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Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest delivers the Budget Communication. Photo: Terrel W Carey/Tribune staff

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Turnquest U-turn over property tax increases

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'We kept rise secret to avoid disruption'

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12% - now the backlash

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Ouch! Peter turns the screw on VAT

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OMG 1 year, 1 month ago

Maybe to offset this rise which was necessary in my opinion, legislate that gratuities in retaurants are voluntary and not mandatory. This 18% added to a bill whether the service is good or bad is wrong and as things stand will add 30% to a meal. By giving the customer control it will reduce the meal cost after tax and most customers will have the choice of tipping. It is blatantly unfair that the tip is a fixed percentage based upon how much you spend.


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