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From rum to work permits! NDP imposes higher taxes on residents

The National Democratic Party Government has now imposed a new 3% Tax hike on all Hotels and Villas and has also imposed a tax on alcohol. Photo: Internet Sources
The latest tax increases by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government are expected to hurt the small man the most. Photo: Internet Source
The latest tax increases by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government are expected to hurt the small man the most. Photo: Internet Source
Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith told the 2016 Standing Finance Committee, while deliberating the 2016 Budget, that the aim of all these new taxes is to raise some $20 Million dollars. Photo: VINO/File
Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith told the 2016 Standing Finance Committee, while deliberating the 2016 Budget, that the aim of all these new taxes is to raise some $20 Million dollars. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After allegedly raiding the treasury to win the 2015 general elections and, according to the Virgin Islands Party Opposition, civil society and the media, leaving the country broke, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) is now on a tax hike strategy in order to make up for its financial mismanagement.

Tax on work permits & rum

They have imposed higher taxes on everything that moves in the Virgin Islands, from work permits, to hotel, tobacco products, marine fees, passports, departure fees and other government services to name a few.

The new higher taxes imposed by the NDP Administration are expected to hurt the poor the most and raise much needed revenue for a broke treasury.

Many residents who usually do their bar hopping during the August festivities will feel the pinch on the higher cost for alcohol at their favorite bars or festival booths, as the taxes will be passed down by business owners to the little man.

Hotel & Villa Tax gone up

Visitors to the territory or those who want to do a staycation pushed by the BVI Tourist Board will also feel the burden of higher taxes. The Government has now imposed a new 3% tax hike on all hotels and villas. It’s a hike from 7% to 10%, according to a Cabinet decision obtained by this news site last month.

It is unclear if this new higher tax will force more hotels to close their doors. Within the past year, some three hotels have closed and laid off almost 400 workers. They include Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Biras Creek Resort, both on Virgin Gorda.

All the taxes will be passed down to people staying at hotels and villas, according to industry operators.

Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith told this year’s Standing Finance Committee, while deliberating the 2016 Budget, that the aim of all these new taxes is to raise some $20M.

However, critics of the NDP Administration have labeled them the “tax and spend government” who now reportedly left the country broke because of financial mismanagement.

35 Responses to “From rum to work permits! NDP imposes higher taxes on residents ”

  • wow (13/06/2016, 14:55) Like (141) Dislike (0) Reply
    The poor man will suck salt under this gang
    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (16/06/2016, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply


      Mendacity galore!

      Can fool some people some of the time but can't fool all the people all the time.
  • facts man (13/06/2016, 15:03) Like (54) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer
    • concern (13/06/2016, 15:41) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      The tax need to be higher on tobacco it's still to low.
    • ok (13/06/2016, 19:23) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      EVEN SCOTIA BANK TAKING MONTHLY FEES WHILE OTHER BANKS GIVING YOU INTEREST. SCOTIA GETTING FROM BAD TO WORST. SOON WE CANT BUY FOOD. EVERYBODY TAKING SOMTHING
  • well sah, (13/06/2016, 15:08) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
    look how our money getting pinch all kind of how and our pay cheques seem to be running full-speed in reverse. When do we intend to hear about minimum wage increase?
  • Tek dat! (13/06/2016, 15:40) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
    I want the NDP to literally kill ayo for being so disobedient...Ayo was told not to vote for them.
    • wize up (13/06/2016, 17:27) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      Tek dat! : those white envelopes; just could not resist: NDP was paying out more money than VIP last year...
  • we made a big mistake (13/06/2016, 15:42) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    better we had vote for fraser and his crew
    • Oh yeah (13/06/2016, 21:20) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      Now you realize you should have vote for Fraser? Well, if I had known always comes to late buddy. Those white envelopes is like you know when you training a greyhound, they dangle a rabbit on a stick so the dog can trace it around the track. You all put NDP in and now they making your lives a living hell. You all got three more years of hardship. LOL.
      • ha (14/06/2016, 06:40) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        Greed is something else. They got suckered in for a few peanuts in a white envelope. The white envelope can't help you now. You people that voted them in deserved what you are getting under NDP. Soon all of them is going to be sitting in their deluxe mansions looking down on the peasants saying let them eat slop for being stupid.

  • bvi (13/06/2016, 15:43) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will this government talk about raise of people salary but ayo could tax poor an ago jus waisting people hard eating money to full ago pockets an banks account ......we sick ayo now NDP we tired of the night cost of living in this country
  • que (13/06/2016, 15:54) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    It doesn't matter NDP sacrifice this term for personal FINANCIAL GAIN. They could care less when they lose this term and they will because CASTLES being built SIDE CHICS got there house and car etc. The TPP was the only reason for this past election the LOOTING & PLUNDERING over so they going save a little grace and simply move on counting their money. You know how this thing go wait for someone else to screw up then bam we right back in. This country in the TWILIGHT ZONE.
  • Accountability (13/06/2016, 17:31) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem broke so how else dem will get cash for dem reelection
  • Eagle Eye (13/06/2016, 18:52) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots more will go missing
  • wize up (13/06/2016, 19:17) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's only the smoke; NDP still have another 3 years and this time them going down to the last day no more snap election this time around....every thing gone up but the minimum wage not moving: just before the upcoming election NDP will begin the conversation about your minimum wage....
  • ok (13/06/2016, 19:19) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    LETS PROTEST, THIS IS CRAZY
    • wize up (13/06/2016, 19:41) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
      @ ok: who you think is going to protest with you...call Maduro and the 2 Wheatleys not even them will join in any protest with you: it's a very good concept protesting but the protest days are long gone in this territory
  • popolol (13/06/2016, 19:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    u best buy u own one man drink lol, don't look at me. lol whats in my cup stay in my cup! I aint buying no rounds lol
  • facts (13/06/2016, 20:20) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Raise SALARIES & MINIMUM WAGE just as high as the TAXES then you will have a BALANCE! Qualifications of a Politician is in PRINT! Chalkdust take a listen!!! I'm sorry NDP have to GO they need a serious OVERHAUL! Why should they raise taxes at the cost of people's expense, soon Social Security & NEGATIVE HEALTH ISSUES (NHI) will rise too.
  • ...... (13/06/2016, 21:03) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    They need to raise the Alien Land Holder's licenses as well. With locals losing their property, any foreigner trying to pick up property should have to pay dearly.
  • But wait (13/06/2016, 21:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    They may raise the wages but, you will not see it because they are going to snatch it right back in taxes.
  • Tolian (13/06/2016, 22:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow..The NDP and the Government are using our money for their benifits . our paycheck Is turning smaller and smaller like peanut change. Every one is moving to America. Hardship for the next three years. I sorry I was a voter for them. Next three years our Bvi landers , belongers let's come today and PLEASE VOTE the VIP
  • peter tosh (13/06/2016, 22:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the more man ah feel it Ya Yah..Tax gone up everything gone up...
  • disappointed (13/06/2016, 23:13) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    It hurts me to know that the government screwed up all that money on B*LLSH!T and we the POOR HARD WORKING men and women got to feel the pressure ...HMM!!!! Look what NDP Have done to our BVI ...Next time Tola Ppl know VIP IS THE ROUTE
  • well sahree (13/06/2016, 23:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the VIP was in Malone used to say "BLOW THE HOUSE" now the NDP in we sucking salt.
  • lodger (14/06/2016, 02:23) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    As far as I can see the only, or main, increase in taxes that affects locals, is the rise in drink duty. Since the majority of the population do not drink they wont be affected. Obviously bloggers are drinkers!
  • YOLO (14/06/2016, 06:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    i don't drink so i don't care
  • SMH (14/06/2016, 07:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @lodger you're a real stupid A** for thinking that
  • what a mess (14/06/2016, 07:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    with all the money they take to build hotels else where and eateries around the place they should be paying all the small man taxes
  • cay (14/06/2016, 07:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well i cannot blow yhe house any more
  • politics for so (14/06/2016, 19:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I saw that coming a very long time ago. You all wanted a change well you all surely got a HUGE change. NDP all the way soon they will put tax on pads and tampons so back to using cloths lol hahahaha. I know i did not vote them in HELL NO.
  • rebel with a cause (15/06/2016, 00:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These government officials Needs to be try in a court for the mismanagement of tax monies. Now they sit in churches pretending to be serving God while they increasing the taxes on the poor in all categories to make them poorer. The rich will get righ and the poor will get poor. These government officials now we all can see are workers of the DEVIL ungodly
  • qc (15/06/2016, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it takes a willing public to make the scheme work.


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