The Trinidad and Tobago Lotto Agents Association (TTLAA) is calling on the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert to intervene in the running of the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) or their members would desist from selling lottery tickets and return the machines to the control board.
In a press conference today, the TTLAA president, Allen Campbell, described the lotteries governing agency as a" runaway horse". He said the NLCB continues to give agents conflicting information and unilaterally suppressing their machines.
One of the major talking points coming out of the $53 billion 2020 budget delivered by Finance Minister Colm Imbert last week Monday (Oct 7th) was the increase in salaries for CEPEP (Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme) and URP Unemployment Relief Programme) workers of 15 per cent.
The move was hailed by some as a good one but criticized by others as being a local government election ploy.
Economist Marla Dukharan is making it clear she has no intention of being dragged into a war of words with Finance Minister Colm Imbert.
Yesterday, RBC’s former senior economist shot into the spotlight after the minister said his statement about a ‘sterile discussion’ was directed to her and not to the audience at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s post-Budget discussion.
But even with shifting blame game and public interest in the matter, Dukheran says it’s time to move on.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says it is clear to the Ministry of Finance that people are willing to pay the Property Tax and he said that's why the Cabinet has agreed to extend the deadline for submission of forms to June 5th.
Speaking at today's post-Cabinet media conference, Minister Imbert said the fact that people are lining up to submit the forms, shows that they have not acceded to the calls by some to "rip up forms" and not pay the tax.
The Minister told the media that 60,000 forms were submitted last week and another 90,000 this week ahead of the May 22nd deadline.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is seeking to clear the air on a news report he says misrepresented what he told journalists at Thursday's post-Cabinet news conference.
The following is a statement sent by the Ministry of Finance on the matter.
"The Minister of Finance has taken note of an article in the Daily Express Newspaper of October 28, 2016, entitled “Punishment on Punishment” and a headline “Gas Dealers Defy Colm”.
The article is inaccurate and based on a false premise.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he expects a reply from the United States' Treasury sometime next week on the Government's request for an extension of the deadline to become FATCA compliant.
The Minister told a news conference after the breakdown of the debate today, that the Government could not allow the bill to go to a vote and fail because it would have taken another six months before it could have been brought back to Parliament.
Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert says Attorney General Faris Al Rawi's claim that uncollected VAT amounts to $12 billion, is not correct.
"I don't know exactly where the Attorney General got that figure from but that's not the figure I have," Minister Imbert told today's post-Cabinet media conference.
The AG made the comments as he addressed the Chamber of Industry and Commerce on Wednesday.