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White Paper - A Value Added Tax Within A Reformed Tax System

Rt Hon Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

In the 2012/13 Budget Communication, the Government announced that it would address the issue of tax reform as a means of broadening the tax base to include both goods and services. To that end, a White Paper has been prepared and issued to serve as the basis for extensive public discussions and consultations.

The overarching objectives of the tax reform proposals in this White Paper are threefold, namely:

1. to secure an adequate revenue base in support of modern governance;
2. to establish a tax structure that promotes economic efficiency and stronger economic growth; and
3. to make the tax system more equitable.

Questions can be submitted to: taxreform@bahamas.gov.bs