Published On: Wed, Dec 31st, 2014

Jardim’s Fiscal Relief has become law

JardimWILLEMSTAD – The bill proposal presented by Minister of Finance, Dr. Jose Jardim was adopted by the Parliament of Curaçao at a public meeting called before the end of the year. This proposal is to give the citizens of Curaçao a tax relief in 2015. It was approved with 13 votes for and 3 votes against. This bill was supported by the coalition and also the PAR faction.

There are many who are doubtful if the tax reforms are really part of a relief package. But the new bill is based on a general relief of the tax, a simplification of the fiscal laws and consequently reducing the administrative burdens, and to improve tax payments. This was explained by the Minister of Finance in a public debate in parliament yesterday.

During the debate, some MPs indicated that the social partners were not pleased with the bill proposal. But, according to Jardim, none of the social partners indicated that they would not support his bill proposal. “Of course, I will not be able to please everyone, but the relief package is balanced and has been understood very well,” said the Minister during the debate.

The Minister also said that the government has already added an amendment to the bill, which takes into account the social partners’ thoughts.

Some MPs were of the opinion that the government was too hasty to present the bill to parliament. The Minister had to recognize that the working group has worked extremely fast on this bill. “There was a determination in the consultation process. These consultations were very intensive, in the frame of the national dialogue, deliberations with the social partners and other groups in the community. And this has resulted in a better product,” Jardim said.

“I think that the government has the responsibility to continue with these types of consultations. This is how it will receive a broad support from the community. I’m not deaf to the various points brought forth by the groups in the community. I did take this into account if they don’t go against the general interest. It is important to note that the government must defend the general interest and not the specific interests of these groups.”

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