26 Nov 2009

Commissioner of Inland Revenue in Solomon Islands defends committee

12:19 pm on 26 November 2009

The Commissioner of Inland Revenue in Solomon Islands, Andrew Minto, has defended the committee that makes recommendations on the granting of tax exemptions, saying it is operating in a fair and equitable manner.

Mr Minto was reacting to local media claims that the committee discriminates against some foreign investors and is unduly influenced by foreign advisers.

Mr Minto says nothing could be further from the truth.

He says the committee is chaired by senior staffers of Inland Revenue and to say they are unduly influenced by others is insulting and demeaning.

The granting of tax exemptions in Solomon Islands has long been a controversial issue with the government foregoing tens of millions of dollars in revenue.