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Published on Mar 11, 2017
Finance Minister Audley Shaw on Thursday tabled a $13.5 billion tax package in the House of Representatives. The package includes increases in taxes on petrol and alcohol, as well as fees associated with motor vehicle licensing.
Shaw also announced that the Government will keep its promise to grant a further increase in the personal income tax threshold, moving it up to $1.5 million per annum.
Meanwhile, police this week seized 60 threatening extortion letters in Manchester, 45 of which were issued to business people in the parish and another 15 at the home of the 60-year-old suspect in custody.
In other news, the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday returned 32 Jamaicans, fewer than expected, to the island on a chartered flight. Earlier reports had suggested that as many as 100 Jamaicans would have been sent back.
According to the police, the Jamaicans were sent back due to drug-related offences while others were in breach of immigration laws.