Monday 20 November, 2017

Imbert gives in to meeting on gambling taxes

The persistence of casino workers and other stakeholders within the gambling and gaming industry has paid off, after Finance Minister Colm Imbert has agreed to meet with the Trinidad & Tobago Members Club Association to discuss proposed increased taxes within the industry. 

In a release, TTMCA president Sherry Persad said the group has been invited to a meeting with Imbert and Minister in the Ministry of Finance Allyson West on Friday October 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm.

"The TTMCA is grateful for the opportunity to share with the Minister our concerns about the increase in the Gaming Tax and how it will destroy our Industry. We shall also be prepared to share with the Minister our proposals on how compliance in the industry can be increased and thereby increase revenues for the Government without a tax increase," she said.

Persad said after the meeting the Association will report to workers the results of the meeting. 

"The TTMCA is hopeful that there can be areas of mutual cooperation and compromise at this meeting and bring about a meaningful resolution to this challenge that the Gaming Industry faces before the Budget goes before the Senate next week," she said.

The meeting comes after numerous demonstrations, the most recent of which involved a group of protestors visiting Imbert's Maraval home on Wednesday.