Tax-payers in this country are being urged to pay their taxes.

In his first address to the nation for 2016, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said today that too many tax-payers, including large and medium-sized tax-payers, simply do not pay their taxes as required under the law.

He stated that some $200 million are owed in arrears of taxes, of all categories, and interest and penalties.

He is demanding that the Tax Authorities administer the tax laws with fairness and firmness, since the government cannot properly execute its necessary and desirable programmes if taxes are not being paid by so many persons.

Dr. Gonsalves also expressed displeasure about complaints that some employers do not pay over to the National Insurance Services (NIS) their own NIS contributions and those which they have deducted from their employees’ salaries or wages.

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