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By Lamin M. Ceesay

Sheriff Sarr, the national assembly member for Jeshwang constituency, has frowned at a plan to increase it by the Barrow government.

President Adama Barrow had announced in a rally during his ongoing meet-the-people tour that his government plans to increase taxes in order to register development and make the country independent from donors.

However, reacting to Barrow’s announcement, the Jeshwang lawmaker, Sarr said: “I have seen tax from 13.9 to 17.2 and non-tax from 2.9 to 5.5. We expect them to collect more than this when things are done in the right way.”

He said companies are coming into the country and they are given contracts and they are given all it takes to make their lives at where they come from yet the only people they employ in the Gambia are drivers and laborers.

“And they are going home without paying tax. Why is this happening? Why are you taxing those poor teachers, why are you taxing those security officers? Why are you taxing our own Gambian people who wouldn’t have much to take home and we are leaving people going with billions without being taxed,” he added.

According to him, to control the country’s tax base revenue, adding that the government must be strict with the way they collect taxes.

He said that it is time for Gambia to start thinking about how to move from 0 to 10 on the way tax is collected.

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