Mukesh Ramsingh, Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce president.

The Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPLCC) is calling on the Government to extend the deadline for the tax amnesty.

Chamber President Mukesh Ramsingh said even though the Minister of Finance extended the deadline from September 17 to October 1, 2021, it is still not enough time for businesses that were affected by the pandemic to get the necessary paperwork in order.

Speaking with Guardian Media yesterday, Ramsingh said “because of the pandemic and the short period of time for which they have been opened so far they cannot seem to get all their tax payments ready in such a short time.”

With regards to the looming property tax, Ramsingh said the government should show some empathy.

The people know they have to pay the taxes, we are just asking for some time and making sure that the system is a system where the people can handle the payments affordably at this time.”

Ramsingh said he hopes the upcoming budget would show some form of empathy and leniency towards the business sector that has been heavily impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.