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VAT: Is it Suitable for the Caribbean Community?

Peters, Amos C and Bristol, Marlon A (2006): VAT: Is it Suitable for the Caribbean Community? Forthcoming in: Social and Economic Studies


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The Caribbean Community is in transition, moving toward a liberalized trade environment with low tariffs. Tax reform is at the forefront of the policy response since traditional sources of tax revenue such as import duties are on the decline. This paper evaluates the suitability of the VAT to countries of the Caribbean Community. We examine theoretical arguments, practical experiences of the Caribbean with the VAT and the economic and tax characteristics of the Caribbean. We conclude by supporting VAT implementation in the Caribbean Community. This paper also reflects a comprehensive survey of tax reform efforts in the Caribbean.

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