Tag "Income Tax"


‘We owe it to our children’

POSSIBLY raising the 20p in the pound income tax rate and taking more tax from businesses have been suggested as ‘progressive measures’ in an amendment to raise more revenue for the States.

Silver bullets miss their target

THE metal may change but the metaphor remains remarkably consistent. Three times in the past few weeks ministers have insisted that there is no silver/golden bullet to kill off key problems. The first to reach for their guns was the chief minister. Seeking to play down expectations after two upbeat financial statements Deputy St Pier employed a range of images. First two swallows did not make a summer then the island had not found a silver bullet to kill off its long-term financial woes. An ageing population, welfare reform, capital investment, the costs of Brexit and data protection. The list of fundamental issues was long.

Is there a hidden agenda behind office relocations?

SO, THE States of Guernsey have no money when it comes to helping people here, yet we can send thousands of pounds away to help overseas. Even if that bugs people, surely nothing can get people in need but refused help more irritable than watching our government throw away millions on moving departments from one building to another. Perhaps there is a hidden agenda behind these moves? Could it be that Housing are gearing up to hand over all their houses to the Housing Association? – something that was always questioned from the very first meeting with the association by the States House Tenants’ Action Group. Not only is the move costing a quoted £3m., but it just does not fit in anywhere at any level. Not only is it going to overpopulate a building, but the location and setting of the building is a huge problem and will create overbearing problems for people – and in the main disabled people.

‘Toothless’ States should protect building industry

AGAIN the Guernsey public find it so frustrating about continuing reports in the news media of the white van man situation happening so often in our island. This has been going on for years and still our ‘toothless’ government does nothing to improve this situation and help protect the survival of our building industry. A meeting was called last year by certain deputies and the building industry attended and still nothing has happened, again toothless and afraid to do something about it. Our sister island once again are more intelligent than us and have created laws and licences to control this problem over there. Yet Jersey firms and UK firms can work here with no penalties or licences and yet if Guernsey tradesmen work over there then once again they have to use the Jersey laws to work, an unfair situation.

Forget GST, debt is where the action is

A radical suggestion that both the island’s financial black hole and income tax could be wiped out by introducing GST at 27% has drawn strong public interest. It does not take a doctorate in economics to see that such an idea, were it to be implemented, would have a massive effect on the island. Thankfully, it is a long way from even being considered, let alone executed. It is just two economists blue-sky theorising about what might be feasible.

Unless States saves, GST will rise again

IT IS a debate that refuses to die. The spectre of a GST has again been raised as one of the answers to finally eliminating the deficit in States finances. While the option in the Annual Independent Fiscal Policy Review of a 27% GST coupled with scrapping income tax is one straight from economists’ wildest dreams, it is a timely reminder.

Time to stop squeezing

Squeezing the people has become a habit, but deputies should deliver on their election promises, says our columnist. (Shutterstock)

Despite decade-long promises that spending will be brought under control and we will balance our books, it’s becoming clear that no one in the Assembly believes that any more. The subliminal message is that it’s time for them to squeeze more blood out of the people while failing to attend to public sector spending. Don’t stand for it, says Horace Camp

Economic battle unites island states

FROM Tonga to Trinidad and Iceland to Fiji the islands of the world are drawn together in another illuminating report from Island Global Research. While it is hard at times to see the issues facing the Cook Islands off New Zealand as being as relevant to our Bailiwick as those in Jersey and the Isle of Man, the latest collation of facts and figures from 25 jurisdictions around the globe offers much food for thought. Not least of which are some radical ideas for dealing with debt and a weakening global economy and balancing direct and indirect taxes.

New position makes change less taxing

WHEN a year ago the States asked islanders what the public sector was doing right and wrong in delivering services it was clear where the biggest problems could be found. A bar chart detailing answers to the question ‘Which service were you least satisfied with?’ had a single skyscraper of dissatisfaction: Income Tax. More than 360 people identified the Cornet Street department as unsatisfactory compared to just 75 for Education, the next worst performing unit.

Is this how we intend to treat pensioners?

THIS letter follows: Income tax status change ‘penny pinching’, 24 March 2016, Tax status change ‘discrimination of the highest order’, 30 March 2016, and Income tax amendment ‘grossly unfair’, 7 April 2016. Most States members, I feel, must have slept through this income tax amendment part of the Billet and by the lack of response I have had from Treasury and Resources, are still sleeping.

Income tax status change ‘penny-pinching’

I write to you (Treasury and Resources) concerning my income tax marital status. I am an ex-Guernsey civil servant, married and had lived in Guernsey for many years where we brought up our family, some being educated there and all having worked in Guernsey.