VAT, PAYE reduced, Tax Threshold, Old-Age Pension increased
GINA, GUYANA, Monday, November 28, 2016
Delivering his third Budget, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan today, announced a series of new plans aimed at continuing the Government’s quest to ensure a good life for all Guyanese.
The Minister delivered Budget 2017, totalling $250B to the National Assembly under the theme “Building a diversified economy and bringing a better life for all Guyanese.”
The following are some of the key measures contained in Budget 2017
Reduce Inequality and Increase Disposable Income
To take effect from January 1, 2017
- Income Threshold increased to $60,000 (per month) from $55,000
- Pay As You Earn (PAYE) reduced fr0m 30 percent to 28 percent for persons earning less than $180,000 per month
- Imposition of a two percent withholding tax on the gross payments made to all contractors.
- Restriction of Mortgage Interest Relief to loans up to $15M
Support of the Elderly
- Increase in Old Age Pension to $19,000.
- Increase in Public Assistance to $7,500.
Both increases are to take effect from January 1, 2016.
Workers’ Disposable Income
- Government will continue to engage the unions in negotiations
- Tax exemptions for investment in, and construction of wind and solar energy, water treatment, water recycling and waste disposal facilities.
- A one-off tax holiday of two years for importation of items for wind and solar energy, water treatment, water recycling and waste disposal facilities.
- Exemptions of customs duties and taxes on machinery and equipment to setup charging stations for electric vehicles
- Exemptions of customs duties and taxes on greenhouses and component parts for use in the agricultural sector
- The lowering of excise tax on hybrid and electrical vehicles
- Zero-Rate of Excise tax on specially-designed refuse (garbage) trucks; bio-fuel (bio-gas or bio-diesel)
- Restriction on used tyres, with effect from April 1, 2017
- Custom duties on new tyres reduced from 30% to 15%
- Imposition of an environmental levy of $10 per unit on the importers and local manufacturers of products using non-returnable metal, plastic or glass container of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.
To Spur Economic Growth
- Reduction of Corporation Tax rate, from 30 percent to 27.5 percent, for manufacturing and non-commercial companies
- The introduction of a dual tax-rate for companies carrying out both commercial and non-commercial activities.
- Automatic Issuance of Temporary Income Tax and NIS Compliance Certificates for all small contractors from participating in the procurement process.
- Value Added Tax (VAT) rate reduced from 16 percent to 14 percent
- Increase in the VAT threshold from $10M to $15M
- Expansion of the list of exempt items and elimination of all zero-rated items,
- 14% VAT on electricity exceeding $10,000 per month
- 14 percent VAT on water use exceeding $1,500 per month
- Increase in travel tax from $2,500 to $3,500.
- Increase in the fee for a passport from $4,000 to $6,000.
- Removal of passport fee for elderly above 65 years
- Increased fees for transfer of motor vehicle registration for motor cycle and other vehicles, ranging from $5,000 for motor cycles to $25,000 or 2% of sale price
- Imposition of a fee of $2,000 for a Driving Permit issued to drivers residing abroad but visiting the country temporarily
- Imposition of a fee of $2,000 for persons requiring a Letter of Authenticity for verification of drivers’ licences
- Increase in fees for Application and Renewal of Intoxicating Liquor licences
- Increase in penalties relating to licences for Spirituous Liquor
By: Macalia Santos