ST MICHAEL SOUTH CENTRAL MP EXPLAINS HOW PAYING VAT ON AMAZON CAN BE BYPASSED

Relief may be in sight for Barbadians who were accustomed to order online to reduce expenses in paying local tariffs yet faced the prospect of online shopping czar Amazon imposing the Value Added Tax of 17.5 per cent.

Parliamentary Representative of St Michael South Central, Marsha Caddle, fielded questions after the ruling Barbados Labour Party’s Annual General Meeting at Tweedside Rd.

She reluctantly admitted there is a way where Bajans ordering goods and products via Jeff Bezos' consumer empire can get around the recent stipulation where such items would have the Barbadian levy added on for Government coffers - when one uses a Freight Forwarder, the VAT doesn't kick in. If an item arrives in Barbados, the VAT is charged.

She reluctantly admitted there is a way where Bajans ordering goods and products via Jeff Bezos’ consumer empire can get around the recent stipulation where such items would have the Barbadian levy added on for Government coffers – when one uses a Freight Forwarder, the VAT doesn’t kick in. If an item arrives in Barbados, the VAT is charged.

Trinidad and Tobago are still looking to create ways and means for TT consumers to be taxed for online purchasing, however the lobby in the Twin Island Republic is a more aggressive movement to maintain the status quo where internet shopping remains a cheaper alternative.

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