‘Pay up’ says Skerrit to those who owe taxes

PM Skerrit at news conference on Friday

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, is urging people who owe the government money to pay up.

At a press conference on Friday, the prime minister disclosed that taxes owed to the state amount to a total of EC$257,921,653.74

“Government needs the money. We have to put things in place and urge those who owe, to pay up,” he said

According to PM Skerrit, as of December 31st 2019, corporate tax owed is EC$77,184,711.85; personal income tax – 66,279 142.99, PAYE  – 15,147,663.59; professional license – 2,720,313.15 and VAT – 73,936,294.99.

“I am warning those hearing my voice to pay up by Ash Wednesday…I am not in the business of shaming. We all have a duty, having been entrusted with the responsibility of collecting tax on behalf of the state, we have to be diligent ” Skerrit said.

He also stated that 1.9 million of the cruise environmental levi is also owed to the state.

“Your actions are causing untold challenges to the rebuilding and development of the country,” the prime minister stated.

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100 Comments

  1. February 10, 2020

    That has nothing to do with paying up your taxes owed to the Govt. It is tax time again. It is everywhere. Even in America you have to either pay taxes owed or get a refund. If you do not pay taxes, Uncle Sam can garnish your check and put a lien on your property. You all have it too sweet in Dominica. Uncle Sam can even suspend your driver’s license or registration. And if you owed taxes last year and get a refund this year, the government has a right to keep your refund for the state. Stop all these games and pay your tax owed to the state. You all want to live cheap and smell sweet. BOOMBOOMCLATS.

  2. jamie
    February 10, 2020

    The fleas are coming back to bite you,they are right dont pay any taxes,everything you give out free,why ask for tax money now dude,your running a one party state.

  3. The city observer.
    February 9, 2020

    Someone gave you land in trafalgar, which you paid for and you did not pay the taxes owed to the state. You run things in Dominica so the people following your example.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 10, 2020

      Skerrit, is this true Sir!?. “Someone gave you land in Trafalgar, which you paid for and You, Skerrit and Prime Minister did not pay the taxes owed to the state. You run things in Dominica so the people following your example.”
      If this is true then it`s shameful, devious, corrupted, divisive and also taken advantage of your position and abuse of our states income from taxed needed to be paid, irrespective who the person is and what position they hold. So Skerrit, if this is true, own up, and come clean and pay the taxes due to our Country. This is a sad state of affairs, actually, if true by you or any other Dominican irrespective of the high or low position or from any malaway. The latter just does not apply to you, so if you are in that higher bracket then you need to apologise to we the people who have been suffering and crying for jobs for the past 20 years under your failed corrupted Labour government and seen to be a failure and incompetent to be Prime Minister. Own up.

      • Casio
        February 11, 2020

        Ask about the land in Morne Daniel too.

  4. up den dung
    February 9, 2020

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Take that, Dominicans.

    Hey! The money I gave you last year I want it back; plus “tax” and interest. Sorry granny, I had to comment on this one. The Red cloth? Which Red cloth you talk bout granny? Oh! Yes, it’s about 1.1 million yards of cloth covering the entire Dominica. The cost? I think it’s $10.00 per yard. How much in total? I think it’s about

    $11,000,000,000.00

  5. Man bites dogs
    February 9, 2020

    I fully agree with Prime minister Skerrit, pay up or go to jail many Dominicans like to live cheap and smell sweet, that same lots when they go to Canada, USA, UK, Europe they must pay their taxes without any problem when in Dominica they don’t want to pay taxes, Pm build bigger jailhouse for people like those take away their cars, houses, and lands that will wake them up and get them thinking 🤔🤔🤔

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 10, 2020

      In America, Canada, and all of Europe, people owning business, makes money; their business generates income, if you own a Candy shop in England, it is almost impossible for one to go out of business, selling candies.

      People who own homes and pay property tax, even in retirement their retirement money is enough to keep them living; not staving, and pay their property tax.

      In America we have what is called Reverse Mortgage, if your house is paid for you can utilize that, getting paid a certain amount of money per month totaling many thousands of dollars per year, from which one can still pay their taxes till death!You need to shut up; Dominica is a dead place, after this five years, the idiots should give him another ten years; by then his children will be all living in America, with no problem since they are all born here.

      The crook Roosevelt will take all his corrupted and ill gain money and go to Guadeloupe (where him is citizen)!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 10, 2020

      Dog, people do not go to jail in America, or Canada for not able to pay their taxes!

      If you are a thief like a certain corrupted crook in Dominica, they go to jail for filing false tax returns, if they submit a tax return and conceal the total amount of money they made in one year, or number of years, when they are audited, they are asks to pay all they did not pay; that also constitute time in jail!

      If your are broke in America; entity, or an individual having difficulties paying the IRS or your debtors, you can file bankruptcy, under chapters: and I am not disclosing that; but you so lie pretending you so smart and know, that you talking fart! 

      Nevertheless, once you file bankruptcy, under certain penal code, in some cases all your debts are automatically gone, and not even the government (IRS) can ask you for money: there are other ways one can keep the business, go into receivership and reorganized!

      Shut up!

    • Roseanna
      February 10, 2020

      Very soon there is a bigger jailhouse built in Dominica. Don’t worry! It’s needed for your PM, his ministers, his friends and totally nuts supporters like you!

    • viewsexpressed
      February 10, 2020

      Man Bites Dogs woof woof. Becareful when you point fingers at people. Be advised that when you point your dirty finger at someone you have four (4) deceitful fingers pointed back at you. So go look at the mirror an ask yourself who the hell do you think you are to go after people whom you think are not supporters of failed Skerrit.? We have that democratic right to align ourselves to any politician and political party. But they must past the test to be honest, mature, sincere, with some level of understanding the political science and good governance with respect for all of our people and to be open, transparent and honest that You must not be seen to interfere in our tax money coming from we the people who work hard for our families and our failed Island Dominica under your failed leadership and stewardship.
      We desperately need a change in government. We need this decent, trusted UWP Political Party with a highly credible Leader of the Opposition, Hon Linton. That`s our government.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 11, 2020

      Man bites dogs, have you paid all of your taxes and met other commitments? Do you know if Skerrit has paid all his taxes which does not all come from deduction of salaries but from earnings where people purchase many from big places which are assets and must be registered and pay taxes for. For example, the purchase of land, properties and other matters that is well defined by the state that we all are aware of. Has any sitting minister of government purchase and own property in the USA or elsewhere and also is it true that you have serious big money saved and deposited in the banks in the USA and other places known to be secretive to the Public. If so, where did all this money come from. Please be advised that every rope has an end and therefore you and those in hiding will be found out sooner in time. We are fed up with our failed Dominica.
      I`m am not in the business not to where politicians say ne thing and under the table do another, so we have no knowledge of their hidden assets

    • viewsexpressed
      February 11, 2020

      Man bites dogs, I fully agree with you and this fake failed PM of yours, does your fail Prime (Odd) Minister Skerrit, pay up or go to jail like many other Dominicans who live cheap, smell sweet, that same lots, like this M who travels endlessly when they go to Canada, USA, UK, Europe, we agree that they must pay their taxes without any problem when in Dominica they don’t want to pay taxes. PM build bigger jailhouse for people, who abuse our states funds, like the bin bobol, passports Bobol, Red Abusive Clinic, incompetent government and yes, like “man Bite Dogs” says; Starting with Pm and government minsters who take away their cars, houses, and lands, will wake them up and get them thinking 🤔🤔🤔. Yes, go for all those in high places who defy their tax payment. We also need an ombudsman to track all those who defy tax payment and to follow the track of those who take their monies to foreign banks to defy payment of taxes in Dominica. Please go find them, from top Craptain to cook.

  6. Ok
    February 9, 2020

    I told you Dumnicans Skerrit dont know what he is doing. You laughed. You said you need more evidence… Just wait.

  7. Skerrit the clown
    February 9, 2020

    “Government needs the money…”(Skerrit)
    I SEE 👀
    “Your actions are causing untold challenges…”(Skerrit)
    REALLY? :lol:
    Why Skerrit don’t let people who know what they’re doing govern this country?
    Skerrit sorti la.

  8. REAL!!!!
    February 8, 2020

    White Collar Alibaba…..Stealing without a GUN!!!!!

    Where is our 1.3Billion Dollars missing from CBI?
    Where is our money from Malaysia My Trade House ( Alireeza Munfared)?
    Where our money $300M loan to build the airport from the private Chinese entity?
    Why not collect taxes from all the Passport Sellers who are paid outside the Treasury which avoid them from paying local taxes?????

    BOSS Just Leave OFFICE!!!!!!!!

    • viewsexpressed
      February 11, 2020

      Real good observation and go after Skerrit to address and attend to these matters that this Dominicans has requested in our behalf.
      Here is a reminder as to what it is that we, as tax payers, loyal Domnincans are asking for:
      White Collar Alibaba…..Stealing without a GUN!!!!!
      Where is our 1.3Billion Dollars missing from CBI?
      Where is our money from Malaysia My Trade House ( Alireeza Munfared)?
      Where our money $300M loan to build the airport from the private Chinese entity?
      Why not collect taxes from all the Passport Sellers who are paid outside the Treasury which avoid them from paying local taxes???
      BOSS Just Leave OFFICE!!!!In other words, Get out, go away. You Skerrit and your failed incompetent corrupted Labour government has destroyed our Dominica and reduced it to poverty, jobless, failed development in all ways. Killed our banana industries while our farmers are clueless as to what you stand for. Well they say its all about you, not them suffering farmers and families…

  9. shrewd
    February 8, 2020

    The first set of people you should ask to pay anything are those you gave houses free, secondly all those you gave monies in cool out form, and those who got building materials that don’t have any house, they sold the materials. People who got duty free for their expensive private vehicles. Those who sell passports and have become multi millionaires and buying properties all over the island. The so called investors who came with nothing, got our passports to sell, took the money from the sale of the passports to build hotels and the hotels belong to them. ask these people to pay taxes. We who work for our money, take mortgages to build our homes and has to repay the banks for thirty years, have not gotten anything free you still want to pay more taxes to support lazy people who refuse to work? GO TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Zammm
    February 8, 2020

    Mr Pm, kindly note that you and your government has perpetuated a culture and mindset of freeness. It’s okay to help people, however, your way has fed and nurtured bad habits n ingratitude from Dominicans. They live as if they are owed everything at no cost.
    So now that you are telling them to pay their taxes, and rightly so, how much of them are you all willing to lock up?
    Its very sad to seee a pm literally begging Dominicans to pay their taxes.
    But Pm, you must take some blame, because you gave the naughty kids the impression that from house, land, food and everything is free..
    Why did you not teach them to catch a fish instead of giving them fish.
    Welll pm, goood luck my brother, you now realizing the folks you are dealing with n so forth.
    Hoping that the big shuts n big business fokjs are not owing en.
    According to MJ, if dey can come ask for freeness, why can’t they go and say : hello welcome to KFC, how may I help ya?
    Find a job

    • viewsexpressed
      February 9, 2020

      It is so great to read that our people are beginning to open their eyes to the obvious visible Bobol and corruption of Skerrit`s questionable Bobol and devious Labour Government. We have entrusted this failed Prime Minister and failed Labour government to protect, invest and have our tax money well invested in the care of those in need.
      We need to know, we need an audit ASAP. For those of you blind loyalists I am hoping that you`ll will come together, for the sake of Dominica and its people in poverty created by this failed Labour Government. We need to capture and collect these monies that Skerrit is asking for. Please go start by asking Skerrit questions, and empty his pocket, and accounts that may well be locked in many bank places? Just asking, we need to know of our money.
      Our Dominica money has come this low? Skerrit is probably not an financier and one to trust to account fully the money of the people of Dominica. What a failed, weird incompetent Odd Prime Minister. Skerrit…

  11. February 8, 2020

    Pay up? Okay. Why not start with the man in the mirror?

  12. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    February 8, 2020

    Hurry up and pay, yours truly and his wife are running out of money for their overseas vacations AKA “fact finding missions”.

  13. Hello
    February 8, 2020

    Financial crisis on the horizon! It irks me that the Government has caused Dominicans to be so dependent on it instead of being independent. The Government has created a lot of laziness in Dominica. Free housing for people who can face the bank, take a mortgage and build their houses, then the payment of the loans would generate revenue for the banks/financial institutions. So many vehicles coming into the country DUTY FREE by people who can afford to pay their duties. My God! This is not good for the economy of the country but one day reality will strike; in fact it is already there.
    So much money wasted before the December elections and like the elders say “Waste brings need.”

  14. Truth Be Told
    February 8, 2020

    Mr Prime Minister what did you expect? You set a trend in Dominica of easy money with no responsibility and no accountability. Now you want those who work hard to pay your taxes while they see those who can work but do not work come and collect your easy lazy money. No productivity, no industry, but come and collect money for Labour party political affinity! What do you expect? The Bible tell you that you reap what you sow!

  15. Dm
    February 8, 2020

    What joke Is this??
    Your sho claim Country doing so well and now you want to squeeze the poor people of the little they have. The population dwindling, unemployment rate sky high, businesses open today, close tomorrow. Now you speaking about consequences? You speak of money needed to help the country? But just the other day cool out was making ding dang!! Hahahahaha well … look it!!! Every day in Roseau looking like a Sunday. Dominica not a place to be if you want to make money, pay bills and live happy. 5 more years or meezeh!!

  16. Garvey
    February 8, 2020

    Every one of the comments I read sums up pretty much Dominica’s situation we are a fail state because of neglect and the corrupt aspiration of the so called Prime Minister/Minister of Finance and some more plus Dictator no wonder we are where we are. Today we are last place in the region { CACA RAT} but they will tell us other wise. He who have eyes can see and he who have ears will hear. I pray that one day the righteous god will deliver Dominica from the spell of these evil people who have occupy political office and there advisers.Give Thanks to the most high Thy will be done.

  17. jesus is Lord
    February 8, 2020

    Dominican, please pay attention to my comment, I hope DNO record this message.

    Soon, the Chinese will be telling not asking the government to pay up these friendly grant and any other monies given.

    Boy, Dominican will soon know what they are up against. tile will tell

    • D/can to d bone
      February 11, 2020

      Now.dno stop holding back my comment

      Is that that gd for them labourites. It safer with labour. In allu face…he know damn well de treasury doh have money but he tèll allu your tomorrow will be greater in the hands of skerrit. Is all of us in de boat but not with my vote.

  18. D/can to d bone
    February 8, 2020

    Yes man skerro tell those damn labourites to pay up. Shait man..lol y u didnt tell them that in de rally ..your damn snake…they soo sort you blind their eyes to save your butt. Instead you told them their tomorrow will be greater than today. I never regret voting for linton. Pay up man…
    on another noteI see the MOU gone bad…chinese work on a.halt. chinese acustom of working to finish..what happen now..so long that dangerous corner in layou not complete…heeeyy five more years…skerro cared for his pocket he nvere cared for dominicans like he said. Sort allu sort. It safer with labour…li ton warn allu but skerrit say it safe tomorrow will be greater… pay up !!! I hope is not uwp alone you coming after to pay up and you waiving de labourited bills eh.. damn snake

    • D/can to d bone
      February 11, 2020

      February 8, 2020
      Yes man skerro tell those damn labourites to pay up. Shait man..lol y u didnt tell them that in de rally ..your damn snake…they soo sort you blind their eyes to save your butt. Instead you told them their tomorrow will be greater than today. I never regret voting for linton. Pay up man…
      on another noteI see the MOU gone bad…chinese work on a.halt. chinese acustom of working to finish..what happen now..so long that dangerous corner in layou not complete…heeeyy five more years…skerro cared for his pocket he nvere cared for dominicans like he said. Sort allu sort. It safer with labour…li ton warn allu but skerrit say it safe tomorrow will be greater… pay up !!! I hope is not uwp alone you coming after to pay up and you waiving de labourited bills eh.. damn snake

  19. Love
    February 8, 2020

    So why is now pm coming with this issue all the money he had giving for election done hmmmmm

  20. Sybil nowell
    February 8, 2020

    There you go, none of you idiots will see where the man is coming from. Travel to other places you will see. Better still wait for 5 years and re elect UWP and everything will be rree including progress
    Very clever people Dominicans we see neg ativity better than positive

    • Ripe patat
      February 8, 2020

      You seem to fail to realize the problem because of your clear bias. Why hasn’t taxes been collected before? And who is in charge of the Inland Revenue Division? Why is this a problem all of a sudden? The taxes weren’t owed overnight – 1/4 billion is now owed. Somebody didn’t do their job and I’ll give you a hint- rhymes with clear it

    • Bwa-Banday
      February 8, 2020

      Sybil what happen to you? You still blind or hypnotized? Girl things bad in the treasury and you still pushing your head in the sand? The people they send to Dubai Embassy better draw money from more passport sales because we broke. Dead broke my girl so doh put UWP in your Zehzeh eh!

    • viewsexpressed
      February 9, 2020

      What???, What???, What?….Oh My God!, Am I reading well, or have read well and missed the print and purpose of this article from this so called Finance Minister not want to be accountable for our hard earned cash we paid tax into.
      Where is our money Skerrit and what was done with it. It is our money that allowed you to travel extremely frequently all over the world, in addition to the pier diem, meals and hotel fees. Was our money abused by you sir. Do we just travel willingly and come back with nice baseless talk about “we will expect this and that”, and to those day look around our Dominica how it has deteriorated to poverty and we need to know ho w yo expensed our money. Now y want to have people pay up. Now we you ad your government has killed our biggest income, bananas how one earth can people pay taxes. Now you see the pit that you dug and you are after us for our hard earned money that we managed and not abused, unlike you. We request an audit now of 3yrs past. ASAP

    • viewsexpressed
      February 10, 2020

      Sybil, you are so right…..”There you go, none of you idiots will see where the man is coming from”. This is so much a naked blatant stupid thought.
      You are all that is Skerrit and the more you try, attempt to honour him, the more you send Skerrit down this abyss fall of questionable thievery (eg. Red Clinic, Bin Bobol, Fertlizer Bobol etc – we need answers and accountability), Bobol, corruption, deceitfulness and incompetence. Our Dominica needs decent, trusted, mature, visionary ( that Skerrit isn`) mature people in leadership, accountability, trusted with sound leadership and knowledge of how well to manage the affairs of our Dominica. We urgently need to get Skerrit and his failed corrupted Labour government out of our government. We are now in a state of seeking funds to run this country and why? Go ask Skerrit and others within his circle up on the fifth floor.
      Dominicans, wake up and consider your children at the age now and their future. Will our Dominica be ready for…

  21. Sybil nowell
    February 8, 2020

    This is why you Dominicans cannot move forward and then you blame the gov. This country is the only country in the world that wants everything for nothing.
    This is how a country prospers by generating taxes. I receive a pension after working for 40+years and it is taxed, as angry as I am life goes on.Dominicans love banking but not with drawing
    If you were in the USA,UK or any big country whether Maria pass and you not making money you have to pay roof could blow off, they do not care, they just want their money those of you who should know better before you hit social media with your junk you are really thinking about your own pockets not wanting to part with your money. I read where some famous person came out pleading that people cannot pay their taxes who should pay then?. Perhaps he should stop all forms of help.Cha

    • Pipo
      February 8, 2020

      Sybil, I have a question for you. Did Roosevelt Skerrit’s government agents or those of his Labour Party offer to pay for you to visit Dominica to come and vote?

    • Hello
      February 8, 2020

      Sybil , do you live in Dominica? Apparently you do not have the facts. The Government created this atmosphere of dependency and laziness in Dominica so let them deal with it. Dominicans know how to work for what we have but this Government, in their quest to remain in power, has given a lot of hand outs at the expense of the State. That way they are able to stay in power. This breeds communism so we better watch out!

    • Braindamage
      February 8, 2020

      Sybil, said : “This is the only country in the world that wants every thing for nothing ”
      You forget like fowls man Uncle.
      Skerrit opens the Red Clinic door every Wednesday. Free money ?
      We like it so…….

    • Kalinago Justice
      February 8, 2020

      You cybil no-well; go live on the slave plantation mentality island under your one-man corrupt rogue regime and you’ll find out!!!

    • Ripe patat
      February 8, 2020

      You’re in love with Skerrit so you missed the point entirely. Why did it have to get so bad before action is taken? This is just another large testament that the man you voted hasn’t been doing his job. Face reality, in the other countries they don’t allow that to happen in the first place

    • viewsexpressed
      February 9, 2020

      Madam Sybil, we know the reason why, and it is well spelt out below. Go after Skerrit not our suffering people where majority are unemployed and suffering. I work in the system, on the field most days and see it bluntly. We no longer see the presence of Welfare Officers because there is no money. Most has been used and abused by this corrupt Labour PM government and we hear and see of passports sales, endless cash coming in but where is the money? We need an investigation and audit that it is accounted for. That is where the issue and biggest problem is. Go after Skerrit, he is the Finance Minister? We need accountability after all these travels and passport talks. Our people are in poverty because Skerrit has failed them.
      “This is why you Dominicans cannot move forward and then you blame the gov. This country is the only country in the world that wants everything for nothing.
      This is how a country prospers by generating taxes. “Sybil, I see your point, Skerrit has failed. He…

    • February 9, 2020

      U have plenty empty words… bcus u are vague..the government cannot be a he….you said he..meaning skerrit and not the government ..well is people like you who have embrace a dictator in dominica…peiple dont listen to p.m

  22. As I see it
    February 7, 2020

    Ok PM you say we owe you EC$257,921,653.74. However, Mr Linton told us you owe us $1.2 billion dollars and he showed us how he got that amount . So let’s cut a deal. What about Pay the EC$257,921,653.74 we owe, from the $1.2 billion you owe us? Do you know if you pay our debt from the amount you owe us, you would still have a balance of
    $EC 942, 078, 346.26? In other words, you owe the country five time more than what those tax payers owe Magway sa man!
    DNO I have not heard from Lin Clown, Evilzabeth, that kid on the block and those other faithful spinners. Are they owing or they wicket not taking spin? If is because you have not moderated them please look for their comments and moderate them ASAP.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 9, 2020

      Just as I see it too. We have to extremely watchful of this government before things get worse. It is sad that civil servants are unable to interfere and demand accountability and Skerrit must give a full account of our money. What happen and where is the Financial Secretary? Is he or she doing their work or are under the bondage of Skerrit? This is serious matters here that we need to be accounted for. As a civil servant and watch wh is coming in and going our is a worry, because it does nothing to our development and stability of our economy.
      There so many questions to be answered and we wonder where is and what is the Director of Audit and Financial Secretary doing about this?
      Skerrit and his government has killed our agriculture and we need answers to these passport sales and other matters of states’ revenue and expense that we call for an audit of our states finances, how managed, how expensed, accounted for and to whom. We need this to be the important issue to address.

  23. All Have Sinned
    February 7, 2020

    It good to see the PM give a detailed report of how money is being owed to the country. But my question to him is how is that it had to take Lennox Linton to tell him that he did not account for $1.2 billion dollars and in response PM said he would have the professionals to do the maths and expose Linton and up to now he and his professionas moomoo? Is it fair to conclude that they stole $1.2 billion dollars from us and now they MUST PAY first? Boy according to the scripture “All have sinned”

  24. ArAb
    February 7, 2020

    Taxes reflect your income. Therefore, I would like the PM to show his taxes so that we know that he lead by example and paid all taxes on the millions that he makes.

  25. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 7, 2020

    The nakedness of the Emperor is once again exposed!

    The nation is broke; penniless, the treasury is empty, the sale of diplomatic passports, and ordinary travel passports  sale are no longer lucrative; and so the Emperor penis is hanging naked for all to see.

    In order for a taxpayer to be capable of paying current, or taxes owed to the government, they must have a source of revenue!

    However, since Roosevelt is the giver of all things to all the idiots who supports him, even those who owes back-taxes, all the broke business, and individuals should demand the giving god Roosevelt pay their taxes.

    There is a one billion, two hundred million dollars missing from the government treasury; people should be demanding an answer from Roosevelt when asks where is the $1.2 Billion, who have it?

    As he laments (cry) for money, all of the people who’s house needs repair, and even those people he was fake giving to are unable to complete repairs since the last three hurricanes.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 9, 2020

      Where is famous Parry Bellot to comment on these matters of states. You better come good, clean and open, if not we will question you as this ridiculous media defender person observer of failed Sherrit, whom you think can do, has done no wrong. This man has failed us over 19 years now and we have nothing to show for it. Again, I am asking tell us, show us where the development is taking place as our people continue to que and people move as acolytes distributing money to families and people all over from top of the floor.
      Again I will emphasis this point that Skerrit has been this failure with his blind hopeless large 19 cabinet ministers who are unable, and scared to question immature Skerrit and have him to account for our states finances and other matters of state. We need answers and we need an independent accountant to investigate this so call red thievery of our tax money.
      This has to be done and as a result Skerrit must absent himself from the office. We need answers from…

  26. Original
    February 7, 2020

    With an economy as small as Dominicas how has it come to, that about a quarter or more of the governments budget is being owing to government? Yet the finance minister is doing a good job! Just a couple months ago money was being spent like it had no value or meaning, so why is the economy in such a bad situation? This finance minister, the greatest PM of Dominica couldn’t envision that we have been heading into a recession and a possible depression. This guy should be fired or just be noble and resign, since he’s the one who has our economy in such a poor state especially as he’s being running it for 15 years. Such incompetence! 15 years no economic boom until 90 percent plus of buildings got damaged, well the construction craze seems to be washed up. So much vision yet skerro can’t manage the economy so he turns to IMF to do he’s job, a job which he has claimed only he can realise. Well IMF officials visiting means only one thing AUSTERITY MEASURES! So much for Dominicas…

    • viewsexpressed
      February 9, 2020

      Well said Original: We concur the statement below. My people read and shre.

      “This finance minister, the so called greatest PM of Dominica couldn’t envision that we have been heading into a recession and a possible depression. This guy should be fired or just be noble and resign, since he’s the one who has our economy in such a poor state especially as he’s being running it for 15 years.”
      This guy Skerrit should be fired ASAP. Out, Get Out. Submit your passport, diplomatic and state as we need you in Dominica to answer questions. It is the States Prison that we await your visit!
      Those who read my comments and comment irrational, well, I am not going anywhere. For me My Dominica and its people comes first. For you all blind loyalists of Skerrit, it appears this failed Skerrit is where your blind hypocritical loyalty lies. You all are a disgrace to the people of Dominica and our Nature Isle.
      Skerrit, his failed Labour gang must be held accountable.
      Apres Bondie ce later…not…

  27. dee
    February 7, 2020

    5 MORE YEARS
    is what we Dominicans wanted
    Lets all get started .

    • An Elector
      February 8, 2020

      5 more years with Labour. Let them deal with the mess they created!

  28. Sweet Dominica
    February 7, 2020

    Wow, that’s a lot of money that is owed to the government. Did the IRS not notice that these taxes were not being paid? Why make it grow to this ridiculous amount? Guess the people at IRS don’t do their jobs eh

  29. derp
    February 7, 2020

    stfu the government owing people money and you have to be begging them for you to give it back

  30. Brent
    February 7, 2020

    What about the candidates for your party .They owe thousands,Are they paying up.

    • good boy
      February 8, 2020

      also what about our LITTLE TONY FAMILY for all the years hurricane LABOUR in office his family has not been paying his in ANTIGUA driving his new big JEEP living his sweet life and the Dom/in/cans love there PM lol lol no better name for them then DOM/IN/CANS

  31. Blessings
    February 7, 2020

    Pm pm pm becarefull what u Sow is what u will reap

  32. Gouvelma
    February 7, 2020

    When the rains fall it falls on the just and the unjust. Squeeze their belly Skerritt. Make them puke out the taxes. Why didn’t you make that call prior to the elections? No. You could not rock the boat. Then again if the taxes are so badly needed why don’t you tell us how much taxes your party spent in the lead up to the elections. How much was written of especially in transporting clappers to Antigua, St Martin and Guadeloupe? Whose money was spent during your elections campaign? Wasn’t it the much needed dollars from the government treasury? How much property tax are you owing the state for the young hotel you are constructing in Morne Daniel? Finally, how much tax is owed by the business of the family of Senior Counsel? Doesn’t Dominica need the taxes from them? I want you to go after everyone who owes because they believe that because they supported “my PeeeM” they will be allowed to do as they wish with the state taxes. Dominicans, you get the government you deserve.

  33. Cyanide
    February 7, 2020

    Instead of thinking of ways to grow the economy you grasping at straws asking for taxes. Why don’t you ask the Doctor to Pay his taxes. Why don’t you pay the taxes on your illicit gains. IPO was disbanded and you escape with your taxes but you want to squeeze hard working people. Soon with your failed policies all businesses will be gone and you’ll have the biggest government in the OECS, but Government doesn’t pay tax….Good Luck with your madness

    • February 8, 2020

      VAT is collected by merchants on goods and services it is not theirs it must be passed on to the state, also the taxes that employers deduct from workers salary must be given to the state. Politics continue to destroy this country.

      • cyanide
        February 9, 2020

        Vat should be past on to the state. Taxes deducted from Workers salary must be paid to the state. What about the cool out. All those who got cool out? Was that revenue they received. Did they pay tax to the state. What about the free homes, was that value received did they pay tax to the state. And all the Artist that got money to perform did they pay taxes to state? And all that money was that state funds being abused? You want me to pay taxes for that reckless expenditure to continue. So Skerrit and his cronies continue to leave lavish lives while hard working people struggle everyday to make ends meet. If you think the issue is vat receivables and people withholding income tax then you really need to think again.

    • February 9, 2020

      What a country,what a people !!
      Bunch of waste.

  34. Tinus
    February 7, 2020

    Yes I agree with the Prime Minister whether you are a supporter of none supporter
    I believe its the most decent thing for him to do. That is to ask those who own the state money to pay up. Lets us face it, those who owe jolly well know that they can only disregard paying taxes in Dominica. They are well aware of what would happen to them if they were operating in the USA (IRS) and in Britain. For too long people take advantage of the laxity of those responsible for collecting the country’s taxes.

    The inland revenue is supposed to have teeth and do their work in collecting the state revenues. The PM would not have that been announcing that had the Revenue Collectors done their work. According to Law they have the right to write to those concerned to and if they fail then they will have to face the court. Please pay up

    • Toto
      February 8, 2020

      The PM say he run things in Dominica so is he that control the inland revenue, he the minister of finance. He can order inland revenue to grab bank accounts and tell the owners they owe tax and is for them to prove to the revenue why they don’t. Yes, the law can do that but I hope for mister sake he don’t pull that trick because there will be civil war.

    • Me
      February 8, 2020

      Tinus, your fruit is toxic.

    • Dora George
      February 8, 2020

      They allowed the taxes to increase then asking for it now why did not ask before election

    • Ripe patat
      February 8, 2020

      Skerrit is supposed to be minister of Finance. Or is that a ceremonial position? HE did not do his job

    • viewsexpressed
      February 11, 2020

      It appears that The Prime Minister also who holds, disappointedly the Finance Ministry has failed miserable in the management and accounting of our finances.
      Now it appears that Skerrit has woken up to see the damage that he has done in ignoring his responsibility and attended to other matters that are irrelevant. Our finances and taxes are key to the survival of Dominia. Revenue comes from many sources and the principle revenue has either been ignored, abandoned and rushed and travelled all over the damn place managing the passports scam scheme to gain money and has abandoned his sole principled responsibility by sitting on his desk at his office to do the work that we the people of Dominica pays him to undertake. We have seen and have heard of the incompetence of Skerrit holding on these positions of Finance & Prime Minister. Skerrit i not of this level to be responsible for these matters of state. look where we are now. The incompetence has surface and failed Skerrit is desperate.

  35. Barackan
    February 7, 2020

    Skerrit, I urge you to pay up. Pay back all the money you owe to the state of Dominica. The 257 million owed in taxes is peanuts compared to what you owe to the state. So shut up and pay up!!

  36. Mike
    February 7, 2020

    First ask senior council to remove the injunction Astaphans have against inland revenue and allow inland revenue to audit Astaphans so they can also pay what they owe until then shut up.

    • Love
      February 8, 2020

      So why is now pm coming with this issue all the money he had giving for election done hmmmmm

    • Versatile
      February 8, 2020

      Maway wen zor Dominichen

  37. Way Papa
    February 7, 2020

    You are hard pressed for money Sah?

    Where is what you hid when you thought UWP was winning?
    Can’t bring it back?
    Things turned on you?

    Remember you are the one who boasted that you have money to run the country and not Linton.

    If after all this time in Government you are in this rot…..well …. well ….well……

    Government is owing so many people, for so long, so much money.
    The Prime Minister should send the warning to himself first.

  38. Bwa-Banday
    February 7, 2020

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: the pressure bursting pipe now :mrgreen: :mrgreen: !

    That is what happens when you make people believe all is well before elections so no need to pay taxes. Now you win and no longer need those who owe the very same taxes in your corner, Ash Wednesday is the day you plan their burial together with VaVal….hmmmmm 8)

    I hope your friends pay theirs too. But if I was one of those who owed I would file an injunction requesting that I not be forced to pay until you, yes you pay back the 1.2 Billion that is still unaccounted for in our treasury to this day. So keep on threatening because you can’t do sheeeet if they don’t pay.

  39. Pipo
    February 7, 2020

    That is only $0.256 billion brother, less than a quarter of the $1.3 billion allegedly missing from our treasury from passport sales. You never explain that discrepancy because that is not our business. Yes people must pay their taxes but how you expect them to do that if they see bad examples. Those Dominican agents selling passports through their companies in Dubai don’t pay tax do they and they say that is all legal because Dubai not charging tax. Well they should know because plenty of them are lawyers. Monkey see, monkey do.

  40. Unknown
    February 7, 2020

    Sounds like desperation to me. Rough times ahead boy.

    • Unknown
      February 7, 2020

      Captain the ship is sinking, Captain the seas are rough.

      • Dm
        February 8, 2020

        Captain must go Down with his ship

  41. L C Matthew
    February 7, 2020

    During the election campaign St. Jean said ” Skerrit is a jack… ” DNO i am quoting. Washington also said it is better for a pack of Jack…es to be lead by a lion than lions lead by a jack…. After being the minister of finance for over 15 years was it not your responsibility to ensure that all taxes were collected and accounted for? You should start shaming by looking into the mirror. You boasted leadership matters and under your leadership the country is suffering by your own admission of unpaid taxes. Last year AID bank could not make 1million in profit and people couldn’t afford loans at 2%. Meanwhile the biggest infrastructure driver was CBI funds ran by the government who owns 89% of aid bank shares while social security own the rest. In effect the government is denying its own self of generating revenue when it bypasses its bank and instead have foriegners making millions before the hotels host one guest. This is a result of miss management. Indeed St. Jean was right

    ADMIN: While he said something similar that wasn’t St. Jean’s quote. The full clip can be viewed here at 11:20 in the video: https://youtu.be/wZNKTUje0gE?t=680

    • L C Matthew
      February 7, 2020

      I must add further with the departure of Ross a significant amount of revenue have been lost in the north and now people cannot pay their loans. Pretty soon the banks and credit unions will be left bleeding. If aid bank could not make 1 million in profit and after getting 20 million of CBI money still could not get new loans that should be a sign the economy is not well. I can tell from your threats the passport revenue has plateaued and maybe in trouble because you sound desperate. Over the past few years i have seen money distributed for political favours without accountability or measures on the returns on investment. It was done only to be liked with no sustainability in mind. The people are the ones who should be mad making demands of you why the taxes were not collected and where have all the millions gone? Because it is there tax and you were put there to manage properly. The people of Dominica should be shaming you and ensure you account for every dime from passport sale

      • L C Matthew
        February 7, 2020

        To taxes. That was your job. Now you using your reverse psychology and passing blame on business when it is government responsibility to do audits and ensure taxes are collected. I love my country but it is a shame to see how timid and blinded we have become. People afraid to loose the only gov job they have. Well the problem is when you afraid to do what is right you will eventually loose it all. St.jean was absolutely right. Dominica have very strong bright people, like lions. The problem is a pack of lions led by a jack… who’s only concern is he and his legacy and how many elections he can win at the expense of the country.
        Yes i said it. St. Jean was absolutely right

  42. Channel 1
    February 7, 2020

    (Gaston issued a similar warning a few weeks ago to Antiguan taxpayers, now Roosevelt seems to be following course with Dominican taxpayers eh. Dem fellas reading the same playbook or wha)

    Can somebody please let me know whether Skerrit has accounted for the 1.2 billion dollars that is missing from the treasury?

    Didn’t this bonafide joker say that the accountants dem would have presented a report on September 19, 2019 which would have accounted for the 1.2 billion dollars & put the opposition to shame?

    Where is these accountant(s) report? Today is the 7th of February 2020.

    $1.2 billion dollars of the state’s money is unaccounted for under his watch but he warning people to pay their taxes (some of whom may struggle to do so considering the poor state of the economy under his leadership).

    Ah boy Roosevelt, you remind me of the following saying attributed to Oscar Benavides, a former President of Peru – “For my friends everything, for my enemies the law”

  43. weh
    February 7, 2020

    Where is the 1.2 billion that you have not said anything about?

    • Raymond
      February 7, 2020

      Is that that good for all you . Labour ka twagie

    • Alibaba & the forty thieves
      February 7, 2020

      boy, boy boy Pm said EC$257,921,653.74 is being owed by people that owing taxes and their “actions are causing untold challenges to the rebuilding and development of the country,”
      Can you imagine how developed the country would be if Alibaba and his forty thieves would pay what they owe? I mean one member of the Alibaba and his forty thief click alone owing us a minimum of $1.2 billion dollars. Alibaba time is up and you still not paying so how you expect others to pay?

  44. Maybe
    February 7, 2020

    The only person that owe taxes to the state is You and your hand out I guess it was your way of putting you back in office so pay up time for you the houses for free you give away let them pay something monthly there is nothing for free stop encouraging laziness

  45. Piper
    February 7, 2020

    Man go to hell… U should pay up the 1.2 billion dollars … All the money u waste in the election where it???? I doubt u fools will last 5 years in office.. damn incompetent currrupt regime

  46. Nous Meme
    February 7, 2020

    EXCUSE ME???!!!!!!!!

    Not being political but……….the person who was responsible for collecting and accounting for taxes over the years failed and should be FIRED!!!!!!!!

    Mirror, mirror on the red wall…………that person was the Minister of Finance!!!! I guess collecting taxes was not a priority as long as the CBI funds were coming into the public and private purses. It appears that the CBI and Kool Out funds are drying up after the elections now the PM has to find other revenue??

    I hope that the names of all those who owe taxes should be published. Those names may be linked back to the those who supported the PM and his failed policies. The regular hard working folks cannot afford to owe those high delinquent taxes on the bare minimum wages that are paid in Dominica.

    God help us all.

  47. DC
    February 7, 2020

    Why was this allowed to get out of hand? The workers at Inland Revenue should be blamed. Isn’t there a collections department? Were the employees aggressively pursuing Business Owners for money owed? The accounts should not have reached that stage of delinquency. Yes, the proprietors should adhere to the rules but we must understand that some people will not go by the books. That’s where Inland Revenue must come in. I would definitely admonish the Management of Inland Revenue.

  48. WITH WHAT?
    February 7, 2020

    But with what he expects us to pay taxes nou, when he knows is just a few of his friends that selling passport? Only if he is speaking to those in the DIASPORA that he paid to come down to vote. But they too more broke again because they can only afford to come down here during election when they get a free ticket.

  49. LifeandDeath
    February 7, 2020

    lmao!!..it’s funny because…
    clearly some Gov’t officials will fail a LIFESTYLE AUDIT. Have they paid taxes on those earnings that allowed them such accumulation of Assets which present a glaring mismatch where their legal earnings are concerned?
    The truth is THE STATE is owed much more than what is stated, and in the interest of moving the country forward, everybody should pay-up!!..Lead by example, declare those ill gotten assets and pay taxes on them too.
    DA is a tough place to live precisely because many people don’t make enough to pay adequate taxes and maintain a reasonable standard of living…#shame!!
    Soon we will learn that along with Erika and Maria, Tax non-payment joins the scapegoat list for the poor state of affairs in the Nature Isle..

    • L C Matthew
      February 9, 2020

      Thanks DNO for the correction. He also said like the donkey/As….. carried jesus on its back so is our As…../Skerrit carrying Dominica on his back. The problem is back then the donkey knew its place and purpose. Today our donkey think it is more important and higher than the load he was tasked to carry and it all about the donkey. All the awards and praises go to donkey. Dr dr As… using money from the load. There lies the problem. One day the Assets will be gone but dominica will be there till kingdom come

  50. Ask Mel
    February 7, 2020

    I wish I could remove every strand of hair I have on my body, especially at the lower front, to pay my taxes but unfortunately PM brushed them all on aside already and now I am left with absolutely nothing except breath of life.

    • I Love my PM
      February 7, 2020

      Well I know we Labourites always pay our taxes, it is the Workers/ Blue Mealy Bugs that not paying. Just ask the big shop on King George V Street and the boat agent in the middle of Roseau…

      • Ripe patat
        February 8, 2020

        Lol don’t do drugs, kids. You’ll also make comments like this one

      • viewsexpressed
        February 9, 2020

        What a dumb loyalist? What on earth in there in government to have Skerrit failed us and to cry out ignorantly that “I love My PM” Don`t you love y0ur Dominica that Skerrit has reduced our people ? Are you not shamed of yourself to be aligned to a failed incompetent Prime Minister wh has killed our Dominica industry and the pain is there before him, he crying cry cry baby for tax money to be aid? I wonder how much he owes our treasury in Tax?
        Get this failed Skerrit and his corrupted Labour Government out of our Dominica business. They have failed us.

  51. Exchequer Dominique
    February 7, 2020

    But PM, not just the other day you were boasting of how well Dominica is doing compared to other islands nuh? What happened boo? Surely the CBI money that was making “lafeemay” before the elections haven’t finished yet?! Doh tell me that PM.
    Oh and by the way, go and check your boy Tonee Aztafans and his family enterprise for our money they owing us for how many years now. You allowed them to file injunction against Inland Revenue, so don’t come and cry now.

    • Ripe patat
      February 8, 2020

      Skerrit mismanaging the economy? I think DNO could make that a whole category by itself. Failing to see the delusional labourites commenting. Must be owing lol

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