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Report traders abusing levy: Commission

Report traders abusing levy: Commission
Ba Women’s Forum president Maria Doton and Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham at the Ba Women’s Forum on the 8th of August 2017.
August 12
11:00 2017

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has urged members of the public to come forward and lodge complaints using the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services Hotline – 1323 or alternatively to report such conduct at the nearest FCCC office.

The call was made by the FCCC after receiving multiple queries from members of the public who were concerned about variety stores, canteens, and smaller corner shops charging the levy.

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service had earlier clarified that businesses that do not have a Point of Sale System to electronically capture and reconcile the Plastic Bag Levy are not part of the Phase I of this roll-out.

This was simply because any levy charged to the customer needs to be properly accounted for and reconciled.

The Plastic Bag Levy is paid by the consumer based on their choice but collected by the businesses that are then required to remit the same to Fiji Revenue & Customs Services.

The Commission chief executive officer, Joel Abraham applauded the initiative that is meant to reduce the use of plastic bags and called on traders to ensure that they do not start abusing such an initiative by seeking to profit from it.

“The FCCC exists to protect the interests of the Fijian people and ensure fair practices in the marketplace and any attempt by any trader to mislead the public will be taken seriously.

“We will work very closely with Fiji Revenue and Customs Services to ensure that people are not abusing the system,” he said.

Mr. Abraham also said that under Section 55A, Receipts of the FCCC Act 2010, traders are required to give receipts at the time of sale to every purchaser.

The receipt should contain the relevant information including all applicable taxes.

This means businesses must ensure that the levy on plastic bags is shown clearly and separately on the receipt and it should also be noted that VAT is not chargeable on this Levy.

The FCCC is an independent statutory body that is mandated to promote effective competition in the Fijian marketplace, guard against restrictive trade practices, control prices of goods and services and protect consumers from unfair trade practices.

 

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