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Thumbs Up For A-G’s Words For Taxpayers

  Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has been commended for clarifying that taxpayers are customers. The chairman and president of the Security Employers Association Fiji, Vili Raqio, hailed
17 Sep 2016 09:28
Thumbs Up For A-G’s Words For Taxpayers
Vili Raqio.

 

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has been commended for clarifying that taxpayers are customers.

The chairman and president of the Security Employers Association Fiji, Vili Raqio, hailed the comment made by the minister who said tax officers must approach taxpayers with caution.

He said this was agreed to by many business stakeholders as they have had some bad experiences not only as proprietors but their workers as well.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted the issue during the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association 13 Heads Meeting at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa on Wednesday.

“Most of the company Directors always complain about Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA). Some of the small companies out there are not operating fully, they are trying to survive but are struggling, because they cannot handle the situation,” he said.

Mr Raqio, who is also the managing director for Defence Security and Global Services Fiji, said: “I am one of those victims they penalised. My small company is trying to survive because of late payments through audit of $52,000 and the current CEO in FRCA told me to pay $5000 a month, so I have to pay off this amount in nine months in which I can’t handle.

“At the end of the day, I requested them if they can decrease that amount and now I am paying $2500 a month. I have no choice but to pay off the amount because on the other hand the 70-80 families of security officers are in dire need.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 


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