. Due to the high num­ber of res­ti­tu­ti­on re­quests, about a thou­sand eve­ry year, the Tax Of­fi­ce was turning in­to a pay­ment of­fi­ce. “We ha­ve ini­ti­a­ted the re­forms.” The op­po­si­ti­on, howe­ver, in­sisted that the me­a­su­re will af­fect the pe­o­p­le. By kee­ping about SRD 5 mil­li­on, mo­ney is being wit­h­held from the pe­o­p­le. MP Pa­tri­cia Et­nel (NPS) and MP Wil­li­am Wai­doe (PL) ex­pres­sed their cri­ti­cism. MP Chan­dri­ka­persad San­tok­hi (VHP) dee­med the amend­ment as one of the me­a­su­res that are not ai­med at boos­ting pur­cha­sing po­wer in or­der to get through the fi­nan­ci­al cri­sis. He re­fer­red to the most re­cent re­port from the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Mo­ne­ta­ry Fund (IMF) to sup­port his sta­te­ment. But the head of par­li­a­ment ma­de it clear that the­re was no link bet­ween the do­cu­ment and the par­li­a­men­ta­ry dis­cus­si­on. MP And­re Mi­sie­ka­ba, le­a­der of the fac­ti­on of co­a­li­ti­on MPs, poin­ted out that it was clear that the op­po­si­ti­on was sei­zing the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ma­ke ir­re­le­vant po­li­ti­cal sta­te­ments. “The op­po­si­ti­on has not un­der­stood the law. They used the law as a sta­ge to say other things.” The amend­ment was adop­ted af­ter 31 MPs had vo­t­ed in fa­vor of it. 14 MPs had vo­t­ed against it.

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