Man­dalay au­thor­i­ties is­sue fi­nal warn­ing to tax dodgers

The Myanmar Times - - Business - KYAW KO KO kyawkoko@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

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

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