One hundred and fifty six million dollars, is what Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says is being owed to the state by Dominican tax payers.
He told reporters at a site visit in Layou Park on Wednesday that $106-million are being owned in taxes and another $50-million for lands and housing.
“Our citizens owe the state $156 million in taxes. I don’t even need the $156-million …. give me half of it and we will be able to address a number of issues that is affecting the people,” he said,
He said the government has implemented several debt collection strategies which are not being honoured by the tax payers.
“We are devising a strategy. We have been offering people to come forward and we will waive the penalties and interests,” he pointed out. “But even after you’ve done that, the people do not honour the commitment to the Ministry of Finance. They do not pay and in some cases the interests were substantial.”
Skerrit said even after penalties are waived, debtors are still seeking dialogue with government to have the entire payments waived.
“People just think once it is government, you don’t have to pay government and these are the same people who want better roads and for government to do more,” he said.