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Tikolevu: Take Advantage Of Amnesty

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) is encouraging tax payers to take advantage of its amnesty period. This is after Fiji Commerce Commission, Nur Bano Ali, made remarks about
18 Apr 2015 11:18
Tikolevu: Take Advantage Of Amnesty

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) is encouraging tax payers to take advantage of its amnesty period.

This is after Fiji Commerce Commission, Nur Bano Ali, made remarks about the number of people registered with the Tax Identification Number (TIN) and how FRCA should focus on non compliers.

The FRCA chief executive officer, Jitoko Tikolevu, yesterday revealed that out of 6000 corporate companies registered only a handful were tax return lodgers.

“It is surprising to see over of 6000 corporate companies registered only 1000 are actually lodging,” Mr Tikolevu said.

“From that we are having difficulty we are facing in trying to get all to lodge.”

He said for the past three weeks a FRCA team had been going around in good faith trying to communicate with non compliers or non lodgers of taxpayers.

“We are trying to communicate with taxpayers in good faith as we understand there could be reasons are having problem,” Mr Tikolevu said.

“But we would like to inform people that there is an amnesty programme, come on board, take advantage of this the amnesty period which expires in June and I am sure we can help them.

“They might have difficulty in paying liabilities or maybe updated information whether they are actually in operation or not but we encourage everyone to take advantage of the amnesty and we would be very happy to help and we might extend the amnesty by 12months if you come up now.”

Meanwhile, chief executive officer of the centre for customs exercise studies, Professor David Widdowson, said regulators have to enforce the law but it was also important that those who were regulated understood what their roles and responsibilities were.

“If traders don’t know what the rules are than we cannot expect them to comply,” he said.

Ms Ali, and New Zealand Inland Revenue Department Director Katrina Williams suggested that FRCA workers needed to change their attitude towards customers.

“You need to see from the customer’s perspective and work together to help reduce non compliance and cost,” Ms Williams said.

 




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