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The manufacturing sector especially has long prayed for an amendment to Schedule 1 of the VAT Act; in particular, the absence of a tax exemption for locally produced “educational supplies”. As Prime Minister Allen Chastanet explained in Parliament on Tuesday, “educational supplies” under the Value Added Tax Act, Cap 15.42 (VAT Act) include “newspapers, trade catalogues and advertising matter, magazines and books and patterns and samples with no commercial value.”

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Following several weeks of uncertainty surrounding the constitutional challenge by Martinus Francois over parliament’s failure to elect a deputy Speaker, a hearing of the case took place on Thursday. Justice Agnes Actie had earlier ruled that Francois had incorrectly served the Speaker’s secretary and not Speaker Daniel himself. On Tuesday, the Speaker confirmed at the start of the day’s House sitting that he had finally been served on October 27—four days before the matter was to be heard.


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Andrew Henderson is the founder and managing partner of Nomad Capitalist, a business that assists clients in the acquisition of second passports, the establishment of foreign bank accounts and other complementary pursuits. STAR Businessweek correspondent Ed Kennedy spoke with Andrew on the contemporary landscape of tax, Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) and the impact of political volatility on the industry.

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In its April 26, 2007 edition the Jamaica Gleaner features a story under the following headline: Anthony Criticizes VAT as Oppressive and Undesirable for Workers and Poor! The paper reported that Prime Minister John Compton, who recently had unseated Anthony as Saint Lucia’s prime minister, that week had announced in parliament that the consumption tax would be introduced within a year, “saying it was necessary as a much needed revenue earner for Saint Lucia . . .”

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Saint Lucia’s Earlyca Frederick has captured the crown at the Miss Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) pageant which was held in Dominica on Friday night. The pageant was last held in 1999 and has been dormant ever since. Six beauties from OECS countries participated in the event which was held at the Windsor Park ...

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has asked for the nation’s continued prayers and support amid work to deliver on the completion of the St Jude Hospital. In a message posted on his official Facebook page, Chastanet described the initiative as “this critical project.” He announced that Thursday afternoon, along with Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban […]

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6:00 pm Weather Report Date: 1st November 2019 Forecaster: Maclean Jn Baptiste Present weather at Hewanorra Airport is partly cloudy. Present weather at GFL Charles Airport is partly cloudy. Present temperature at Hewanorra Airport 29 °C or 84 °F. Today’s maximum temperature at Hewanorra Airport was 32 °C or 90 °F. Wind at Hewanorra Airport ...

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