Politicians reject plan to review Island tax system

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POLITICIANS rejected a major review of Jersey's tax system on the first day of a debate into States spending which got under way yesterday.

A series of amendments to the Medium Term Financial Plan Addition – the Island's spending plans for the next three years – were scrutinised in the States Assembly, with debates expected to continue until Thursday.

The MTFP Addition could have faced serious disruption if Senator Sarah Ferguson's amendment for £30,000 to be allocated to investigate the impact of proposed new health and waste charges as well as the zero-ten corporate tax regime had been passed.

However, the move, which would have seen the introduction of the controversial new charges delayed until the review's findings were announced, was soundly defeated by 30 votes to 18.

MTFP Addition – full coverage: Pages 8 and 9 in Wednesday's JEP.

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