Trevor Walker tells developers to pay their taxes or leave Barbuda

Trevor Walker

Barbudan MP Trevor Walker wants developers to abide by the laws of the sister isle and pay their taxes to the Barbuda Council.

He was blunt in saying if they insist on going against what is required of them, they can leave.

Addressing the financial struggles being experienced by the Barbuda Council, Walker reminded council members on Friday that the challenges they continue to face is due in part to some developers not following the laws of the sister isle as it relates to the payment of taxes. He said taxes from businesses there should be paid to the Council.

However, some are choosing to make all payments to central government, thereby crippling the operations of the decision making body.

“When we came to office Mr. Chairman and took over the Council in 2018, I must remind us that Barbuda Belle was paying all their taxes to Antigua, ABST everything, and it was this very Council not Trevor Walker, this very Council that sat down and said listen that cannot continue.

“We took action and wrote to them and wrote to the Inland Revenue Department, pointing out the law as to what should happen to those taxes.”

According to Walker, after that was done, it took approximately seven months before Barbuda Belle complied. But they did, and since 2013, all taxes, averaging $ 30,000 a month from the hotel, have been paid to the Barbuda Council.

The same was done with Nobu Barbuda, resulting in the business paying the Council taxes for the month of December, 2021.

Additionally, Walker announced the business also paid back taxes for last year. However, the Barbudan MP said there is non-compliance from developers affiliated with the Peace, Love and Happiness (PLH) project.

“I want to send a message to PLH. You think you’re getting away with paying over four million US dollars a year to the government of Antigua and Barbuda. But the time will come when we’re not only going to get that money, but we’re going to ask for it retroactively,”

Walker warned. He maintains the taxes from PLH should be paid into the coffers of the Barbuda Council, adding, “it is unfair that you have a prime development on Barbuda with deep pockets, and they pay everything in Antigua”.

Trevor Walker is of the opinion that the provision of jobs is not enough and cautioned PLH that while they may have “big friends” the election was coming.

“I want to say that where I stand, I might be quiet, I might not say much, but when it comes to PLH, PLH must fall in line, or pack dem georgie bundle and know way dem fu go.”

The MP stated that according to the prime minister, the richest company in the Caribbean has established itself in Barbuda; yet, the Council is struggling to pay its employees and cannot execute its functions in an effective manner. He also argued that tonnage dues have exceeded $ 2 million and despite writing to the authorities, there has been no progress in getting those monies. Walker said Barbuda cannot be the bread basket for Antigua, when everything is being sent to mainland Antigua.

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  1. Developers need to abide by the laws! However, Trevor is not King of Barbuda. Barbuda is not a soveriegn nation.

    • On point. The ABST is not a Barbuda Tax. It is an Antigua and Barbuda Tax. There is not a law book for Antigua and one for Barbuda. Barbuda does not do any Tax Administration of the ABST they collect it on behalf of the Inland Revenue Department. And they need to account for it and thereafter the Government will offset this with any monies owed to Barbuda Council. But the Council has been delinquent for many years in submitting an audited statement of the ABST collected on behalf of them. The Council has been using these funds as a piggy bank. Trevor should stop thinking Barbuda is a separate sovereign state. And that he is the king of this small Island Paradise. We have one government. Babuda Council is a local government and has no authority above central government.

      • @From The Sideline
        As soon as Trevor Walker talks up for the right of Barbudans, you ready to tell him what he should or shouldn’t do. Why don’t you stay out of Barbuda people business. Your navel string not buried there and I am not even sure it is buried in Antigua. You like to talk about unitary state, but it is Gaston’s state. He doesn’t get involved in any thing unless he or his family benefits.

  2. Now I am feeling Chatoo in a quote in a famous movie Chatoo Land he said if Chatoo Land doesn’t Chatoo will. Stand up Barbudans

    “…and seem to be on a protracted path of GAMBLING
    -UNPRODUCTIVITY. People don’t want to work
    -People badminded and just covet other people
    -Council say work til 4 o’clock or 5 o’clock. You warn go home 10 o’clock
    -And the last one which I find is the most profound for me:
    ~Member of Parliament Trevor Walker

    • So you said all this to say what? Because CHEVVAH loves sex, etc, that is good reason for PLH not to pay BARBUDA PEOPLE their money?
      Sounds like you are one of those who Harriet Tubman just couldn’t get to go through that Underground Railroad with you. You just can’t see who you are. Goddam yard bwoy!

  4. Seems they want to turn Barbuda into an island for the very rich while suppressing it’s people. As an elderly person I’ve witness this scenario too many times. Mr. Walker, stand your ground. Someone’s got got to fight for the people.

    • Hot air and BROWN PAPERBAG 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Apparently the distance he walked to collect the “brown paperbag” was not as long as the pole in Wilmoth Daniel STRIPPER POLE BUS.

      • You still sucking Gaston iron? It so good you nar stop campaign for he? When he get voted out who iron you sucking next?

  5. Trevor can only fool those Barbudans who buy everything he said hook line and sinker. ABST is not a Barbuda Tax. Yes the Council can collect it on behalf of the government. But those monies should be accounted to the Inland Revenue. And Trevor and the Council have been delinquent in doing so for many years. Perhaps they think that it’s like Sandals keeping the ABST. Again. ABST is not a local Tax for Barbuda. Anything that is paid to the Council is like an advance on the payments the government needs to provide them. Get your books audited Trevor and account for our (Antigua and Barbuda’s)Taxes.

    • Sideline, did you get the lands you wanted in Barbuda to build your vacation home? If you didn’t, keep on demonizing Walker hoping your lord will give you some.

  6. what is Mr. Brown Paperbag chatting about this time now? He vex that he did not get any brown paperbag from the developer? Walker you good fu you self boy. Pretending to care about the people while you fatten up yourself.


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