written by owen, 2013-Aug-22
Launched a website to allow citizens to report bad street lights and public problems etc in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. The site is called Love Clean KSA - I think its a good look. This type of initiative should be implemented across the island - not only as a means of giving people who buy expensive smartphones something productive to do but also to help bring to the fore front public problems which may not be apparent to all the politicians that do not live in the constituencies that they represent.
Anyway I submitted my a fault with a sidewalk in my area and it was surprisingly approved 7 days later. I appluade this first step and I am now looking forward to seeing how long it would actually take for the problem to be fixed before someone falls into it and breaks their leg.
We should all strive to be more than ourselves and stop and look at the cracks in the road.
written by owen, 2013-May-16
Only a matter of time before they'll have to get license plates and pay tax to operate.
written by owen, 2013-Feb-25
This is a clear case of the media wasting time on superfluous issues. While ignoring the prominent issues currently facing the people of Jamaica.
Here is the controversial ad in question;
Now anybody watching that ad would find it funny, unless they have no sense of humor. Or they have just taken part in the NDX. Infact I find that ad less offensive that the stereotypical Volkswagen Game Day 2013 Commercial - because those cars are too expensive for Jamaicans and we don't talk like that, but the Tourist board is glad to knee-jerk anything it can find to make an extra buck instead of promoting things that are actually Jamaican and invest in Jamaica itself - rather than waiting in the bushes.
The song featured in the Advertisement is by Barrington Levy;
"Dem dress up inna jacket & dem dress up inna tie,
Come a court house want to tell peer lies, Dem a murderer, Tellï»¿ dem already wi have to tell dem again Tell dem already wi have to tell dem again"
written by owen, 2013-Feb-21
On the heels of the ministerâ€™s address to the nation we have a new set of tax measures snuck in right before Valentines Day. I am not sure about who is buying flowers this time around. The Letâ€™s build Jamaica package is aimed at further taxing the poor working class people of the nation and allowing the well to do to continue living as if nothing has happened. The new tax reforms will determine the Jamaica we live in as we continue to work toward achieving Vision 2030. This new round of taxes are expected to bring in 15 billion dollars into the governments pockets so they can be able to borrow more money to service more debt and buy new SUVs next year.
We all know how its goes down. The 2012-2013 budget came and went with new taxes on everything from animal feed, books, meat (except chicken), yogart to the phone calls that you recieve as well as the ones you make. So the new thrust is to tax everything you consume. Now lets look at the new taxes (click on the media gallery icon) which will come on board (hopefully I can make sense of it);
Revenue Measures 2013
1. These revenues measures are taken to support the Primary balance of 7.5% GDP that has been requested by the overlords in the IMF. This should not be confused with GNP which is the market value of all products and services produced in one year by labor and property supplied by residents of a country.
2. The first 3 measures are being implemented in order to broaden the tax net as well as ensuring that it is harder for the middle class to dodge the taxes imposed on them. All this is a value added tax (VAT) on consumption. The VAT has been criticized as the burden of it falls on personal end-consumers of products. Some critics consider it to be an aggressive tax, meaning that the poor pay more, as a percentage of their income, than the rich.
3. The Telephone Calls Tax (TCT) introduced last year will be included in the GCT tax base. 1.3B
4. All fees and taxes paid at ports are to be included as part of the GCT tax base. 1.5B
5. Amendment to the GCT Act to account for GCT on face value of prepaid vouchers/airtime. Not sure how this is going to work out - you will have to read this one yourself. Basically they digicel to tax before it sells the credit or something like that. $0.2B
6. Increase the tax on dividents payable to residents to 15%. 0.8B
7. Imposition of Surtax (5%) on the taxable income of Large â€œunregulated companiesâ€ making $500,000,000 or more. They have companies making them kinda monies out here? $1.2B
8. Increase(0.5%) in education tax rate. In order to address the shortfall in the SLB. Less pay for you. $2.8B
Trade Border Tax Measures
9. Customs Administration Fee on all imports (except for charitable organizations, bauxite sector ). Things will cost more in the stores. 1.2B
Other Revenue Enhancement Initiatives (Including compliance measures)
10. Increase in local Stamp Duty Rate and Transfer Tax (on properties). Cost more to sell/buy land. $2.0B
11. Amendment to the fee and gross profit structure for Betting Gaming and Lotteries. In keeping with the inductry request to expand thier earning ability, GOJ has aggreed to allow for the sale of lottery tickets on Sundays and public holidays. Increase in lottery tax (GPT) from 17% and 23% to 20% and 25%. Sell out to the devil, lotto everyday. $1.5B.
12. Reform of the Property Tax rate regime. $3.4B
13. Introduce â€œTransfer Pricingâ€ and Thin Capitalization rules.
For the actual document read; new taxes (click on the media gallery icon)