Attorney Donna Symmonds receives public apology from Barbados Free Press – sort of, but not really.

Updated April 18, 2011

Well folks, it looks like we can’t get a straight answer from Attorney Donna Symmonds or her client. Yup, Symmonds was in the mood to sue the heck out of poor old BFP until we started asking some very basic questions about whether her client had properly reported to the tax people.

Alright, we’ll put this article back into the list and that will be that.

Don’t know why it’s so difficult for some folks to just tell the truth straight up. It would be good if Bajans knew for certain whether the charges against the lawyer client were her carelessness or improper actions by government workers.

Updated April 15, 2011:

Bajans await a straight answer from Attorney Donna Symmonds or her client.

Weasel words from Attorney insider?

Attorney-at-law avoiding the truth?

Government tax authorities unfairly maligned by Attorney?

This story is gaining legs and certainly has the interest of our readers who want to know if the Attorney-at-Law “client” who is the subject of our story was unfairly charged by Barbados tax authorities or, as is looking ever more possible – was responsible for her own troubles.

At the center of the story is the question as to when “the client” who was charged with tax offenses (and who is an attorney at law herself) notified the Barbados tax authorities that she was no longer resident in Barbados.

If she properly notified the tax authorities years ago in writing and the government fouled up, then Bajans deserve to know about this unreasonable harassment by government officials.

But if the attorney at law “client” only notified the tax authorities after she was charged, and after ignoring years of tax demand letters, that means that the tax charges were fairly laid and that the attorney-at-law is hardly an innocent victim.

We’ve been trying to discover the truth, but so far all we get is silence and anonymous weasel words left as comments by an obvious insider.

The longer that Attorney at Law Donna Symmonds remains silent on this issue while screaming loudly about charges being dropped, the more it looks like the Attorney At Law “client” was charged due to her own negligence.

As we originally wrote to Attorney Donna Symmonds:

“Folks would like to know whether the fault is the government’s or your client’s and it would only be ethical to let the public know. That’s only fair to the government workers.

I mean, if it’s not the government’s fault, you wouldn’t want the public thinking it was, would you?”

Bajans await a straight answer from Attorney Donna Symmonds or her client.

Our original article published April 14, 2011…

“Our apology appears a little later in this article.”

Attorney says Client’s Charges Dropped! The Nation failed to report that all charges were dropped.

Why did Barbados lawyer Donna Symmonds publish a public letter on the internet instead of sending a private email?

Donna Symmonds (courtesy BBC)

Dear Attorney Donna Symmonds,

We just noticed today that you posted a letter to BFP as a public comment on April 11, 2011 on our story New Barbados Tourism Authority Director charged with tax evasion? (Your public comment is repeated at the end of this article.)

With two million visitors a year, over 100,000 comments recorded on our blog and another 900,000 spam comments in the filters, you can understand that sometimes a comment or two slips by unnoticed and that’s what happen with yours. But today we saw a story over at Barbados Underground that alerted us to your public comment here at BFP. Life can be strange at times, fuh shur!

We at Barbados Free Press try to accommodate folks when we receive polite or frantic or desperate requests to take down stories or correct inaccuracies. Sometimes people have second thoughts about what they sent us for publication or what they put in their public comments and they beg us to take them down and we mostly do. Sometimes we receive private emails from lawyers telling us that their clients have been unfaired and politely asking us to remove or change articles.

We try to be fair. We also try to remember that we’re here for a purpose and that purpose is to bring that truth to Bajans and to make our forum available so that folks can discuss politics, corruption, two-tiered justice and other risky subjects without worrying about some of the things that can happen in Barbados when they criticize elites like politicians. Or lawyers.

Donna, you and everyone else see how the Bajan press always gets threatened and pushed around by politicians and other elites to remove news stories and change the truth and to change history.

I know it may come as a surprise to you Donna, but these elites usually hire lawyers to write nasty threatening letters to the Managing Editor in the hope of intimidating the newspaper to drop the story.

Matter ‘a fact: some lawyers write nasty threatening letters right away and never even bother with polite requests or to have manners. They just threaten to destroy everything in their path and bludgeon the press into submission whether they are right or wrong.

And here in Barbados that usually works.

But you’ve chosen to write us openly on the internet in a public process and we at BFP appreciate your transparency and integrity, even if we don’t understand your approach and why you wanted to make this public instead of handling it privately for the sake of your client. Hey, that’s your decision and we respect that.

Now Donna, we’re having a little trouble with your demand for a public apology because we don’t see that we’ve done anything wrong or intentionally or even unintentionally harmed you or your client in any manner. But, we’re open to a discussion and we get to that apology a little later in this article.

Donna, we also don’t understand why you chose to post your letter as a public comment instead of sending it to us by private email or private comment just like it says up at the top of our blog at the “Contact” link.

See it? Up there at the top between “Cartoons!” and “Open Discussion”? Contact?

It says…

“Contact: You can send us an email to barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com

… or you can use the following form and it will send the email for you. The contact form is as private as email can be and will NOT publish your communication on the blog.”

But seeing as how you published your client’s name in public and you want to discuss this in public, okay we will. And just like it says in your letter, you want this “displayed with equal prominence” so we’ll put it right up at the top of the page and leave it there until you’re happy. Just tell us when you want it dropped back into the normal story list, okay? We’ll let the story stay at the top for a couple a weeks if you like as long as some big breaking story doesn’t come along. We’re happy to cooperate where we can without compromising our mission and integrity.

The first thing is that although your letter says “By Email”, we didn’t receive any email from you, and your letter doesn’t have our email address in it so I guess you must have forgot to email it. That’s okay, but we wanted to point that out.

Now Donna, you must know by reading our original article that the parts you’re complaining about are a re-print of an article at The Nation. We even gave a link to the story and that story is still online here right now with your client’s name in the list of charged persons. (April 14, 2011 4:57am Grape Hall, Barbados)

I mean, if ya can’t believe The Nation, well, who can ya believe on this rock? So your problem is with The Nation’s reporting and not us commenting on their story. We never even mentioned your client’s name. That was The Nation that did that. And you too, of course in your public comment.

But the great thing about the blogs and the internet is that you and your client now have the opportunity to have the public made well aware of the fact that you say all the charges were dropped against your client because she wasn’t in the country.

See? In the old days, The Nation would print the inaccurate story like they did, and then the paper might print some small retraction that few folks would see, if they did print a retraction at all that is.

But now you and your client can be assured that many folks will read this like you wanted and those folks will know that you say all the charges were dropped. You probably should get The Nation to issue a clarification though and take down or modify their article to say what you say about The Nation’s story…

“This report failed to detail that all of the charges against Mrs Haynes were discontinued unconditionally since she had proven to the Department of Inland Revenue prior to 1st April 2011 that she had not been resident nor had she carried on a business in Barbados during the income years for which the said charges related.”

As to us apologizing, well, we’ve talked about that and had a couple a dark rum chasers after a few Banks beers. Before he passed out Cliverton agreed that we should issue an apology so here goes:

Our Apology

Dear Attorney Donna Symmonds and Client:

You’ve written to Barbados Free Press by publishing your letter openly on the internet and demanded an apology from BFP. After much consideration, we sincerely apologize to Attorney Symmonds, her client and our readers for believing the story that The Nation published.

Donna, you are correct that we shouldn’t have trusted The Nation to publish an accurate report of anything happening in the courts of Barbados.

We apologize for believing the reporting in The Nation and we’ll probably never believe anything they print again.

Now Donna, as to your client being “indemnified in respect of damages and costs incurred in this matter” like you say in your letter below – don’t you worry nothin’ about the costs because we don’t intend to charge you or your client for this public service of publicizing that all the charges were dropped against your client and that The Nation article was wrong.

So don’t worry about it, we won’t be sending you any invoice for our services.

Now, that settles that, but we do have some questions for you and your client because of the newsworthiness of her story and the fact that your client is an attorney at law herself.

So here are the questions, and we hope that you or your client will answer them for our readers because her situation is news…

Questions for Attorney Donna Symmonds and Client:

Our readers are curious: Was this a situation where your client was charged with failing to file personal or company income tax, or both?

If it was a personal income situation, how long ago had your client previously notified Barbados that she was no longer a resident? Is this a situation where your client was an innocent victim of government ineptitude and irresponsibility?

Or, did your attorney at law client move away and then fail to file income tax for a number of years and fail to respond to annual letters from the Government until she was charged?

Now, if the situation concerns a business, did your client officially dissolve the business or properly notify the government that the company was dormant for a number of years? How many years ago did your client notify the government? Was this another case of government ineptitude where your client did everything correctly and she was charged anyway?

Or was it one of those situations where your client left the country but didn’t bother to properly wind up a business officially and let the government know – in which case the government can hardly be blamed for charging her?

I mean, your client is an attorney at law herself. It’s not like she wouldn’t know the law, right?

What was the cause of the charges against your client, Ms. Symmonds? Was it her carelessness in performing the duties that she should have, or did she do everything correctly and it’s the government’s fault?

Bajans want to know if there is a problem with our government workers… and that’s NEWS.

Or, maybe, did your client ignore her duties, got charged fair and square but the prosecutor gave her a break?

Folks would like to know whether the fault is the government’s or your client’s and it would only be ethical to let the public know. That’s only fair to the government workers.

I mean, if it’s not the government’s fault, you wouldn’t want the public thinking it was, would you?

Thank you for your consideration,

Barbados Free Press
Marcus, Robert, Shona, Auntie Moses, George (and Cliverton passed out on the floor.)

Further Reading

The following was posted on April 11, 2011 as a public comment on BFP’s article New Barbados Tourism Authority Director charged with tax evasion?

Donna Symmonds
April 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Donna C. Symmonds LL.B. (Hons) Lond.
Attorney-at-Law
Equitas Chambers, Alexander House.
Pinfold Street, Bridgetown, BB 11127 Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 429-9045 • Fax (246) 429-3355
E-mail: loos@caribsurf.com

Consultants: Algernon W. Symmonds, G.C.M, Q.C.
Leslie F Haynes, Q.C.

April 8, 2011

The Managing Editor
Barbados Free Press     By Email

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Court Report carried in Barbados Free Press on 2nd April 2011

I act on behalf of Mrs Denise Haynes in the above-captioned matter.

I am instructed by my client who complains about a story reported in Barbados Free Press on the 2nd day of April 2011 regarding persons charged with failing to file income tax returns.

The report indicates inter alia the following:
“………………..while two of the matters against attorney Ona Harewood were discontinued after it was proven that she was studying overseas for two of the years for which she was charged.”

“Those who appeared had their matters adjourned; some will reappear on June 10; others on May 13 and one on May 6”

The report ended by listing the persons who appeared before the Court including my client, Mrs Denise Haynes, whom I represented in Court on the 1st day of April 2011 in the matter referred to in the above-mentioned newspaper report.

This report failed to detail that all of the charges against Mrs Haynes were discontinued unconditionally since she had proven to the Department of Inland Revenue prior to 1st April 2011 that she had not been resident nor had she carried on a business in Barbados during the income years for which the said charges related.

…/2
…/2

April 8, 2011

The Managing Editor
Barbados Free Press     By Email

This said report is not a fair and accurate account of what transpired in Court on the 1st day of April 2011 with regard to my client and, as a result of the publication of the said report as aforesaid, my client has been held up in the public to ridicule and condemnation and her reputation as an Attorney-at-Law injured. My client regards this above- specified story as defamatory.

I ask, therefore, that you publish in Barbados Free Press by Thursday 14th April 2011 a full and complete withdrawal and apology( in terms approved by me and my client) and in a position similar to and with equal prominence as the story of which my client complains. In addition, my client must be indemnified in respect of damages and costs incurred in this matter.

Your urgent response is awaited.

Yours faithfully,

(Not signed as sent electronically)

Donna C. Symmonds
DCS/dcs

c.    Mrs Denise Haynes

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48 responses to “Attorney Donna Symmonds receives public apology from Barbados Free Press – sort of, but not really.

  1. HMG!

    BFP, you are bad bad bad!

    Forgetaboutthat, I want to know was it the government workers’ fault or the attorney’s fault that she was charged with tax evasion?

    You are right BFP. It would be ethical for Attorney Symmonds to let us know if the fault is with her client. At this moment I think the goverment tax peoples screwed up is the most likely.

  2. Soho Swinger

    I want to know too. Was Mrs Denise Haynes charged because of an error by the government or did she not notify the government that she was a non-resident.

    Separate question, don’t non-residents still have to file tax reports? Did everybody get a break like Mrs. Haynes did if they lived across the pond? Don’t be too quick to appologise BFP. There might be another side to this story.

  3. Most likely story

    The tax employees most likely made the mistake. They are scum!

  4. Bajanne in Vincy

    Bouyaka!!!
    Barbados Free Press…..are you British? That was the best sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek yet well-thought-out piece of writing that I have read since…..well, I don’t know how long!

  5. West Side Davie

    Dear Cliverton,

    This is a good post and a proper response to the rude threatening letter that Symmonds posted on the comments. As your “nevermind kurt” would say: NEVERMIND the rudeness.

    I want to know. Was Mrs. Haynes charged because of her carelessness or because the SCUM from the TAX PEOPLE have the intelligence of two slugs mating?

    U R Right: Donna Symmonds should clarify if the fault was with her client or the tax people AKA >>>>>>>> SCUM!!!!

    LOL 🙂

  6. scummy-bummy

    Tax department employees are scum. they didn’t listen to Mrs. Haynes and charged her with the crime then they had to drop everything because they were wrong. Tax department employees are scum.

  7. Adrian hinds

    excellent article. I am incline took asked bajans in the north american diaspora for their considerations when hiring a bajan attorney.

  8. Cricket in the Jungle

    Careful guys, Mrs Haynes is Leslie Haynes wife, she was legal advisor to WIPA in Trinidad and commuted to Trinidad from Barbados… LIAT and Caribbean Airlines would have the info.

  9. Adrian Hinds

    Chuspe! ok she is married, so what? When Bajans in the diaspora as well as those on the rock need legal services at home, they need to feel that there are in a contract with someone who will be thorough and treat to their situation as if it were they own. “There own” raises an issue.
    It is an issue if you as a service provider allows your name to be sullied with a charge of tax evasion. To me the only way you could be fully exonerated and be perceptively restored as a service provider worthy of providing to me the level service that you would give to yourself, is if the D.o.I.R never sent any notice to pay; a point on which dropping all charges of tax evasion would not suffice. If no prior notices were sent and the first time that you were made aware that you may owe back taxes is via a charge being laid, then you should seek a legal opinion on such, because this why any injury to your reputation would have occured. Since there is no record of the D.o.I.R being sued in repect to this matter, nor of the D.o.I.R issuing an apology, then I can assume that communications were sent and were probably ignored until the summoms to court.
    I wouldn’t have much confidence that someone who allows this to occur with their personal obligations, if indeed it did occur, could handle my personal matters without concern. Am I wrong?

  10. Anonymous

    Usually, I don’t bother with the Barbados Free Press and their clumsy speculation. But I feel the need to clear up some issues. Mrs. Haynes was living in Trinidad as she was attending Hugh Wooding Law School. After receiving her certificate of legal education, she remained and worked in Trinidad until her children had completed their secondary school education there. She had the right to work there being a Trinidadian citizen by birth and is a naturalized Barbadian citizen. With regard to her “business” it was personal, not of any company matter. The authorities in Barbados were informed of her situation.

  11. Adrian Hinds

    @anon
    Why did you bother? Being ask to appear in court on a charge of tax evasion is what sullied her name if such has indeed occurred. Don’t you think these two jokers should sue the DoIR rather than come on a blog attempting to instill fear and extract damages? The blogs did not accuse anyone or ask them to appear in court. chuspe!

  12. Fence Sitter

    Oh Lordy……BFP you near kill muh!

  13. Anonymous

    @ Adrian Hinds

    I posted because people seemed to want to know.

  14. Ah Lie?

    I think this is a straight drive by Donna Symmonds (LOL). I think she purposefully posted the letter in the comments section to clear her client’s name.

    All of us now know that her client was innocent. (Ball gone fuh four).

    If she had posted it at nationnews.com it would have cleared the boundary, but the only problem is, nationnews.com moderate their comments and wouldn’t have allowed it.

    It is interesting how all and sundry are using the blogs to seek justice.

  15. Ah Lie?

    What also got me hay can’t stop laughing is this piece which insures that BFP give a public apology at the same exonerating her client.

    “I ask, therefore, that you publish in Barbados Free Press by Thursday 14th April 2011 a full and complete withdrawal and apology( in terms approved by me and my client) and in a position similar to and with equal prominence as the story of which my client complains. In addition, my client must be indemnified in respect of damages and costs incurred in this matter.”

    🙂

  16. Adrian Hinds

    @ Ah lie
    Yuh struggling to make a point! I shouldn’t be this difficult.

    Here is a point. This lawyer will always be remembered as one of several high profile bajans that got dragged to court on charges of tax evasion that were later drop. There isn’t any getting around that.

  17. Lawyers for lawyers , for the little people? ya dog DEAD. she should the NEWS US$100.000.00. like they charge Coby Bryan for speaking the truth.

  18. If it was a personal income situation, how long ago had your client previously notified Barbados that she was no longer a resident? Is this a situation where your client was an innocent victim of government ineptitude and irresponsibility?

  19. I spy

    Who they gine sue, BFP ? LMAO

  20. Grow up Girl

    Truth or Slur

    http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/a-gay-former-player-responds-to-kobe-bryant/?smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

    Kobe knows better and paid the price.. Don’t worry though his lawyer will appeal and the lawyers will be making money as usual.

    Whether it was the N of F word he represents a league that does not condone bigotry.

  21. Tina Roach

    When did this happen ?
    Its a shame
    who the cow likes , you know what he does
    By the way
    Is there a link to Barbados Underground here

  22. Anonymous

    @BFP

    What do you mean by “Weasel Words from Attorney Insider”?

  23. Nostradamus

    @Adrian Hinds
    I thought she was “dragged” to court for not filing income tax returns.

  24. BFP

    @ What do you mean by “Weasel Words from Attorney Insider”?

    The “Attorney Insider” is the person who submitted the information beginning “Usually, I don’t bother with the Barbados Free Press and their clumsy speculation. But I feel the need to clear up some issues. Mrs. Haynes was living in Trinidad as she was attending Hugh Wooding Law School…”

    They obviously are an insider to the situation because they present information not found in the press. Fair enough.

    The spin they say is this… “The authorities in Barbados were informed of her situation.”

    Oh yes, the authorities “were informed”, but this insider weaselly doesn’t say WHEN and that is the big issue and they know it but they dance around it. That’s weasel words. Like a lawyer would do, 100% accurate statement designed to mislead! LOL. Deliberately avoids the real issue and looks like they tell the truth. Lawyers!!! LOL

    If the client who was charged with tax evasion informed Barbados authorities years ago that she became a non-resident, then the authorities are at fault for charging her.

    If the client never bothered to inform Barbados tax authorities, and she ignored letters for tax demands when she is an attorney herself and knew the laws, then the client is at fault for being negligent and disrespectful to barbados law.

    If “The authorities in Barbados were informed of her situation.” only recently, then it is the client’s negligence and ignoring the law that got her charged.

    But what Donna Symmonds and the client are doing now is to give the impression that it is the tax people’s fault and the client was totally innocent. That’s unfair to the tax peoples if it’s not true.

    As we originally wrote to Attorney Donna Symmonds:


    “Folks would like to know whether the fault is the government’s or your client’s and it would only be ethical to let the public know. That’s only fair to the government workers.

    I mean, if it’s not the government’s fault, you wouldn’t want the public thinking it was, would you?”

    You think that Donna Symmonds and her client who is a lawyer haven’t read this? Of course they have. But they remain silent and don’t want to answer this reporter’s question.

    Barbadians are interested in knowing if our tax authorities screwed up and were over-bearing, or if it was the fault of Donna Symmond’s client.

    Donna and her client made a big deal of this, not Barbados Free Press. But now that we see the news story we’re hanging on like a little terrier because the people of Barbados deserve the truth and not spin.

    So what’s the story Donna Symmonds? Were the charges the fault of your client or the tax peoples?

  25. rasta man

    Wouldn’t the Tax people know the answer as well?

  26. BFP

    Hi Rasta man,

    Sur the tax people would know, but they cannot speak due to the law. They have to remain silent and cannot defend themselves.

    It’s about the truth, and Bajans right to know what happens in the court process, why the charges were laid and why they were dropped. No transparency means the system could be corrupted. A free press asking questions protects the courts and justice system. But we seem to be the only ones asking the hard questions. Not healthy for Barbados and democracy and stuff!

  27. Pig Foot

    Barbados ”Free” Press? What is free about it? Certainly not freedom of speech as the persons who hide anonymously behind this site like frightened little girls decided to cut off posts from a contributor because they did not like what they were saying.

    Where is free speech? That famous line “I might not like what you are saying but I will fight to my death for you to say it” does not apply here. Instead “Is my bat and my ball, so I batting first. And, when I get out, I tekking the bat and ball and going home”

    A blog that denigrates, maligns and sometimes comes close to libel trying to compare themselves to the mainline Barbadian press. Ha!

    A gone!

  28. Anonymous

    @Pig Foot

    You speak sense, my friend! This blog needs to realise that if it intends to represent itself as being comparable to the mainline Bajan press as you put it, should then realise it has certain duties and responsibilities.

  29. Anonymous

    @BFP

    Just one, question-how do you classify yourself? Would you say that what you engage in on this blog is journalism?

  30. Taxman

    Thank you to Barbados Free Press for raising the question of individual responsibility in tax matters. Without commenting upon the present file, I would like it to be known that a decision has been made to pursue individuals who ignore filing requirements. Charges and penalties are not initiated without due consideration or investigation into each file. By the time charges are filed there should have been a thorough investigation performed. I’m not saying that mistakes cannot be made, but it is unlikely that anyone facing charges woke up one day in total surprise to find themselves before the court.

    It is the responsibility of the individual or business to notify the government when they become a non-resident or cease doing business. Expect to see another group before the court in the not too distant future and that is a fair warning.

  31. RLL

    Donna act like a typical lawyer bully. Demand this demand that. Demand for costs. I’m a imporant lawyer u r nothing.

    Answer the question Donna. Is it gov’t fault your client was charged, or her fault?

    Answer the frikien question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. @Pig Foot – re: BFP viz. Bat & Ball, then you say a la Elombe Mottley “Ah Gone!” Is this not a case of pot shrieking at the kettle over levels of char displayed?

    Everyone always attacks me on my size and that is because I do not hide, while at SSA – I was made to understand there’s a strong possibility Environment Minister Lowe wanted me sacked since it’s alleged he felt I was a Bee and I wrote constantly against him on Graeme Hall, it never entered his flea-sized cerebellum (if indeed so) that I merely felt Graeme Hall was sadness which need not exist in its current degradation?

    If the situation I posed does have a basis in fact then I was victimised for having a blog, you expect when Free Press and others have these methods of expression to state who they are and face far more than myself or Afra Raymond (another openly questioning Social Media Activist who was victimised for his open questioning of Authority and internecine corruption)?

    When you stop referring to yourself as “Pig Foot” and use your own name, please return and castigate us ALL, y’hear?

  33. Nostradamus

    @ Anonymous
    “….This blog needs to realise that if it intends to represent itself as being comparable to the mainline Bajan press….”

    I don’t think they ever have and I hope that BFP never represents itself as being comparable to the waste of time mainline joke press we have around here.
    BFP is asking all the right questions in this case and not being cowed by some part time broadcaster/lawyer.

  34. Anonymous

    So BFP is just a gossip monger then? Ah, ok, I get it.

  35. ac

    @BFP
    Do you really think that attorney symmonds going to reply to your ridiclous probing . It is so obvious BFP is playing a game of tit for tat. BTW her only obligation is to her client. She doesn’t need to or have to answer to your queries.

  36. Anonymouse

    Anonymous is another “attack the messenger” stooge.

  37. Adrian Hinds

    Nostradamus
    April 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    @Adrian Hinds
    I thought she was “dragged” to court for not filing income tax returns.

    Well she wasn’t “dragged” anywhere was she now? Thanks for the correction.

  38. Nostradamus

    @ Adrian Hinds

    You keep repeating that her and others were before the court on charges of tax evasion .

    As far as I know her and others were before the court for not filing income tax returns. A completely different charge to tax evasion

  39. Ricky Ticky Tavie

    ac says about Donna Symmonds “BTW her only obligation is to her client.”

    LOL! Pity Donna wasn’t thinking about the impact to her client when she angrily posted her bullying letter online and started a public fight that her client can’t finish.

    I want to know too. Was it the tax people’s fault like Donna pretends? Was it her client’s fault for not being as responsible as she should have. Tax department aren’t mind readers. You have to notify them when you stop filing tax returns or they get nasty!

  40. Tina Roach

    VICTIMIZATION is real
    Tell them Ian
    However I did not know you left SSA
    Alf Padmore doing the job, you did.
    I heard him but I thought that he was just doing advertisements–/public relations —just one off

    so you left SSA
    I did not know that
    well well well one really loses track of happenings

  41. Beefcake

    One thing I wondered about the original story behind being brought to court, and then reinforced by the comment from “Taxman” higher up:

    Is the court being used as a tool of last resort or a tool of first instance?

    I would like to think that if someone is behind on filing or paying that Inland Revenue would try to contact those in arrears. If these people are being carried (or dragged) before court by surprise, it almost seems as an act of maliciousness, even if I.R. is within its rights to do this. You also have to wonder if the intent of their names being published is an attempt to humiliate, and not just to report news? Think about those occasions where lists of debtors to NIS were published.

    I’d like to think that the people going to court are extreme cases where they ignored attempts by I.R. to get the matter resolved.

  42. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    ac: once again you show a complete inability to grasp the details of a situation. Either that or you come here with a hard on for BFP and and a preconceived response to anything that BFP posts. In other words your slip/petticoat is showing. Critical thinking is difficult while wearing a petticoat.
    Let me make some salient points for you. The Barbados Taxation Authority released information to The Nation newspaper who in turn printed a list of people/businesses that did not file their tax returns. BFP copied and pasted the Nation’s article. Mizzzzzzz Symmonds, a lawyer for one of those people listed, chose to go after BFP instead of The Tax Authority or the Nation without providing proof of wrong doing by BFP. She has offered no explanation or proof as to her client’s notifying The Barbados Tax Authority as to her status in Trinidad. Mizzzz Symmonds has chosen to go after what she thinks is the weakest link in the chain.
    ac: a man who wears a petticoat can not be taken seriously.

  43. michael

    Sir Alexander Hamilton, stated uncategorial when the Constitution of the United States of America was in its infancy, that the essence of any democracy lies in the institution of the free press.
    Those words that was expressed so long ago still remains the symbol of the American democrcay to this present day.
    The free press in America continues to shape the social, political and moral matrix of the American society.It is a fact that in America, the press can make or break careers.

  44. ac

    @ anonymous not by choice
    now look at you with your slanderous attacks on me. LOL. Now fuhreal Look whose slip is showing. I think you need a thread and a needle
    Get over it.

  45. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    ac: thanks for proving my point that you are incapable of grasping what you read. Kindly point out to me, where in my post, I have said anything “slanderous”. If you do not know what constitutes “slander” best not to banter the word about. It makes you look the fool that you are.

  46. ac

    when a person makes a derogatory or demeaning or unwarranted remarks towards another without proof. You must check your use of words they can get you in serious trouble. Sorry I am aFOOL that is your terminology not mine . BTW I can in now way have a “hard on” but if i could i would not use it here.A waste of good time and energy.

  47. ac

    the above comment was fot Anonymous not by choice

  48. Checkered Flag

    The IRD does not have to know that you were not resident. They have to know that you are a registered income earner who has not filed. The onus is on you to show why. Stop bashing the IRD workers who only doing their job to get some coffers in the empty treasury! But I wish that they would go on Swan Street for some of those stores that dont give a receipt.