Powell appears to also be pleased that the government has also agreed to include the sale of vehicles in the special tax discount day, an opportunity that was denied when the first VAT Day was held on 5th December.
In a statement issued prior to the first VAT DAY Powell called for two considerations to be taken and changes made with regard to the VAT DAYS. Powell called on the government to:
1. Include vehicles as approved items for purchase at reduced VAT rates on the allocated days.
2. Move the allocated days for reduced VAT to Fridays so that more persons, in particular weekly paid workers, may have an opportunity to take advantage of the incentive.
In a statement released this week, Dr. Douglas stated that the 2nd announced VAT DAY will be moved to Friday 20th December from Thursday 19th and unlike the first VAT Day there will be a 12% VAT Discounts on all vehicles as was demanded by Powell on behalf of the ordinary citizens of the federation, said a statement from the opposition.
Powell in responding to the news said it again shows that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet has lost touch with the ordinary people of this country. He added that it should not have taken his appeal and that of Team UNITY for them to reconsider, because had they any connection to or consideration for the ordinary man they would not have scheduled the VAT days on the days they did. Neither would they have excluded vehicles.”
“I sympathize with those who purchased vehicles on the last day and were unable to take advantage of the reduced vat and those who lost the opportunity to shop because they did not get paid until the day after. This again shows an out of touch leader who simply does not care,” Powell continued.