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kobo



United Kingdom
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Posted - 09 Jan 2014 :  15:17:50  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. Gov’t urges defaulters to settle arrears- Announces publication of ‘White Paper’ on Tax Evasion Commission

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The government of The Gambia announced Tuesday that a ‘White Paper’ has been published in The Gambia Gazette accepting the recommendations in the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Evasion and other Corrupt Practices in The Gambia from 1999 to 2011. Consequently, it urged affected individuals and companies to settle the amounts owed as indicated in the Commission of Inquiry Report and accepted in the government White Paper.

Below is the full text of the press release.


The Government of The Gambia hereby informs the general public that a White Paper has been published in The Gambia Gazette accepting the recommendations in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Evasion and other Corrupt Practices in The Gambia from 1999 to 2011. The adverse findings made against individuals and companies in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry are therefore binding and must be complied with. For the avoidance of doubt, any compromise or negotiation of the Commission of Inquiry's findings and recommendations are unlawful and null and void.

Only the Commission of Inquiry's findings and recommendations as accepted in the Government White Paper have legal force except as may be varied by the Court of Appeal of The Gambia. Affected individuals and companies are urged to settle the amounts owed as indicated in the Commission of Inquiry Report and accepted in the Government White Paper.

Source: Daily Observer News

2. Govt. accepts Tax Commission recommendations, Urges defaulters to settle arrears

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Gambia government Tuesday announced that it has accepted the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Evasion and other Corrupt Practices, established in November 2011 by President Yahya Jammeh to look into tax evasion and other corrupt practices of accountants, legal practitioners, companies, and private persons, medical practitioners and institutions required to pay tax to the Gambia Revenue Authority.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the government said a ‘White Paper’ has been published in The Gambia Gazette accepting the recommendations in the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Evasion and other Corrupt Practices in The Gambia from 1999 to 2011.

The commission was also mandated, among other things, to ascertain the extent of loss of public revenue resulting from non-payment of capital gains tax, personal income tax and sales tax; and to determine the role of individuals, groups and professional bodies in the evasion and avoidance of tax.

It was also tasked to enquire into professional malpractice by members of the public as it relates to obtaining goods through widespread issuance of false and dud cheques and other malpractices by members of professional bodies as these have affected foreign direct investment in The Gambia....

Source: The Point News & full report

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Edited by - kobo on 09 Jan 2014 15:19:06

Nyarikangbanna

United Kingdom
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Posted - 09 Jan 2014 :  17:04:01  Show Profile Send Nyarikangbanna a Private Message
Some of the findings of the tax commission are currently being challenged at the Court of Appeal and they have been gathering dust there since 2011 without progress being made. For that reason alone government should hold on until those matters are cleared.

These are just findings of a judicial inquiry and not convictions or judgements in an adversarial context. Thus, even if the government wants to proceed with their threats nothwithstanding the pending cases in the Appellete Court, they can only do this through criminal prosecutions and these are not likely to go anywhere in some if not most cases as the chairperson of the commission herself, have said that some of the findings are not based on proofs but mere suspicion/assumption. I find that part bit worrying. In any case, the burden of proof in criminal cases is beyond reasonable doubt.

Thanks

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Edited by - Nyarikangbanna on 10 Jan 2014 01:47:00
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kobo



United Kingdom
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Posted - 10 Jan 2014 :  06:13:39  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. A 'White Paper': "In various countries, a government report on a particular subject giving information and details of future planned laws."

A 'White Paper' introduce or officially launched a serious debate through parliament "to test the climate of public opinion regarding a controversial policy issue and enables the government to gauge its probable impact" for legislation.

"White Papers are used as a means of presenting government policy preferences prior to the introduction of legislation."

A Government Gazette: Is an Official Public record publish for information.

2. More Wikipedia notes and information on;

Edited by - kobo on 10 Jan 2014 06:32:04
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