HC Deb 28 July 1937 vol 326 c3088
61. Mr. Lunn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the amount of direct taxation in Jamaica; whether such taxation is waived in the case of the taxable individual falling out of employment or being otherwise unable to pay; how many Jamaicans have been imprisoned in the last three years owing to non-payment of taxes; and whether there has been any change in the amount of direct taxation during that period.

Sir A. Lambert Ward

The main items of direct taxation in Jamaica are Income Tax and Property Tax, the rates of which are set out in the relevant Laws, of which copies have been placed in the Library of this House. In the year 1935–36 the revenue from these sources amounted to £78,873 and £87,393, respectively. Provision is made in the Laws for the remission of these taxes in whole or in part in certain circumstances. Inquiries will be made of the Governor of Jamaica in regard to the third part of this question. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.

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