West: Government does not anticipate Property Tax being due this year

Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Allyson West, says Government does not anticipate Property Tax being due this year as valuations are still progressing slowly while they await the outcome of the matter that is currently before the courts.

While Minister Colm Imbert announced a tax amnesty for three months, yesterday there was no word on the due date for property tax payments.

In 2017, the Ministry of Finance put out a press release requesting property owners to complete and submit valuation forms along with relevant documents.

But that was challenged by activist Devant Maharaj and a legal team led by former AG Anand Ramlogan.

They filed for judicial review saying the request was illegal based on Section 6 of the Valuations of Land Act.

But almost one year later Government won the matter in the High Court. Justice Jacqueline Wilson said she believed that the request to submit property details was voluntary.

The Valuations Commission was then ordered to publish notices in the daily newspapers informing the public that the submission process is voluntary.

The matter is now pending to be heard in the Appeal Court.

Meanwhile, Colm Imbert had previously assured citizens that homeowners would not be required to make retroactive payments on Property Tax.

Reporter: Akash Samaroo

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