The property tax intake is lower than I thought
In my last Sunday column, I quoted a Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) senior staff as saying on a GRA television programme that property tax for 2010 formed three percent of total taxes.
Christopher Ram called me the next day and told me the actual figure from published data is 1.4 percent. So these GRA people go in the media and deliberately deceive the public. Ram was reading from a document which that GRA person had to have access to
How frightening it is that property tax is only 1.4 percent of all revenues collected. This is incredibly crazy. When you look at just ten billionaires in this country, the prodigious wealth and the personal assets they have (the family jewelry must equal that of the British throne and the late Elizabeth Taylor’s), then property tax cannot be 1.4 percent of total revenue for 1010. This is insanity of the worst kind.
Just to pay property tax on one luxurious vehicle would be more than a whopping sum. Why do I have to pay property tax as a salried employee (my wife included) and Guyana’s billionaires are not being asked by the GRA to do the same or the GRA is not sending them the forms as Kurshid Sattaur did in my case.
Finally, and I will elaborate in one of my columns shortly, one of the most uncaring and cruel governments in the Third World, is protesting impending unemployment of some of its supporters in a propaganda unit named NCN. And guess who are with them?
Rohee and Irfan Ally? My question to Rohee -can you tell us how many properties you have and from whom were they bought and why your American visa was suspended? For Ally, can you describe to the NCN workers the house you are building at Leonara with swimming pool and pool house?
Can you tell the NCN workers from whom the property was bought? Maybe as a public figure in politics you could also relate to them how your income is shaped that allowed for such expenditure