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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:42

State Blocked From Receiving & Issuing Valuation Return Forms Until June 27th

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The Opposition has succeeded in their attempt at halting the Property Tax implementation process.

On Wednesday, Justice Frank Seepersad granted an interim injunction against the Commissioner of Valuations which blocks the State from receiving or issuing Valuation Return forms until June 27th.

The initial stay granted on the submission of forms expired on Wednesday May 31st and a legal team led by former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan made the application for a further protection order.

There was some confusion over whether the forms and supporting documents could be submitted voluntarily.

In his judgment on Wednesday, Justice Seepersad acknowledged that it is highly likely that the claimant at the trial would be able to establish that there was doubt as to whether this process to submit a return was entirely voluntary or whether it was one which was subject to sanction.

Justice Seepersad said in democratic countries, the dissemination of accurate information is of paramount importance.

This, so that people can make informed decisions which are premised upon objective facts in relation to requests that are made under the exercise of statutory power and the State has an obligation to comply strictly with legislative mandates.

This, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said, is why they are pleading with the government to reconsider its position on the Property Tax.

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