Some companies in Fiji have been fined heavily for evading and avoiding tax. This has not been a deterrent, it seems.
Some of these companies and individuals have done it again and have once again been caught out by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.
If the fines are not a deterrent, what will work? Government has already talked about naming and shaming the culprits.
When a company or an individual does not pay taxes, it is a crime against every law-abiding citizen who do pay their taxes on time.
It is a crime against the nation because we depend on that money for further development projects in the country.
FRCS needs to seriously consider publishing the names of these companies and individuals. The nation has a right to know who the culprits are who think it is alright not to pay your taxes.
At least $70million has been recovered as fines by FRCS. There is more out there. It is really a shame when such steps have to be taken.
Some business houses are worst offenders. Some supermarkets have been known to do this, and more.
FRCS has had to resort to getting Electronic Fiscal Devices installed in supermarkets. They needed to do this to record daily sales in real time.
They had to do this because some supermarkets and companies were busy doing dirty deals such as keeping two cash registers.
Who loses out? The entire nation.
No country can develop if taxes are not paid. We need to cull those who are repeat offenders and there is a need to name and shame them.