Vincentians owe over $40 million in property taxes
Press Release
March 19, 2024
Vincentians owe over $40 million in property taxes

Among new measures to be implemented at the local Inland Revenue Department are more stringent compliance protocols for delinquent property tax payers.

This, as an estimated EC $40 million in outstanding property taxes have yet to be recovered by one of the nation’s largest income earners.

In an interview with the API on Monday March 18, 2024, Comptroller of the Inland Revenue Department Kelvin Pompey stated that as a consequence of years of what can be considered deliberate avoidance of the statutory requirement for the payment of annual property taxes by both residential and business clients, the country has been put in a precarious position and outstanding payment of taxes only exacerbates the economic conditions and inhibits potential development opportunities.

Pompey said as at “April 1st, 2024 we now will be targeting persons with specific actions, for employees who have properties owing and once they have been contacted and informed, and if we do not see the level of compliance we require, we would be garnishing salaries to recover the outstanding property tax.”

In addition to these measures, for business property owners receiving rent, rents will be garnished until outstanding property taxes are recovered. The Comptrollers outlined that Directors and Principal officers will be held responsible for outstanding arrears and ultimately there will be a move towards seizing assets to recover outstanding amounts.

Pompey opined that the measures are necessary “to demonstrate there are consequences to non-compliance for property taxes.”

In spite of this, the Inland Revenue head said “we hope that through this and other mediums we can get the information out so that we do not have to go to the point of implementing some of these actions but we are serious that something needs to be done.”

He further advised Vincentians with outstanding property taxes to contact the Inland Revenue Department to discuss how they may bring their accounts up to date as well as how they may benefit from a possible interest waiver arrangement or a flexible payment option all with the aim to ensure compliance.


Source: Agency for Public Information (API)