Labour Minister defends Govt’s arrest of tax evasion

first_img…”this is truly a Christmas Budget” – ScottMinister within the Social Protection Ministry with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott has sought to defend the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s staunch stance on tackling tax evasion and tax avoidance, saying more could have been achieved over the years had it not been for the rampant mischief that is tax evasion.Minister within the Social Protection Ministry with responsibility for labour, Keith ScottMinister Scott was at the time giving his presentation in the debate on the 2017 National Estimates (Budget) – a Budget that has since seen Government being on the receiving end of severe criticism over the proposed revised taxation system, inclusive of additional penalties and regulations.According to Minister Scott, “It was established by reputable sources that tax evasion was more rampant then than ever, and I would not say that that situation is any way different today.”Scott used the occasion to point out to the members of the National Assembly that the measures outlined in Budget 2017 are meant to tackle the scourge of tax avoidance and tax evasion head-on “by introducing a series of measures that will arrest this trend which will make available more dollars to the economy and thereby causing more jobs to be created for the benefit of all.”He told the House that the levels of unemployment in Guyana could have been much lower “if there had been a more even distribution in the execution of our legal and moral responsibilities in the context of taxation, that is the payment of the various taxes, including income taxes, rates and taxes”.Speaking to some of the relief measures announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Scott also drew reference to the reduction in the corporation tax meant to benefit large businesses.As such, he reported his pleasure at reiterating that the prayers of the business community had been answered when Minister Jordan announced a reduction in the Corporate Tax from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.Government, he said, will be losing out on in excess of $750 million annually as a result of the concession offered to the business community.Jobs createdAddressing his remit as Minister with responsibility for Labour, Scott told the House that at the beginning of this year the Ministry’s Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency had projected finding employment for some 3500 persons.He told the House that the Ministry managed to achieve 89 per cent of its target by placing some 3122 individuals in gainful employment.Speaking to the reduction in the income tax rate to be paid, calculated at 28 per cent instead of 30 per cent, Minister Scott said, “I am sure that this entire House would agree that these and other tax measures translates into a good life.”Scott also used his presentation to laud several of the other measures of the 2017 Estimates announced by Minister Jordan, such as the accommodations for GRA tender compliance and the automatic issuance of temporary certificates.According to Minister Scott, the measures are meant to create a more level playing field with regard to the tendering of contracts.He noted too that the measures were intended to improve transparency and lead to a more equitable distribution of resources, as well as to make for good corporate citizenship.Scott, in his presentation, contended, “This is truly a Christmas Budget… it has offered a gift to all sectors of our society and has left the traditional prophets of doom with no ammunition to attack us ,but to resort to lies and distortions.” (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

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Chelsea target Kepa pays Athletic Bilbao buyout clause

first_img“At 12:02 p.m. (1002 GMT) on Wednesday, August 8, La Liga informed our club that the player, Kepa Arrizabalaga, had met the conditions to unilaterally break his contract that linked him to Athletic Club,” the Spanish side said in a statement.“The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited.“Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club.”In Spain, instead of the buying club paying the selling club the amount set by the contract, the player must buy himself out.This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga to release the player. La Liga then pass the money onto the selling club.Chelsea’s move for Kepa comes with Belgium number one Courtois strongly linked with Real Madrid, having yet to report to training with the Premier League club following the World Cup.Kepa has played 53 times in La Liga for Bilbao over the last two seasons, and made his international debut in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in November 2017.He was also in the Spain squad for the recent World Cup in Russia as back-up to David De Gea, but did not get any playing time.Kepa signed a new long-term contract, which increased his release clause from 20 million euros, with Athletic in January to end speculation linking him with a move to Real. The European champions are instead on the verge of completing a reported 35-million-euro deal for Courtois, who was voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup.Courtois, who spent three seasons at Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014, has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital.However, Real coach Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the speculation following his team’s 2-1 victory over Roma in the final game of their US pre-season tour on Tuesday.“I always say that I’m not talking about players who’re not at Real Madrid,” said Lopetegui. “Keylor (Navas) is our goalkeeper and there are no other goalkeepers I can talk about except Keylor, Kiko (Casilla), Andriy (Lunin) and Luca (Zidane).“Keylor is phenomenal, he has our full confidence and is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He’s delighted to belong to Real Madrid and we’re delighted with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kepa Arrizabalaga is on the verge of moving to Chelsea in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMadrid, Spain, Aug 8 – Athletic Bilbao said on Wednesday that Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his 80-million-euro ($93 million) buyout clause, paving the way for the Spain international to join Chelsea as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.The 23-year-old is expected to replace Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge for a record fee that would surpass the 72.5 million euros Liverpool paid Roma for Brazilian Alisson last month.last_img read more

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2 bodies are found in close proximity

first_imgDetectives don’t know what happened to either person but said the crimes did not appear to be related. The homicide investigations ran concurrently just miles apart. The woman was found about 8:15a.m. in the rear yard at Eriel Avenue and 152nd Place. The woman, in her late 40s to early 50s, was not immediately identified. She “suffered some trauma” and foul play was suspected, but she did not appear to be shot, sheriff’s homicide Lt. Pat Nelson said. Detectives said the woman did not live at the home and had no apparent connection to its residents. Although neighbors suggested her body was dumped into the backyard, Nelson said detectives did not know how she came to be there. The death shook up the neighborhood, where homicides are rare. SOUTH BAY: Man dies in his Lawndale store. Woman is apparently dumped in nearby El Camino Village. By Larry Altman and Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITERS A woman was found possibly beaten to death Tuesday in the backyard of an El Camino Village home shortly before a liquor store owner was discovered shot and killed in his Lawndale store. “Who’s going to be dumping bodies around here?” resident Henry Salazar said. “My God.” “That’s scary,” said another resident, who declined to identify herself. “We live here. You never think something like this can happen.” In the other crime, detectives were looking into whether store surveillance cameras would provide answers for what happened to the owner of Lawndale Liquors. A clerk found his boss dead in a back storage room and office about 10 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Schoonmaker said. The employee, who was busy helping customers and vendors in the front of the shop on the corner of 162nd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, hadn’t seen his employer for nearly two hours and went to check on him, Schoonmaker said. The unidentified owner in his 40s was shot in the upper body, but investigators could not immediately determine if his death was a homicide or suicide, Schoonmaker said. Schoonmaker would not say if a gun was found near the body. The clerk did not hear gunshots. Investigators planned to interview the owner’s family members, as well as vendors who might have visited the store Tuesday morning. “We don’t have any solid information right now,” Schoonmaker said. The 2,300-square-foot building just south of the San Diego (405) Freeway showed no signs of intrusion or ransacking, Schoonmaker said. Deputies are also waiting to review footage from numerous surveillance cameras positioned inside the store, as well as cameras mounted along the exterior of the gray building, Schoonmaker said. An employee leaving the store appeared very upset. Another man who identified himself as an employee cried in his car. Lawndale resident Bob Duley said he visited the business every day to purchase a six-pack of beer. He worked at the shop under a different owner in 2001, and he’d been robbed twice there, Duley said. He said the current owner and other employees in the store were “great guys.” Lawndale resident Kevin Anderson said he often made purchases at the store. He said the owner and manager treated customers with respect. “They were kind of cool,” Anderson said. “The manager, the owner. They are decent people.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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