Contributed anonymously by BFP reader ‘Burning Gas Valve’
I just read the Barbados Free Press August 23, 2013 article headlined “Barbados Inland Revenue fails to act on tax cheat information“.
The Inland Revenue should investigate Harris Paints who has laid off many Barbadians in recent years, “to cut costs”, but at the same time they use companies (Industrial Supplies Incorporated and Harris Paints International) registered in BVI and St. Lucia, respectively to siphon off the profits and avoid paying taxes, although the “management and control” resides in Wildey, Barbados.
This would be an easy case for the Barbados Inland Revenue to solve simply by doing a standard tax audit of Harris Paints Barbados and also at the Wildey Head Office. I will read Barbados Free Press to see if you can get the Inland Revenue to move on this case to get this company to pay its fair share of taxes.
Burning Gas Valve
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Harris Paints operates throughout the Caribbean. From their website…
The Harris Group of Companies, commonly known as Harris Paints, is one of the Caribbean’s leading manufacturers of architectural finishes, building products and industrial coatings.
Established in Barbados in 1972, our organization was built on the goal of manufacturing the best quality products, available in the most beautiful colours, and delivered with unmatched service.
We have grown dramatically over the years, most recently with the acquisition of Brandram-Henderson (B-H Paints), a leading Jamaican paint manufacturer founded in 1962.
Today, Harris employs over 300 people across the region, and manufactures paint in Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guyana, and Jamaica. We also distribute paints and related products to over 15 countries in the Caribbean.
To complement the lines of product we manufacture, we also distribute many leading international brands of paint, accessories and performance coatings, and are agents for brands including Glidden, Dulux, Flood, International Paint, Rust-Oleum, Feb Building Products, Devoe Coatings and LG Harris.
The Harris Group of Companies also has an exclusive strategic alliance with AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, the world’s largest paint and coatings company. The support of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints and the use of their formulations, colour technologies, and global best practices help us to continually innovate and bring new products and solution to our customers.
In addition to offering a wide range of top quality products, Harris Paints and B-H Paints also offer the widest range of colours, and the most comprehensive design tools and advice in the region. This makes us the Caribbean Champions of Colour!