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Income tax reduced for persons earning less than GYD$2 million per year; up for those earning above

Personal Income Tax has been reduced from 30 to 28 percent for persons earning less than GYD$180,000 per month and the Income Tax threshold has been increased to GD$60,000 or one-third of the gross salary, whichever is greater. Finance Minister, Winston Jordan said in the 2017 National Budget that an additional 7,600 persons would be taken off the tax register ...

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Updated: Environmental tax reintroduced; VAT to be paid on water, electricity; Old Age Pension increaesed

by Derwayne Wills  Guyanese will now have to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) on water and electricity consumption above a certain level, while the overall of Value Added Tax on businesses has been reduced to 14 percent on companies, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced in the 2017 National Budget. In a move that has left many puzzled, Finance Minister Winston ...

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Guyana unveils solar energy plan; Mabaruma to get first solar farm

Guyana will next year construct the first solar farm as part of a larger plan to reduce the country’s fossil fuel bill and  prevent carbon emissions. “To complement public sector investment, the Government will be granting a one-off tax holiday of two years for corporation tax to importers of items for wind and solar energy investments, and for investors in ...

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Guyana records economic decline

Guyana’s economy  will record a 2.6 percent growth  in 2016 due to a decline in some prices and lower growth in several sectors, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced on Monday. Delivering the 2017 National Budget, he told the House that the economy contracted from a projected 4.4 percent to a mid-year 2 percent and a further overall decline to 2.6 ...

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GTT’s Mabaruma phone service restored

After weeks of disconnected land-line and shaky cellular connection in Mabaruma from Guyana’s only land-line provider, residents of Mabaruma, North West District are breathing a sigh of relief after the community of 300 subscribers was finally reconnected last Sunday. Reports reaching Demerara Waves Online News suggest that residents were left out of the loop for quite some time about what ...

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ExxonMobil gearing up to hire more Guyanese

ExxonMobil has dismissed suggestions that Guyanese are not being hired, and has announced a plan to train and recruit locals for ongoing preparatory work and actual commercial production. Country Manager, Jeff Simmons said the evidence shows that ExxonMobil is not interested in importing foreigners instead of Guyanese. “One common mis-perception is that we don’t want to have local content, we ...

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ExxonMobil rules out oil refinery at current levels

ExxonMobil has ruled out building a refinery in Guyana because the amount of oil found here is too small to support such a venture. Delivering a presentation to the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Awards and Dinner, the Country Manager of ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary- Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited- Jeff Simons said the projected production of  about 100,000 barrels per ...

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Govt must go after money launderers to pass next FATF test – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is not buying the position of Attorney General Basil Williams that Guyana is in the green zone for compliance with the global push for anti-money laundering regimes. “If we lull ourselves into a sense of false security, then we are going to repeat a lot of the mistakes made by the Attorney General, and we are ...

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Nothing secret about D’urban Park project – company formed to fast-track completion because no cash was allocated – Granger

President David Granger Thursday said Homestretch Development Incorporated (HDI) was established solely to facilitate completion of the D’urban Park Development Project in time for Guyana’s 50thIndependence Anniversary celebration in the absence of budgetary allocations, following the May 2015 elections.  The Head of State, in a statement issued by his ministry  admitted that while this may have been an unusual course ...

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Pay police, soldiers, public servants a one-month bonus- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday called on government to pay members of the Disciplined Services and public servants a one-month bonus because there is sufficient money in the treasury. The former Guyanese leader was unabashed about his motives for the suggestion- political support and economic stimulation. “If we get the political sympathy, that’s a bonus but who would not want political ...

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