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FRCA Hosts International Tax Issues Workshop

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Chief Executive Officer, Jitoko Tikolevu has urged tax administrators in the region to work together to improve compliance and revenue collection. Mr Tikolevu made
21 Nov 2014 07:44
FRCA Hosts International Tax Issues Workshop
World Bank representative, Acroatia Hatsidimitris addressing the workshop this week while Jitoko Tikolevu looks on.

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Chief Executive Officer, Jitoko Tikolevu has urged tax administrators in the region to work together to improve compliance and revenue collection.

Mr Tikolevu made the comments while opening a three day World Bank Group workshop for tax officers from the region at the World Customs Organisation Regional Training Centre in Nasese, Suva this week.

He said: “Tax authorities need to collaborate to enforce compliance as well as identify tax risks,” said Mr Tikolevu, who is also chairman of the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association.

“We have our own domestic issues and challenges but we must be very aware of the developments in the international arena.”

The workshop is being facilitated by Robert Deutsch and Arcotia Hatsidimitris of the World Bank Group. The workshop has representatives from Tonga, Kiribati, Cook Island, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Fiji.

Mr Tikolevu said there was a need to simplify our tax systems to enhance stakeholder relations.

“This is very critical. Our stakeholders must trust that the system is working in our various tax administrations,” he said.

“We cannot ignore the fact that integrity is important as well,” he added.

Mr. Tikolevu thanked the World Bank facilitators and challenged the participants to form a strong network during the workshop.

The facilitator Ms. Hatsidimitris highlighted that this is the first of the three workshops per year on basic International Tax concepts. She also revealed that more Industry Specific workshops will be conducted next year.

FRCA collected $1.54billion for the first nine months this year, $100m above target. Improved compliance was one of the attributing factors to the buoyant collection.

 

 




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