Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Govt: They had no case *

Courier companies withdraw online tax lawsuit...

THE Ministry of Finance is disputing claims in electronic media that a number of courier companies withdrew their challenge against the Online Purchase Tax (OPT) due to fear of victimisation.

In a release yesterday, the Ministry said the lawsuit was withdrawn as the companies realised they had no case.

In January, the six companies— Ecouriers Ltd, Websource Company Ltd, Jetbox International Ltd, Aeropost Ltd, CSF Couriers Ltd and Caribbean Shipping Agencies Ltd— filed the action against the OPT which came into effect last October.

The companies were seeking to have the court declare that the implementation of the tax by Finance Minister Colm Imbert and the Office of the Attorney General without their input was irrational, wholly unreasonable, disproportionate to any legitimate aim of the Minister of Finance and the AG's Office and amounted to an irregular and improper exercise.

The claim was however withdrawn in the High Court before Justice Ricky Rahim on Friday.


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