Mandalay authorities issue final warning to tax dodgers
COMPANIES using the Ayeyarwady River facilities in Mandalay Region are being offered a last chance to pay their taxes before the authorities take action, officials say. Tax notices have already gone out to non-payers, says the regional Department of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
River users with permits to use ports and jetties along the Ayeyarwady and at Shwe Kyat Yat, NyaungU and Kaw Wane jetties have to pay tax for docking ferry rights and cargo storage.
Some users are claiming they cannot pay the dues because squatters are living on their farmlands, U Toe Aung Lin, a department official, told The Myanmar Times on November 7.
“There are still some left who have not yet paid the tax. Some say they cannot pay because squatters are denying them access to their lands, but others apparently can work their land.
“We won’t take action yet against the former if they can’t work, and will extend the deadline by one month so as to avoid wasting public funds. As for the others, the matter has been submitted to the chief minister. We advise all in receipt of demands to pay their taxes,” he said.
In fiscal 2014-15, 17 arrears demands for jetty tax were sent out, and another 10 last year, who were given until October to pay.
Defaulters will be placed on a blacklist and their operations will be shut down unless they pay, the department has warned.
But it would not comment on how much it is owned. The department says the revenue derived from the tax is required to fund the operations of the regional government.
“During November we will issue the next round of permits for port rights, with taxes to be paid in accordance with the law. These arrears are a burden on the state, so we will enforce the law decisively,” he said.
Permits for the right to use riverside land are available through application to the regional water resources department. More than 100 licences have so far been issued this year, and about 150 applications are expected over the coming year.
‘These arrears area burden on the state, so we will enforce the law decisively. ’
U Toe Aung Lin Department of Water Resources