Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday accused the Opposition of making the Property Tax issue a political mayhem and misleading the population.
Rowley made the statement during his contribution on the Corporation Tax Bill in Parliament, as he said the United National Congress was now carrying on about Property Tax as though it was “leprosy.”
Noting he had been paying taxes since the age of 17, Rowley said when his grandfather first gave him two and a half acres of land in Tobago he knew he had to pay a tax of $1.44 cents.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is seeking to clarify how the property tax will work and he is making it clear that it does not include dog houses or duck ponds.
In a tweet this morning, Minister Imbert said the property tax is based on the rental value of properties and not the capital value.
He goes on to say that minor structures like a dog house, duck pond or fowl coop cannot possibly increase the tax payable since it does not increase the rental value of a property in any significant way.
The ministry of finance says property owners do not have to pay tax for fowl coops, duck ponds or dog houses.
In a statement this morning, finance minister Colm Imbert says at no time did he state or even suggest property owners would have to pay for fowl pens, dog houses or duck ponds.
Nearly a decade after it was suspended the government is now preparing to resume property tax collection.
The validity of the tax has been challenged in the courts and many are still wary of the amended legislation.
But even in the face of widespread criticism, the government maintains the country's coffers stand to benefit.
According to well known chartered surveyor Afra Raymond, those with the most concern are afraid of what will come to light.