Thousands plan to demo over Mac’s ex-pat tax
(CNS): Updated with cancelation of public meeting -- With the community already subject to massive amounts of fees and duties, the proposal by the premier to introduce a discriminatory income tax on work-permit holders has seen both Caymanains and expatriates unite against the move. From the CNS blog pages to a new Facebook group, the internet and social media is buzzing with opposition to the move from every corner of the Cayman community. According to a new Facebook page, some 6000 people have indicated they will be going to, or are supporting, a peaceful demonstration planned for this evening at the Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay.
Caymanians and Expats United Against Taxation was set up by work permit holder Nick Pitman as a reaction to what he called the latest “ignorant and discriminatory policy from the current administration” which he said was vote hunting and now has close to 10,000 members.
Pitman said it is not a PPM page or an expat page; it's a united page. “It is the Caymanian people who are suffering the most already because of the rollover policy with empty houses that need tenants increasing in number," he said.
The group has organised a demonstration at the location where the premier is holding a meeting about his proposed 10% income tax on work-permit holders earning $20,000 per annum and above in an effort to balance the ever-growing Cayman Islands budget.
"This is your chance to speak out against (this) crazy decision to introduce the ‘community enhancement fee’,” Pitman said. “Bring your friends, placards, banners and a nice non-aggressive attitude. Let’s show him how much we love Cayman and how we feel he is killing this beautiful place we call home, hurting the very people he claims to protect.”
A public meeting planned by the premier at Mary Miller Hall in George Town for Monday evening at 7pm has now been postponed. The premeir will now be meeting with the public in West Bay on Wednesday evening.
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