Wednesday, January 17, 2018

‘Howai should intervene in BIR disruption’


Finance Minister: Larry Howai

Mark Fraser

President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) Seenath Jairam is calling on Finance Minister Larry Howai to intervene in the ongoing disruptions at the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR), saying it puts the financial and banking sector at risk.

LATT also expressed its disapproval of the daily closure of the BIR office by 10 a.m., the skeletal service and the arbitrary imposition of transactions to four deeds per person which currently prevails at the office. A LATT release stated: “LATT met with the permanent secretary in the Ministry (Vishnu Dhanpaul), as a result of which it was hoped full operations would have resumed at Trinidad House on or about May 1, 2014. Instead, the situation has continued unabated.

“LATT views the continued and sustained disruption as completely unacceptable. This disruption in service poses a serious risk to the public by hindering the ability to stamp and register deeds.

“LATT calls upon Howai to ensure all the appropriate steps are taken to ensure BIR is returned to full operations in the shortest possible time.”