Tax Administration enforcers yesterday seized two luxury vehicles belonging to popular dancehall artiste, Bounty Killer.
The vehicles, a Range Rover and Totoya Land Cruiser, were said to have been seized because the deejay, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, owes the tax department millions of dollars in taxes.
Officials visited the deejay’s Constant Spring Road apartment early yesterday morning and first confiscated his white Range Rover, while residents stood by watching. Sometime after, his Land Cruiser was also placed on a wrecker and taken away.
Communications director at the Tax Administration Department, Merris Haughton, would not give details, but confirmed that other entertainers are among several categories of persons being eyed.
“There is a serious problem with delinquency right across the board – entertainers, business persons and professionals,” Haughton stressed.
She made it clear that she was not singling out entertainers, but indicated that a number of them are in arrears.
Efforts by THE STAR to contact Bounty after the incident were unsuccessful but his lawyer, Linda Wright, said that her client will be meeting with a chartered accountant today to review the matter.
She said that the deejay did file his annual returns, and paid monies to the tax department.
Wright further said that the tax department assessed Bounty for much more than he had paid and the artiste objected.
Last month, the Tax Department also seized a Mercedes Benz motorcar from the home of dancehall star ‘Elephant Man’ whose real name is Oneil Bryan.
Grammy award-winning deejay, ‘Beenie Man’, whose real name is Moses Davis, was also hauled before the tax court in 2008 for allegedly owing millions of dollars in taxes.