Saturday, August 19, 2017

New tax hike hits working Haitians hard

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Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – For the sixth time on October 1, 2015, the Martelly administration, outside of the law, raised taxes. This time affecting working Haitians up to 5 times their original figure.

Jovenel Moise PHTK party
High-roller after election bash with Jovenel Moise, Top Adlermann, Olivier Martelly and President Michel Martelly, October 25, 2015

The rise in taxes, which did not come by legislative approval, comes as the administration is entering its final months in power and has been liquidizing the public treasury of money and exchanging the crashing Haitian gourde for U.S. dollars.

As well, Martelly took a decree, outside of the law, on October 8, 2015, raising the money paid to former ministers and secretaries of states. Also, resources such as vehicles, security and office aides, will be paid by the state, according to the decree.

In nearly every democratic country in the world, a rise in taxes so close to elections, October 25, would hurt the incumbent party, no matter the reason the taxes are for. But in Haiti, the Tet Kale regime and the President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Pierre Louis Opont, will try to convince the world differently.

They wish to show the world that Haitians are so apathetic, dumb even, that they would elect a major legislature of the regime’s candidates, and its candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, in the first round. A massive electoral fraud operation is continuously being uncovered.

Here are the taxes which took effect on October 1, 2015:

In Haitian dollars. 10 $HT = $1 US
Work Documents Before As of Oct. 1
Tax ID 30 200+
Passport 320 640
Moto. Lic. 100 200
Auto Lic. A 200 600
Auto Lic. B 200 900
Auto Lic. C 100 200
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About The Author

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.