Private Schools Lobbying Government For VAT Exemptions

GEORGETOWN, A number of private schools are “Private charter schools,” and so they do not pay taxes, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has explained during a February 18 Post- Cabinet press briefing. Questioned about the impact of levying of 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on education, and about claims of drop outs, Minister Harmon said that,“I do not have the figures, I cannot comment beyond that, but what I can say in fact, it did attract the attention of Cabinet and Minister (Winston) Jordan will come out with a statement on the matter soon,” the Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Harmon as saying.

Another question was put to the Minister with regards students in the scholarship programmes at private schools being affected since the 14 percent VAT implementation. Minister Harmon stated that he has seen some letters by private schools and Cabinet is currently discussing the matter.

The Ministry of Finance will soon come out with some information on private schools and payment of VAT which, “basically will lay the case on the table, but it is my belief, it is in the implementation of these measures that people try to put pressure on you by saying so many persons drop out and so on,” Minister of the State explained.