Ministry ito exempt farmers from paying land tax for 2012-13

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement intends to exempt all farmers from paying land tax for the 2012/2013 financial year.

Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb made the announcement in his motivation statement for the ministry’s 2014/15 budget on Thursday.

He said as a mitigating factor to farmers against the severe drought last year, the ministry intends to exempt all farmers from paying land tax during the 2012/2013 financial year.

!Naruseb noted that there is currently a case before the High Court where a farmer is challenging the constitutionality of the regulations on the operations of the land tax in the country.

With regards to the 2012-2017 Provisional Valuations Roll, !Naruseb emphasised that it is still to be approved by the Valuation Court since its sitting had been nullified by the High Court.

On 11 September 2013, the High Court handed down a ruling and declared that the sitting of the Valuation Court established in terms of the provisions of Regulation 8 of Government Gazette No. 120 of 2007, is null and void.

!Naruseb indicated that the Valuation Court will be reconstituted to preside on the Provisional Valuation Roll for its approval during the current financial year.