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FRCA investigates abuse of tax concession for relief donations

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority is investigating a case of abuse of the tax concession on consignments that coming into the country for relief and rehabilitation purposes after TC Winston. FRCA Acting Chief Executive Officer Visvanath Das said they are investigating an allegation which involved a particular person or group abusing the tax concession. […]

Staff Writers

March 25, 2016 12:24 pm

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority is investigating a case of abuse of the tax concession on consignments that coming into the country for relief and rehabilitation purposes after TC Winston.

FRCA Acting Chief Executive Officer Visvanath Das said they are investigating an allegation which involved a particular person or group abusing the tax concession.

Mr Visvanath Das, Chief Executive Officer, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority(FRCA). (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Visvanath Das. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Mr. Das said he cannot reveal further information as the matter is under investigation.

The law provides that the penalty can be up to three times the value of the goods itself.

Under the Customs law, you have $200,000 pay offence, heavy penalties for that and I don’t think it is worth taking the risk and testing the system in that regard.

Mr. Das said that there are opportunists who would look to take advantage of the tax exemptions announced by the Government last month on relief consignments addressed to the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Das added that FRCA is vigilant in combating any abuse of concession.

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