Antigua and Barbuda Is Abolishing Its Personal Income Tax

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - January 21, 2016

Another Caribbean island will soon be without a personal income tax.

Antigua and Barbuda will be abolishing its personal income tax beginning in April, the government announced this week.

The personal income tax, which had been introduced in 2004, had placed a tax of 8 percent on people earning an income above $3,500.

It had also levied a 15 percent tax on people who earned an income above $25,000.

“Effective, April 2016, Personal Income Tax will be abolished in its entirety,” said Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne. “Not only will it put more money in the pockets of the people, so that they can save or spend more for the benefit of the economy as whole, it will help to re-establish our country as one of the most competitive in the Caribbean and beyond.”

Upon taken office in 2014, Browne quickly pledged to work to make the twin-island country an “economic powerhouse” in the Caribbean.

Antigua and Barbuda’s economy grew at a 3.2 percent clip in 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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