House begins debate on Revenue Appeals Division Bill

Friday, April 10, 2015

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DEBATE on a Bill for the establishment of a Revenue Appeals Division began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Revenue Appeals Division Bill seeks to establish a separate division within the Ministry of Finance and Planning to hear appeals from aggrieved taxpayers in relation to their revenue liability.

The new entity, which will replace the Taxpayer Appeals Department, will be headed by a chief technical director, who will be known as the commissioner.

"There will also be at least two deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, a head of legal services and other officers as deemed fit for the efficient operation of the division," informed portfolio Minister, Dr Peter Phillips.

He said that the creation of the division will avoid the cost of lengthy delays arising from litigations in the Revenue Court.

The Bill prescribes the functions and management structure of the Revenue Appeals Division and also establishes its business processes.

It outlines the manner in which an appeal may be initiated, conducted and determined, and provides for offences and penalties for parties, who obstruct the appeals process.

Debate on the Bill is to continue at the next sitting of the House of Representatives next Tuesday.

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