Thursday, January 18, 2018


Imbert goes to cabinet today for deadline extension

PROPERTY PRESSURE: Scores of property owners line up for hours yesterday outside the Valuation office at Palm's Club on Pointe-a-Pierre Road, San Fernando, to submit their property documents. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

THE proposed extension of the May 22 property tax deadline will be welcome news to many since hundreds of people have been lining the streets outside Government offi­ces in San Fernando, Siparia, Point Fortin, Chaguanas, Tobago and other venues trying to file documents.
Despite the availability of “drop-off” boxes at Ministry of Finance valuation offices throughout the country, hundreds of people, young and old, sick and disabled, have stood in the sweltering heat, with no sitting accommodation or place to shelter.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is to seek Cabinet approval today to extend the deadline for submission of the valuation return forms to June 5, 2017.
A release issued yesterday stated the minister's decision to recom­mend the extension was “due to the overwhelming response by proper­ty owners over the last few days to sub­mit their valuation return forms”.
The minister said an announcement will be made short­ly after the Cabinet meeting today.

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