Thousands in St. Kitts-Nevis to benefit from early payouts and double salary


The Dr. Timothy Harris-led Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will payout the much anticipated bonus salary or double salary on Friday, Dec. 13, — marking an unprecedented fourth consecutive year the Team Unity administration will be making such a payment.

The double salary will apply to all employees of the Federal Government and Statutory Corporations.

“The Federal government, in keeping with tradition, will also make gratuitous payment available to the employees of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). That has been the pattern over the last 4-5 years of this administration,” said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris during the Thursday sitting of the National Assembly, under the section “Statements by Ministers” on the Order Paper.

Additionally, the prime minister announced that the beneficiaries of the popular Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) will also be paid on Friday, Dec. 13.

“The 1,000 plus Government Auxiliary Employees (GAE), who were denied their customary honorarium since 2012 by the former regime, they will be paid again by Team Unity on Dec. 13. That is good news for the GAE workers,” said Dr. Harris.

Friday, Dec. 13, will also be a good day for workers under the Skills Training Empowerment Programme (STEP) in St. Kitts and Nevis, as they too will be paid that day.

“In other words, over ten thousand persons come 13th of December will have a lot of money to put it in simple terms thanks to a Team Unity Government,” Prime Minister Harris said, while also encouraging persons to spend wisely throughout the Christmas and Carnival seasons.

Friday, Dec. 13 is also the first of the two Discounted VAT Rate (DVR) days in St. Kitts and Nevis. The second date is Saturday, Dec. 21.

The two Discounted Vat Rate Days will allow all VAT registered businesses to charge VAT at the rate of 5 percent on the sale of goods only. All tangible items that are presently subject to 17 percent VAT will qualify for the discounted VAT Rate.