According to sources – Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miler has said that the Government has broken its promise that no tax will be introduced to fund the $1.5 million PAYE break and that the poor will now suffer the consequence.
“All I can say now is that they have broken their promise but from all indication of what [Finance Minister Audley Shaw] said today, it is the poor that will suffer,” she said.
The nation on Thursday waited anxiously to hear how Shaw would fund his election promise to exempt those earning an annual salary of $1.5 million and below from paying personal income tax.
Portia Says ‘The people have been deceived’ By JLP
However, he sprung a surprise by announcing that the $1.5 will be the new threshold for all PAYE workers.
“They had indicated no new tax, they had broken their promise to the Jamaican people. It is very bad when a government make a promise and broke that promise to the people. It is very, very bad,” Simpson Miller said.
“We will be meeting with our spokespersons and we will take our position and you will be informed. I do not want to pre-empt Dr. Peter Phillips, who will talk next week,” she added.