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Feb 18, 2016

Orange Walk Resident Wins GST Monthly Raffle

A third winner was chosen this past Monday for the General Sales Tax Raffle. The raffle started last year with its first drawing on December fifteenth; there was another on January fifteenth and then February fifteenth. Belizeans across the country simply needed to request their GST receipts for purchases at stores. To every fifty dollar receipt redeemed at GST branches countrywide, consumers got a chance to compete in the raffle. The last two winners were from Belize City and on Monday, Guadalupe Fabro of Orange Walk won the five thousand dollars cash. News Five caught up today with Fabro and Assistant Commissioner at GST, Reynaldo Verde as she was handed the big cheque.

 

Reynaldo Verde

Reynaldo Verde, Asst, Commissioner, GST Department

“The Commissioner and the Department is very glad to have a third winner and more glad is that we had a winner from different districts so that everybody can see that no matter where they put in their receipts, it does reach here at the main office and everybody gets a fair chance to win.”

 

Duane Moody

“How can people being eligible for this and the importance of that process?”

 

Reynaldo Verde

“Again, the raffle is very nice. It is choosing a winner to get something, get a little change to spend, but actually everybody is a winner. Everybody who puts a ticket in that raffle is a winner because their hard earn tax dollar is accounted for and it is used for education, to pave the streets, national security and the like.”

 

Guadalupe Fabro

Guadalupe Fabro, Winner, GST Raffle

“I was happy I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t think what to say because it was a surprise for me.”

 

Duane Moody

“How many tickets did you submit?”

 

Guadalupe Fabro

“Well my last tickets I think I send in ten, but before that I sent about three or four.”

 

Duane Moody

“So a minimal amount of tickets but you still won. Talk to us on whether you’ve decided what you are going to use that money for.”

 

Guadalupe Fabro

“Yes, I am going to pay some bills, save some for the education of my kids and…”

 

Duane Moody

“Will you continue to submit tickets?”

 

Guadalupe Fabro

“Yes I will.”

 

Reynaldo Verde

“We are not saying that businesses are not complying, but we are saying that when there is another means to capture your data, you are going to ensure that your records are kept properly. So whenever each person asks for a receipt that gives a little more assurance that the business person is accounting for your tax dollars.”

 

The next raffle is on the fifteenth of March and will continue every month until the fifteenth of May. The initiative ends on July first with the grand raffle of a 2016 Toyota Rav-Four. 

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