Residents wonder why ABST-reduced shopping days have been decreased when Administration claims economy is rebounding

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The ABST-reduced shopping days have been decreased to only one weekend this year – disappointing those who were expecting the two consecutive weekends of Christmases past.

The Cabinet met on Wednesday, December 7, and decided that the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax will be reduced from 15 percent to 5 percent between Friday, December 16, and Sunday, December 18. The cut off time on the last day will be 11:59 p.m.

As usual, the participation of businesses is voluntary – meaning they all do not have to take part in the annual event.

Meanwhile, consumers are asking why the number of days has been reduced this year when the Browne Administration claims that the economy is on a rebound.

Last December, the initiative – which was introduced by the United Progressive Party – ran over two consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, December 11, and Saturday, December 18.

However, many senior citizens complained bitterly that they were unable to take advantage of the tax reduction since their Social Security pensions were not paid in time.

This year, the disappointment is being felt by government workers, who had expected to receive their long outstanding back pay in time to do major Christmas shopping on the ABST-reduced weekends.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Because DEM BROKE, and still bringing Burna Boy here paying him over $5,000,000 for a concert and Antiguans hungry and starving, nothing going on here, but it’s to give the people the impression that things are rosy in the land.
    Can’t pay teachers
    Can’t pay police
    Can’t pay prison officers
    Can’t pay CBH
    Can’t pay Clarevue workers
    Can’t pay to clean the dutty environment
    Can’t pay suppliers
    Can’t pay public workers a bonus like St Kitts
    Can’t pay overtime to workers at Burma Quarry
    and on and on and on and on
    But can find $5,000,000 to bring Burna Boy here to rob poor people and get them to steal to
    go to the concert

    • The Government is not paying one dollar for Burna Boy to come here, it’s a private show.
      Fake news for political points

      • This Prime Minister also said the Mehul Choksi went to Dominica for a romantic rendez-vous. This Prime Minister lie from the 5 corners of his mouth. Every thing he say is a lie

      • @ jay jay

        and you really believe that? gimme a phensic. THEN AGAIN they wouldn’t tell you minions their plans. They just use you all to spread propaganda. That’s how useful you are: USEFUL IDIAT

      • Jay, would you like to hear the tape recording of your comrades discussing the big show that labor party will be staging. The show was described as something never seen before in Antigua.
        That show is to get the party goers attention just before the official launch of the ABLp campaign
        Those who are fronting for the government and as promoters of the show need some Taliban justice.

        POLITRICKAL GIMMICK. AGAIN

  2. ” If the country is doing SO well, why is life so hard!” Please don’t blame COVID because other countries went through COVID and are treating their citizens like humans unlike Gaston “DAWG” Browne who is a dictator

  3. Carz dem bruk! De government need dat tax revenue fu help mek up fu wah SBF/FTX teef. And, wan majah global recession roun de carna — Dis gonna be de muddah of all recessions. Buckle up!

  4. In all honestly unless you are buying big ticket items such as cars or appliances, the ABST reduction really doesn’t mean much. I used it last year to do my XMAS grocery shopping and what I saved wasn’t really worth the hassle of braving the lines at the store.

    • @no deference..you are just one person, multiply the 1000’s of people,and you will see how much the politicians will save in taxes. If the government turn right around and gives those saving back to the people in some form of programs or infrastructure development so the circulation of monies can continue, then all you got is a stagnant economy. Keeping more money in the citizens pocket is always a good sign of a good government,not the ones that seek to restrict that flow of money.

  5. You’re obviously as stupid as you sound. About Burna boy and 5,000,000. You gave them the money to pay him. Chups
    Go and find something else to say. Chups

    • @ Labour all the way

      Do you USEFUL IDIAT know the amount of money and expenses charged by Burna Boy and his entourage when they travel to do a concert? You need to do some research as I did and you will see how many hungry families could be fed, government workers paid a bonus, how many of the zillion of pot holes could be fixed, how clean the country would look if the money to pay the manpower was available. And you are PLEASED WITH THE STATE OF ANTIGUA?
      IF LABOUR GETS RE-ELECTED I WISH ALL YOU LABOURITES YEARS OF AGONY, not to mention increase in WATER RATES as promised by Gaston.

    • What does the concert have to do with the Government- its a private show- that rented the stadium.
      Y’all upp supporters so stupid.

  6. Check out this government’s priorities.
    It can’t afford to buy toilet paper or water for the hospital but it wasting millions of dollars for a concert.

    BTW : What happened to the 2 billion that this government received from the CIP

  7. Jay, would you like to hear the tape recording of your comrades discussing the big show that labor party will be staging. The show was described as something never seen before in Antigua.
    That show is to get the party goers attention just before the official launch of the ABLp campaign
    Those who are fronting for the government and as promoters of the show need some Taliban justice.

    POLITRICKAL GIMMICK. AGAIN

  8. That man Gaston Browne,just discovered a new word into his vocabulary,LOCUS. I listened to him for the past weeks on his radio station. He uses that word as if he just found it. He reminded me of Pac Man the game,gobbles up everything dung and all.I am now wondering,when he is going to bring back his word known as PRADACALS.

  9. These comments always make me lmfao…. all the shit u guys talk about ABLP …so who’s gonna do a better job… Mr. IMF??? All politicians thief n want better themselves n family with there power… Why u think they get into politics?…. SO AT THIS STAGE WHAT DO WE AS A COUNTRY DO?? VOTE FOR THE ONES THAT BROKE N CANT DO ANYTHING FOR THIS COUNTRY? OR LEFF THE ABLP IN DEY ?? YES THEM A THIEF… BUT U A TELL ME THE NEXT ONE THAT COME IN N NAW HAVE NO WEALTH OR PROPERTIES A GO DO BETTER?? WHICH PART?? WEYY?? ALL U A COMMONSENSE PPL…THE WHOLE WORLD A GO THRU SHIT SINCE THE PANDEMIC… ME NAW AGREE WITH EVERYTHING LABOR A DO BUT TRUST N BELIEVE WE ARE SAVER WITH LABOR… THEM OTHERS NAW READY YET AT ALL…ALL NOW NO OTHER PARTY CAN SAY WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE DID FOR THE PANDEMIC TO MAKE THINGS BETTER…NOT 1.. ALL U BETTER USE U ALL COMMONSENSE WHEN COME TIME….DONT BE FOOLED BECAUSE ANTIGUA WILL BECOME UNDER IMF CONTROL AGAIN IF THE COUNTRY DOESN’T DO THE RIGHT THING…BLAME GASTON FOR EVERYTHING N DONT LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE!!!! *DROPS MIC*

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