Ramotar’s Tax Review Committee never reviewed any taxes
…replacement for ill committee member being sought – Dr Luncheon
The much vaunted Tax Review Committee, which had been established by Head of State Donald Ramotar days after taking Office, has never actually gotten down to reviewing any taxes and the Committee has run into its first major hurdle.
This was confirmed recently by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, who told this publication that the work of the Committee is currently on hold until a replacement for one of its members is found.
He reported that Dr. Cyril Solomon, who was a serving member of the Committee, has since fallen ill and is currently overseas for medical treatment.
Dr. Luncheon says that the President is currently seeking a replacement for Dr. Solomon on that Committee, as it is highly unlikely he will be returning to the post.
It was at this point in time that Dr. Luncheon disclosed that the Committee has not actually gotten down to reviewing any of the taxes in the country.
Dr. Luncheon said that up until the untimely illness of Dr. Solomon, the Committee had only been dealing with its “Terms of Reference.”
The other members of the Committee are Clifford Reis who is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Banks DIH Limited and Ronald Ali.
The announcement of the formation of the Committee came a mere two weeks after Ramotar took Office.
He had indicated that the initiative stems from a commitment out of the party’s 2011 election manifesto.
At the time he had sought to explain that the government is cognizant of the concerns raised by many Guyanese about the need to either revamp or improve the country’s taxation system, and was optimistic that when the review is complete, more progress will be derived.
“I hope that they will begin their work shortly…The terms of reference have also been completed and sent to them…,” President Ramotar said.
It is those terms of reference that the President had spoken of, that Dr. Luncheon said the Committee was working on, up to the time of Dr. Solomon’s illness.
Ramotar at the time had said that all of the resources which were necessary would be made available to the three- man Committee.