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Opposition demands that the Gov’t comes clean on billions collected for Environmental Tax – 23rd May 2013

shot0024It is estimated that since it was introduced in 1995, the Environmental Tax has garnered 18 Billion Dollars. But opposition Parliamentarians who were being called on by the Government to review the tax refused to do so, insisting that the Government needs to account for what has been collected so far.

The Government was proposing changes to the Customs Act, under which the Environmental Tax falls.

The Customs Amendment Bill 2013 sought to amend the 1195 Act, which imposed $10 on every container, metal, glass or plastic container holding any drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage coming into the country.

The Government wanted to reduce that tax by $5 dollars, but to impose a $5 tax on goods imported to produce such beverages locally.

The Opposition argued that the tax would be a burden on an already overburdened taxpayer. The Government did not feel the same way.

With the amendments not passed, it means that the original tax of $10 remains on all imported beverages.

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