27 Oct 2003

Three Fiji Government departments being sued for failing to pay taxes

4:58 pm on 27 October 2003

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority has started legal action against three government departments to recover outstanding taxes.

The Fiji Times reports that the three are the ministry of foreign affairs, the legislature and the elections office.

The newspaper says the total uncollected taxes of about 73-million US dollars, government departments alone owe about 20-million dollars in Value Added Tax.

It quotes the chief executive of the Revenue and Customs Authority, Sila Kotobalavu, as saying that chasing them is taking too much time, so they have started legal action.

He says the Value Added Tax component was allocted in their budgets for this year, so all they have to do is pay up.