Presented by The Ministry of Finance

Tax Relief

Plans to reduce the cost of living

Returning Savings to the Pockets of the Most Vulnerable

The purpose of the Government’s tax relief measures is to cushion the impact of tax reform on the poorest households by reducing the cost of commonly purchased consumers goods. In particular, the Budget makes provision for three main initiatives.

  1. Removing VAT from the Breadbasket and Prescription Medication
  2. Removing VAT on Electricty and Water Bills 
  3. Increasing the Customs Exemption Limit at Baggage Claim 

What items are VAT-Free for consumers?  

After a period of public education, the government plans to reshape the breakbasket to include more healthy options, and lower the cost of adopting a more holistic lifestyle. The Ministry of Health is currently engaged in an active consultative process intended to sensitize Bahamians about healthy food choices.


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