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Businesses with unpaid taxes keep getting Gov't contracts- Hon Turnbull

- said monies should be deducted from their contracts
Member of Her Majesty’s Opposition Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) said it is not right that persons owing taxes are still getting contracts from Government. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull has said if business owners should receive contracts, the taxes owed should be deducted. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull has said if business owners should receive contracts, the taxes owed should be deducted. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has spoken out against some of the recently introduced policies relating to labour in the Virgin Islands.

While making his contribution to the budget debate at the House of Assembly (HoA) on Monday, December 14, 2020, Hon Turnbull said employees are the ones being affected.

Some of the policies to renew work permits for expatriates include getting a Certificate of Good Standing from the National Health Insurance (NHI) and Social Security as well as a certificate of earnings from the Inland Revenue Department.

“We heard the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Labour talk about the different fees and requirements for persons on work permit. And, we note that while persons are busy since August or September of this year, employees busy up and down running trying to go to NHI, Social Security and Inland Revenue to get a Good Standing Certificate so that they can be approved to continue to legally live and work in this territory, they are continuously met with the fact that they cannot get one because the employers who have been taking and deducting Inland Revenue, NHI, Social Security taxes have not been paying it to the agencies,” he pointed out.

He added: “And, the people are being told that they have to go to the employer to try and have it work out and then on the flip side of that when they cannot get it worked out, here’s immigration on them, telling them they have to leave.”

Hon Turnbull said that should not be the responsibility of the employee to do.

He explained: “Those agencies should be responsible for collecting the necessary taxes on behalf of these employees and paying them in, make sure they are paid in.”

Some business owners not being pursued for taxes  

Turnbull said, on the other side, there are some business owners who are getting away with unpaid taxes.

“You have business owners who owe government and who owe taxes, hundreds of thousands of dollars and yet when you look government contract there, government contract there, going left, right and centre. And, we think this is right Mr Speaker? But, the people who work and try to pay their taxes when them late, them getting penalised but not a man calling the one who outstanding.”

He continued: “Mr Speaker, we serious? You know John Brown owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, they ain't paid NHI since NHI come in but could be awarded this contract, consultancy here, consultancy there for this ministry, for that ministry, and think people aren't seeing? Mr Speaker, we got to do better, we must do better. It’s not right.”

The Opposition Member said if these business owners should receive contracts, the taxes owed should be deducted.

“Not that I continue to owe and I get paid, and I continue to owe more, and I don’t pay, and nobody wants to address it or talk to you because you are so and so what his name cousin, brother or whatever the case may be. We cannot continue to do this,” Hon Turnbull argued.

17 Responses to “Businesses with unpaid taxes keep getting Gov't contracts- Hon Turnbull”

  • belonger (16/12/2020, 12:39) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    I bahn here. i don't pah taxes
  • Emigrant (16/12/2020, 13:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Bien dicho señor el empleador es el responsable de esa deuda descuentan el seguro el tax y no lo depositan donde tienen que enviarlo

  • You give me 3 (16/12/2020, 13:14) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Funny your Government give me 3. Agree that it is an issue but I got 3 under NDP
    • Deh Watcha (16/12/2020, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The government did not give you anything. You used influence or paid to get your good standings and then you were able to secure a contract.

      It happens all the time in there. Yet they deny others for owing a paltry $1,000.
  • intel (16/12/2020, 14:12) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don’t worry Mitch, they all will be going to jail soon for tax evasion.
    • Humpy (16/12/2020, 19:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tax evasion what, they know all the government weather it's VIP or NDP slack, nothing is going to happen, so that is why these people continues not to pay any type of taxes.
      They are getting some in of the biggest contracts and not paying anything . They are not even paying in for their employees much less, but say one say two the elected officials cannot do anything because they are in the same boat not paying any taxes so how could they go to someone else and tell them to pay up, it have to first start with those in authority
  • Real Macoy (16/12/2020, 14:27) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    You should be ashamed of yourself to brag and say so.
    Your luck soon run out.
  • tola (16/12/2020, 15:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree
  • lol (16/12/2020, 15:54) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mitch, they (BUSINESS OWNERS) have been owing for years? Where were you when NDP was in power? How is it that we did not hear from you at that point?

  • Hush up (16/12/2020, 19:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    All of you all do the same keep givin the rich man more and the poor suffering. Hush ur @#$%%%

  • RedStorm (16/12/2020, 19:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honorable, you hear about this now, this been going on for years, some expat leave this Islands thinking their taxes was paid each month only to find out when them turn 65 there is nothing. There are a few right now who ain’t pay a thing for them workers since Irma. Then it have those who take out the money more than nine hundred in total taxes and pay nothing , and social security taking them sweet time to give a print out. Then it got a few who not paying the full salaries. Now the work permit to renew the cannot get it because the new goal post move to indicate a fifty dollar certificates. It will come a day when all you have here is cheap construction workers. It’s a mess this Islands contributes to then try to make policies so that expat workers have to pay even more. God will say one day if you continue to dabble in sin prepare to face the consequences.
  • Envelopes (16/12/2020, 20:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    still keep coming an extra for Christmas.
  • Vision (16/12/2020, 20:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the condition and needs of your district why is it you never passionately speak about that unless it's something about Jost Van Dyke.
  • black man (17/12/2020, 05:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Island people are going back home because they are not getting a good standard so work permit can be renew
  • Rubber Duck (17/12/2020, 06:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But there is no corruption in BVI.
  • ... (17/12/2020, 07:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch is a good man but you need to fine a party the ndp brand is fire
  • Vision (17/12/2020, 13:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People are trying to survive some cant afford to pay taxes and keep their business open the tax people can delay tax collection, all one time for these unusual circumstances. Why don't you talk about that unprofessional-looking wall your uncle just build around the Police station.

    It needs plastering it looks like he did not even use a vibrator. On the top of it looks rough with gravel stone where is the pride and public works who oversaw this project. Something like that looking so incomplete would never be built around any police station in a country that has pride.

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