Chamber Slams Business ‘Tax Rise’

19th May 2017

Jersey’s Chamber of Commerce says government measures to limit migration will “again raise the cost of doing business in the island”.

It has labelled the proposed charges as “further tax increases”.

New Chamber President Eliot Lincoln says members are reporting an “uphill struggle in finding new ways of absorbing the increasing cost of operating in Jersey”.

He says the new fees – which will force companies to pay to employ workers from outside the island and introduce a levy on land and property purchases – will make many businesses “seriously consider” the viability of trading in the island.

Mr Lincoln has “strongly urged” the government to listen to employers, highlighting existing concerns over the commercial waste charges which are due to begin next March.

The President of the Jersey Hospitality Association, Fiona Kerley, says the charges may prove the final straw for many companies in the tourism industry.

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