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Call for drop in white goods tax

July 23, 2012 7:42 pm

Suva Retailers Association is calling on the tax man to drop tariffs on white goods.

According to Association President Himmat Lodhia – it’s one of their main submissions for the 2013 Budget.

Examples of white goods are electric kettles, gas stove or oven, irons etc.

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“All these things are attracting very high tariffs and very high duty rates – 32% plus 15% VAT so those are probably some of the avenues that we will be probably discussing.”

The Association has a budget submission Committee and they’re working on ways to reduce the burden on consumers.

“Consumers are paying a loading of 32% on items liked TV and all that for instance and 15% VAT so when we compare that with other countries Fiji is electronic items are more expensive so that’s one of the elements but there maybe a whole lot of other things.”

Lodhia adds – the drop in taxes will eventually mean bring down the retail price of white goods.

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