Commission studying tax plan to seek more time to deliberate

A special commission considering the central government’s tax plan has asked for more time to study the complex measure. The commission is coming to the end of the four-weeks members had to consider the bill. They are expected to ask for at least another week.

The measure is likely to be approved in committee and passed on to the full legislature for debate and a vote. The Chinchilla administration said it believes it has the votes to pass the tax proposals.

Central to the plan is a 14 percent value-added tax that covers many more products and services than the current 13 percent sales tax.

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