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It is true, GST would be the nail in the coffin for some local businesses. I have run a small company on the UK before and the VAT side of the business is a colossal pain that eats into time that should be spent earning revenues. Many small businesses can only survive on-island due to the relatively low administrative burden allowing them time to generate income sufficient to cover the extra labor costs compared to the mainland. Introduce more administration and that balance gets tipped in the wrong direction and the company ceases to trade profitably. Not the case for all small businesses but definitely for some. As has already been noted there is also the government cottage industry in GST collection to consider, the huge implementation overhead for all businesses, and the negative impact on tourism. I hope that the powers-that-be aren't even considering it, Jersey has comprehensively proven what a flawed concept it is for everyone bar central government.