State victorious in Property Tax appeals
The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the State overturning a ruling by Justice Frank Seepersad on whether the State could continue to accept Property Tax valuation return forms from citizens.
The Appeal Court in its ruling stated that Justice Seepersad should not have granted the interim orders against the implementation of the Property Tax.
The Valuations Commission has been ordered to publish notices in the country’s daily newspapers informing the public that the submission process is voluntary, and failure to do so would not attract any penalties.
Speaking with LoopTT following the ruling, former minister Devant Maharaj who made an application last month calling for the court to grant the stay on the collection and processing of the forms by the Commissioner of Valuations, said he felt vindicated as the Court confirmed the Opposition’s position that the submission is voluntary.
He noted that it was the first time in his recollection that a State agency has been ordered by the Court to take such action.
Maharaj’s counsel, former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan indicated that he did not wish to speak with media at this time.
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