In keeping with a promise listed in the People’s National Movement’s 2020 General Election manifesto, taxes have been lifted from laptops and other IT devices, with immediate effect.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert made the revelation via a post to his Twitter Account on Friday night.
“Yesterday, based on a submission from the Ministry of Finance, in keeping with the commitment given in our PNM 2020 General Election Manifesto, Cabinet agreed to remove all taxes on laptops computers, notebook computers and tablet computers. This measure takes effect immediately,” Imbert tweeted.
Earlier on Friday, the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, called on government to remove the taxes from the electronic devices, given students have to depend on online learning platforms during this period of COVID-19.
However, according to Minister Imbert’s tweet, movements to materialize the election promise had already been given the green light before any plea came from the Opposition.
Further taxes will be removed from other electronic devices before the end of the year.
“Taxes are earmarked to be removed on the other devices mentioned on page 35 of our Manifesto, such as mobile and digital equipment, cell phones, software and accessories in the Finance Act of 2020, after the completion of the Budget Debate, in or around December 2020.” the Finance Minister revealed.