Barbados Government’s unrealistic taxes & inability to pay tax refunds is causing dumping, ruining the environment and our tourism economy

“Clearly the commercial banks will not extend interest free overdrafts to companies like ours to allow for Government’s inability to meet their obligations, so the financial challenges are further compounded as time goes by.”

“Many businesses have been forced to wait more than two years for submitted VAT refunds without any interest being paid.”

Indiscriminate garbage dumping linked to unrealistic tax structure

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

While at first this week’s column may seem to stray from the subject ‘matter’ and purpose, the consequence of certain actions has a direct negative effect on our tourism performance.

As a business we get absolutely no ‘free’ state collection of garbage.

We sort and separate everything we can with the wonderful assistance of B’s Recycling and virtually everything else we pay private contractors to collect and dispose of at a considerable cost.

Therefore when the Municipal Solid Waste Tax was imposed, almost without warning, the additional (in our case) $8,000 a year in further unbudgeted taxation was especially irksome as we have been asked to pay for something we do not in any way benefit from directly.

Compounding this already unfair situation is the announced tipping fee which the waste disposal companies will be forced to pass on to their customers like us.

This at a time when we are among many businesses who have been forced to wait more than two years for submitted VAT refunds without any interest being paid.

Clearly the commercial banks will not extend interest free overdrafts to companies like ours to allow for Government’s inability to meet their obligations, so the financial challenges are further compounded as time goes by.

From a tourism perspective, I also really also wonder if our policymakers have truly thought this through. While you cannot condemn any Government for indiscriminate dumping, clearly there has been a marked increase in this unfortunate practice, especially in some of our outstanding natural beauty spots.  Does anyone think for a single second that our visitors do not notice these blights on our amazing landscape? 

And especially important to consider is that the vast majority of people who visit our shores originate from countries that already have sophisticated waste disposal systems in place.

Surely there is more both the political administration and private sector can do to encourage more separation and recycling? If companies like ‘B’s’ can provide a service like they do, hopefully make a profit and at no cost to the taxpayer, surely that is the direction we should be heading… rather than incur further massive national debts which could lead to private sector company insolvency and job losses.

As Government has granted unilateral unprecedented concessions to a tiny section of the tourism sector, then it can only be reasonable, fair and prudent to give that same fiscal advantage to the people who are processing our waste without levying a further burden on the taxpayer?

I don’t think that can be rational person on Barbados that fails to understand the current economic situation the administration finds itself and all sorts of blame and criticism can be leveled in many directions.

But there is much more that can be done to improve our tourism environment without costing a fortune. We just have to identify those willing, able and ready to make those big decisions before we lose our reputation as a mostly pristine and desirable destination.

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4 responses to “Barbados Government’s unrealistic taxes & inability to pay tax refunds is causing dumping, ruining the environment and our tourism economy

  1. yatinkiteasy

    I wonder what the Municipal Waste Tax has yielded to the Government coffers.What % of invoices have been paid? Government is very silent on this. I for one have not paid it, and will probably never pay it. It is not a Land Tax, so it can not be legally assigned to my property, and it is not a personal tax, since it is not legally established to be such. This has got to be the most stupid, immoral, and probably illegal tax ever imposed on Barbadian Residents and dutiful taxpayers..It must be terminated.
    PS, my municipal waste tax bill was more than my land tax bill (which I paid).

  2. John Hanson 1781-1782, I SERVE 1788-1792 BARBADOES,

    We dont care , We took 10 million from the QEH to fix/build our own DLP building , 60 years of crooking the people of Barbados ,, What suckers , We will show the BLP we can take more in a shorter time ,
    VAT and TAX what ,,, that is for poor people , We dont pay any , we just collect it ,

  3. Party Animal

    It is time the people of Barbados down tools and call for this Government to go.
    Only if we had the Balls to do so.

  4. It will never happen Party Animal, and the Minister of Finance says the Barbados Economy is beginning to get better what a LOL. No one that government owed get paid, not even the workers for their tax returns, so they will say things look bright, because they have every one’s money for their deep pockets. I guarantee you, not one of the politicians are owed money by the present administration. What a farce!!!!! and in the papers this morning the PM is saying he doesn’t like to hear the term used ” yard fowl ” LOL