(SNO) St Lucians are getting ready for a Vat reduction. The island Inland Revenue Department in a press release reminded the general public of the recent legislative amendment to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act as per Statutory Instrument (SI) No.101 of 2016, which reduces the standard VAT rate from 15% to 12.5%, effective February 01, 2017.
As such, all VAT registered businesses will be required to make the necessary adjustments to their point of sale systems to reflect this reduction in the VAT Rate.
The Comptroller, Mrs Sophia Henry encourages business owners to ensure that this adjustment takes effect from midnight January 31, 2017.
Consumers are also asked to remain vigilant and review their VAT invoices and sales receipts when transacting with VAT registered business.