MY name is Tim. I am a 40-year-old graphic designer on the Island of Abaco and a citizen of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. I believe the Bahamas is indeed in need of tax reform; in fact we are likely more than overdue. Import duties have long been an inefficient model for the country due in large part to how easily and often they are circumvented and go unpaid.
THE public is becoming irate over the July 1, 2014, deadline for the enforcement of VAT. There’s an air of trepidation around lately, and it’s not going away any time soon.
THE rollout of the new Value Added Tax regime is seemingly setting up to become an unholy mess!
USUALLY, you can’t find songwriter Eric Minns anywhere in Nassau, the town of his birth. So you might legitimately expect him to be either in Freeport or in jail – but you would be wrong.
TODAY, as I write this column, I find myself questioning: ‘Is the Bahamas truly a country only for friends, families and lovers of politicians and the politically connected?’
THERE is a move afoot to make welfare in the Bahamas conditional on taking steps to reduce obesity, eat better, get regular health checkups, and improve education results. You may not think that is terribly important in the overall scheme of things, but you would be dead wrong.
TODAY, as national anxieties are being expressed about Value Added Tax (VAT) and our country faces uncertain times, I’ve decided to take a cursory glance at this hot button topic with a view to expanding the discussion from various angles, from the local and international perspectives to more technical and scientific points of view, in a series of columns in the next week and thereafter.
THE problem with the government’s inept handling of the value-added tax initiative is that no-one really wants to advocate higher taxes – even if you are a partisan warrior.
BAHAMIANS have generally felt that the powers that be do not truly have a healthcare agenda and, frankly, do not care about the public healthcare system.
THE following is an excerpt from Bahamas Sketchbook, Islands in the Sun, a new hardcover picture book by acclaimed watercolour artist Graham Byfield which launches next month.
THIS week, Prime Minister Perry Christie appears to be having a crisis of confidence as several of his backbenchers—and even a Cabinet minister—have panned the proposed Gaming Bill and publicly (and some privately) have stated their categorical intent to vote down such an idiotic, blatantly discriminatory Bill if it’s ever moved to a Parliamentary vote. Mr Christie appears to have lost control of his Parliamentary Caucus.
FOR most people of a certain age, our image of the cheerful, helpful and super intelligent bottlenose dolphin was formed by the iconic 1960s Flipper television series – a marine version of Lassie.
THERE appears to be a proliferation of Bahamian contractors who are downright shysters, daily engaging in deceptive business practices.
LAST Thursday, I received an unexpected call from Philip Weech, head of the Bahamas Environment Science & Technology Commission. He notified me (and presumably others) that the long-sought environmental impact assessment for the planned Bimini Bay cruise ferry terminal had finally been published on the commission’s website.
IN order for true national development to be attained, the government—if only for a period—must pass essential air services legislation and/or implement regulations that would foster a greater interconnectivity of our archipelago.