Dr Skerrit did truly mean all citizens, including those who received citizenship through the country’s renowned Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. “We are examining a plan to encourage some of our new citizens who do not reside in Dominica, to consider becoming tax resident here,” he said, signalling a strategy that would render Dominica even more inclusive than it currently is, encouraging these foreign-born citizens to create even stronger bonds with the Caribbean island. “[I]t would ensure that our engagement with our new citizens is deeper and more continuous,” underlined the Prime Minister.
The strategy also mirrors the win-win philosophy that is at the heart of the CBI Programme. To CBI citizens, it promises tax residence without prolonged physical presence requirements, as well as a much-coveted tax identification number that could be used internationally. To the nation of Dominica, it augurs a new source of revenue, as CBI citizens would be asked to pay a minimum amount of income tax every year. “It is likely that this new proposal, which must be designed carefully so as to maintain the integrity of our existing Programme, could yield more than the $34.0 million raised last year by all of our existing income taxes,” highlighted Dr Skerrit.