Consumers told to report if ABST is charged on sanitizers and related items

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In March 2020 Cabinet approved the temporary relief of the Antigua Barbuda Sales Tax on
selected items in order to facilitate the move towards keeping the items essential for the
prevention of COVID-19 at an affordable price to consumers and to mitigate the spread of the  disease.

However, the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division continues to receive reports that
some traders are still displaying these items for sale with the ABST included in the price.
The Division is reminding traders of the temporary relief of the ABST on the following items: Antiseptics, Wipes, Sanitizers, Toilet Paper and Paper Towel, Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin C and Multivitamins. Prices being displayed on these goods should not include the ABST, and no ABST  on these good should also be reflected at the checkout point.

Traders who have questions or need clarity regarding the goods to which the temporary relief of  the ABST applies, are asked to contact the Division at 462-0834 or 562-8749.
Meanwhile, consumers are asked to be vigilant when purchasing the above-mentioned items.
Please pay particular attention to receipts to ensure the ABST is not being collected on these goods. If a consumer is charged ABST on these goods, he/she should report the matter to the  Division so that the amount paid in tax can be refunded to the consumer.

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  1. why do we pay ABST into customs for said items during this time? Customs says their is no written declaration providing that these goods are free of ABST when importing. Thus companies take a 15% loss. Does not seem right to me.

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