No new taxes – PM Skerrit

PM Skerrit
PM Skerrit

There will be no taxes in the 2013-2014 national budget to be presented in Parliament later this month.

Prime Minister Skerrit made the announcement just moments ago at a news conference.

“There is a case for new taxes,” Skerrit said in response to a  question from the media, “there’s always a case for taxes.”

He said instead of imposing new taxes, the government’s approach is to seek grant and concessionary loans to finance government projects.

Earlier this week the prime minister announced that budget date is July 24.

He indicated that there will be increased spending on the health sector.


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  1. DA/can Wth a Brain
    October 9, 2014

    PM Skere It is scaring you guys while pretending he is not. It’s an old trick imy people. It’s an old trick. Be warned!!!!!! If he wins the election I can guarantee you he wil come back in just under 2 years with a whole long story and fake numbers to cry to you, apologize profusely , souyez wim while he doing it, and give allu a cock-and-bull story of why he had to raise taxes or slap brand new taxes on allu backs. That is guaranteed. If old Mr Bush, who I liked even as a Democrat did it to us in the US, you think ScareO wouldn’t do it to allu. Man, its is called REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY. He is simply fooling allu.. Wake up, ppl. Think for yourself. Think think think

  2. DA/can Wth a Brain
    October 9, 2014

    Well, old Prez Bush said it and the joke is he still raised taxes on us in the US. That scam and con job never works. So PM

  3. roch
    July 15, 2013

    Mr skerrit have a degree in psychology that what he’s using to play with dominicans mind. after four years of tax increases and poverty, he know dominicans will forget all that misery for cement, galvernize and some rum. You will see his supporters that was crying broke for 4 years on his truck say skerrit is god because he give them a t-shirt, and are 100. after all the sewo the night before election they will voted him back. skerrit putting his masters to work 4 years of college paying of for him.

    • DNO
      July 15, 2013

      That degree must be for ‘Child Psychology’ because Dominicans are acting as little Children waiting on Skeritt for red T-Shirt, some Belfast Special, and three sheets of Galvanize.

  4. Gilda-Rae Grell
    July 14, 2013

    I have a feeling allu believe its simple and easy to run a country. Don’t you all realize that any body you replace Skerrit with will have the same trouble??? A country always needs more and more money to run successfully. If you want your country to be successful, you have to pay for it, if you cannot pay for it, you apply for a grant, and hopefully a richer country will grant you one.

  5. John
    July 14, 2013

    The shoe will increase taxes after the election.. Kicking the people of dominica in the back.

  6. John Paul
    July 13, 2013

    Let us try to be sensible with this “No new Taxes” Issue.When the cost of living escalates we pay more for goods and services.True?Ok the nature of the VAT “Value Added Tax” is that though the percentage remains the same We pay more when the price of commodities increase.So don’t be fooled We will pay more Tax!
    Skeritt bowling a goog lee as usual!

  7. On my Knees
    July 13, 2013

    No new taxes until after he gets re-elected.

  8. DNO
    July 13, 2013

    DNO is Skeritt boom boom fly….hahahahaha

  9. President
    July 13, 2013

    But in 2015 2016, you will make up for 2013 2014. hmmm. hold the fort Election is around the turn.

  10. missmostdominican
    July 13, 2013

    eh ben wah papa election close but wait till after election, skerro ka bon ba zot

  11. Frabo
    July 13, 2013

    “No taxes in 2013 and 2014.” They will be compounded on your backs come 2015 on-wards. Don’t say I didn’t warn you all. WARNING: Don’t vote for SKERITT! he is sinking the Country in depth debt.

  12. concerned
    July 13, 2013

    Mr PM , what else would you tax ? Are you expected to be applauded for that ? As a matter of fact this statement is not even beleivable……Trust me the HIDDEN tax is somewhere… if the citizens look hard enough they will find it ! !

  13. Pedro
    July 13, 2013

    Where is the investments in the Productive Sector?
    Where is the investments in the future the Country.

  14. anonymous2
    July 13, 2013

    There are already too many taxes. He was suppose to have lowered the VAT, but no. Too many taxes at the port povertizing people for want of basic goods. Nothing like a captive audience.

  15. eyes wide open
    July 13, 2013

    no more taxes but yet still the cost of living is so dam high $100 is like 5 cent now

  16. Canefield
    July 13, 2013

    “Read my lips, there will be no new taxes in the next budget.”
    Same ole same ole, when will Dominicans learn that Skerritt is using the same ole trick that politicians have been using for many years now.
    My people , you have been voting for these guys for 15 years now and Dominicans are still racing to leave, no jobs, truckers are demonstrating, the justice system is in tartars, Roseau looks just like it was in Freedom party times, the sporting facilities for the youths have declined, Windsor Park used to host OECS basket ball ,Football, volley-ball and netball, what do we have now? Do you remember the good old days? In today’s world, all concerned leaders want more and better for their peoples, (eg, St,Kitts) but in Da we have less to work with, and you want to tell me that you still think this DLP is doing a good job>!?
    I can’t wait to vote them out,

    • amen
      July 14, 2013

      amen to that .. I cant wait to vote them out too!

  17. July 13, 2013

    After all what is said and done, we still voting them in. A government can’t just put itself there you know. All we do is run our mouth and vote them in. If the people was dissatisfied with the government, they would have voted them out already. Take all you blows…stupessssssssssss

  18. PetProjects
    July 13, 2013

    I am home thinking….After 13 years of the labour party lazy policies ur telling me tht the United Workers Party can’t capitalize on Mr Skerrit mad comments?? Hector speaks to ghetto in my view,The UWP needs a solid team with bold ideas…Not the same old shxt they been saying since they lost the 2005 election..Mr Edison their is so much lies skerrit can say , we in the diaspora realize his just a kid in a old blk jacket… Come sell us ur bold ideas n i’m sure we will b able to donate to ur party once u get a good educated team in place!…FYI those clowns u hav speaking on for the UWP on Thursday nites, it aint good, all sound uneducated,just like the fools on Kair FM ..Matt/Lennox/Angelo sound much better..

  19. ???????????
    July 12, 2013

    Why are you all complaining and destroying yourselves with hatred against one man a son of the soil. So as soon as he opens his mouth whether he makes sense or not, a lot of you are showing the “unwarranted” hatred towards one man. Time to unshackle yourselves from hatred slavery and give a little love to one another. Give a little love , you got to give a little love because God loves us and wants us to turn from our wicked ways and seek him and to repent and this includes doing away with the poisonous hatred in our hearts. Pray for your leaders .. the commandment of the Lord.

    • Honesty is .........
      July 14, 2013

      Talking truth to power is not hatred. It’s the truth that will set you free. If you love me, tell me where I falter. Don’t be blinded by your love.

  20. Free Thinker
    July 12, 2013

    Who have eyes to see let them see, who have ears to hear let them hear!!!

    The VAT and Income Tax have taken their tole on the spending power of the population. Salaries die at the supermarket!
    The capital city is almost like a ghost town during the weak days. Even the Chinese stores are empty!

  21. Looking
    July 12, 2013

    “Read my lips”

  22. magwe sa
    July 12, 2013

    so basically we are going to beg from other countries???

  23. %
    July 12, 2013

    Stuppesssssssssssssssssssssss. Get rid of these leaders at the nest general election.They are highly incapable,and have impoverished the country.

  24. John
    July 12, 2013

    why make a new VAT tax when they can just increase the current tax to 24 to 35 on everything…

  25. Rastafari
    July 12, 2013

    Poor-likkle-trics @ work again. Sorry for Dominicans who have to bear the brunt of this mess they created! :(

  26. Frank Talker
    July 12, 2013

    While tax increase is always unwelcome news to taxpayers, I believe this time around the nation would have loved to hear something other than “no new taxes”. More important than keeping the taxes as they are, are interventions required to move the economy. We have been at a stand-still for too long and the average Dominican would welcome a budget which would target employment, cost-of-living reduction, electricity rates, agriculture, crime, small business creation, tertiary education, rural development, foreign investments and the like. And if tax had to go up in order to get these things, many of us would not mind because the distributiion of wealth in the economy would benefit us too. So, I am not elated as somee folks may be about this “no new tax” budget. Skerrit and Co cannot approach the future with confidence in foreign aid and donations by friendly governments. We need to build wealth from within and this is what the budget should be about.

  27. Hey Hey
    July 12, 2013

    invisible taxes and more invisible taxes

  28. Doc. Love
    July 12, 2013

    How many years have Dominicans been hearing the same refrain.This refrain appears to be more popular then Salaman Woolay or Erica. :lol:

  29. Midwife
    July 12, 2013

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Mr. Skerrit I not sleeping again, I am wide awake!

  30. ha-ha
    July 12, 2013

    he cant pay them ppl for drivin truck.but he wanna fix his village road……..hmmmmmmm.

    • ???????????
      July 12, 2013

      Why don’t you learn how Government works? Grant and loans cannot be used at whims and fancies. So one can have funds (be it Grant or Loan) and not to be used for something else. Also funds can run short or not disbursed on time to pay. Those things do happen so do not mix the two projects.

      Some persons need to educate themselves before they make those comments.

  31. sakafete
    July 12, 2013

    hmmm! grants and more grants. Is that all we have come to now?

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      Who in Dominica will assist Dominica if it does not receive grants? Put on your thinking cap. Some of you write without thinking. All you see in your mind and ahead of you is negativity.
      How much tax do you pay? How many people are paying taxes in Dominica to sustain it, to pay civil servants, for necessary repairs, constructions and for the establishments of certain services? You cannot obtain this without paying fair share of taxes. The money must come from somewhere. Thank God there will be no tax increase.
      You are one lucky person and you do not realize it. When you read intelligent comments, make a note of them and also retain them in your memory, if you have a good memory for later reference.

    • Gilda-Rae Grell
      July 14, 2013

      How else will Dominica finance things?

      • Fab Massive !
        July 14, 2013

        You ever heard of actually having products to export ? But no, the country is run on taxes, grants and loan. This is surely not sustainable. The amount of tax people like me pay in this country annually we could build a house cash in 4 years ! What a wonderfully imaginative and resourceful government !

  32. MustLaugh
    July 12, 2013

    Last time I see “NO TAXES” I see “VAT”. I still can’t believe the reporters let them get away with that. It is my ignorance man, VAT not a tax…hmmm… RAMEN RAMEN RAMEN.

    • octo
      July 12, 2013

      NO NEW TAXES. While the VAT is a tax, there will be no new taxes or increase in taxes including VAT.
      Check it out. Civil Servants get paid on time sometimes before time. It appears to me that you are disappointed as you were expecting new taxes or increase in taxes so you would have chain to roll your mouth or your fingers.

    • Giraudel man
      July 13, 2013

      well ramen is the cheapest food out now $1.15 VAT inclusive by the chinese :lol: :lol: :lol: made in china for people like us…

    • laba right
      July 13, 2013

      well ramen is the cheapest food out now $1.15 VAT inclusive by the chinese :lol: :lol: :lol: made in china for people like us…

  33. Massacre
    July 12, 2013

    I can’t believe that Dominicans are still listening to what Skeritt has to say.
    After all these failed policies that this DLP have put in place and have not seen any raise in employment, how can we continue to give these guys a chance.
    Vote them out.!

  34. DC
    July 12, 2013

    This is a PM who cares, and pays attention to the cries of his people. He will no doubt be re-elected. While the very weak Opposition spends so much time complaining, even though, they keep saying election is soon, the PM is busy attending to the needs of his people. Even if a new Party was launched, it is too late to have any significant impact on the people. You must do the ground work, aggressive campaigning online won’t cut it. UWP, learn from the wise leader will you!

    • July 12, 2013

      you must be brain dead, if you think skerrit care about you or anybody else, 10 years i politic and he already worth billions?? TAKE OUT THE LASSY IN YOUR EYES :)

  35. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013

    I guess the loans are never to be paid back?

    • DominicanQueen
      July 12, 2013

      Ignorance is the number one KILLER or ALL black people!!!!

      Grants are non-repayable funds disbursed by one party (grant makers), often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, often (but not always) a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. In order to receive a grant, some form of “Grant Writing” often referred to as either a proposal or an application is usually required.

      Most grants are made to fund a specific project and require some level of compliance and reporting. The grant writing process involves an applicant submitting a proposal (or submission) to a potential funder, either on the applicant’s own initiative or in response to a Request for Proposal from the funder. Other grants can be given to individuals, such as victims of natural disasters or individuals who seek to open a small business. Sometimes grant makers require grant seekers to have some form of tax-exempt status, be a registered nonprofit organization or a local government.

      For example, tiered funding for a freeway are very large grants negotiated at government policy level. However smaller grants may be provided by a government agency (e.g. municipal government).

      Project-related funding involving governments, business, communities, and individuals is often arranged by application either in writing or online.

    • Gilda-Rae Grell
      July 14, 2013

      They are asking for a grant. Those don’t need to be paid back.

  36. July 12, 2013

    And why is it, that I don’t believe him :-D

    • Serving the Public!!
      July 12, 2013

      Well that’s your problem.

      • July 12, 2013

        Maybe, but it people like you that alow corruption to floorish, what you got? two sheets of galvanize

      July 12, 2013


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